Sep 22, 2021  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 

Early Childhood Education [M.A.]

Revised Program | Fall 2019

Program Overview

The program in early childhood education is designed for those who hold teacher certification and have or are seeking careers as classroom teachers (preschool through third grade), child care program directors or other positions related to the care and education of children ages birth through eight years. Each student’s program is worked out in consultation with an advisor according to the background and needs of the individual student. This online program requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit. The actual credits required for the degree may be more than 30, depending on the amount of previous coursework the student has successfully completed. Students can plan programs with their advisors that will enable them to meet the State of Michigan’s requirements for the early childhood endorsement for the elementary teaching certificate. This program complies with the standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

This program follows all Academic Policies and Processes as outlined in Graduate School policies. 

Student progress is monitored via Live Text. This process occurs naturally through each student’s enrollment in courses throughout the program.


Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education programs promote inquiry, advocacy and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society. This online early childhood education program addresses extended knowledge of developing and implementing age-appropriate, individually appropriate, and socially and culturally appropriate curriculum and teaching practices from birth through age eight.

This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.

Program Admission

Applicants must meet the following criteria

  • Meet the Graduate School admission requirements.
  • Hold Teacher Certification. For international students who do not intend to teach in the United States, this requirement can be waived.

Department Information

Teacher Education | Wendy Burke, Ph.D., Department Head | 313 Porter, 734.487.3260,

Advisor Information

Brigid Beaubien, Ph.D., 313 Porter, 734.487.3260,

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

All of the courses in the program and restricted elective areas count towards the Early Childhood Endorsement. The ZS requires a total of 27 hours of credit listed in the program and restricted elective areas.

The curricular requirements include a minimum of 30 graduate-level hours, to be distributed as follows: