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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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Early Childhood Education [M.A.]

Program Overview

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 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. 

Watermark monitors student progress. 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

Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. The University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below.

The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Hold Teacher Certification. This requirement may be waived for international applicants who do not intend to teach in the United States.

Department Information

Teacher Education | Wendy Burke, Ph.D., Department Head | 313 Porter, 734.487.3260, wburke1@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Wendy Burke, Ph.D., 313 Porter, 734.487.3260, wburke1@emich.edu

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: