College of Education > Academics > Teacher Education > Graduate Programs > Early Childhood Education (MA/MEd)
Earn your Early Childhood Education MA/MEd, and you’ll learn creative ways to offer safe, nurturing and stimulating play environments that help young children learn and grow. Early childhood educators teach in urban and suburban preschools, public and private elementary schools, child development centers, daycare centers and Head Start programs. They also work as educational consultants and home daycare providers.
You have the option to pursue an initial Illinois Teaching License (PEL) with an Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 3) endorsement and an Early Childhood Special Education approval. If you are already a licensed teacher, you can add an Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 3) endorsement and Early Childhood Special Education approval to your PEL. You’ll also be qualified for the ECE Gateway credential.
Classes meet on the Lincoln Park Campus, online, or a hybrid of both. The program can be completed in two years.
You’ll have the opportunity to practice teaching in elementary school classrooms around the city, as well as serve as an educational advocate for communities and families.
Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:
Submit an online application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, résumé and a personal statement.
You’ll complete 14 required courses, field experiences, a student teaching internship and content area coursework. MA students will complete an additional course and thesis.
of Early Childhood Education graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.
In the Early Childhood Education master’s program, you’ll study with respected experts like Professor Mojdeh Bayat, whose Resilience-based Interaction Model (RIM) is shifting the field’s practices and perspectives on shaping young children’s behavior to insure their future learning success. You’ll work alongside Associate Professor Marie Ann Donovan, whose statewide advocacy for early childhood professionals is improving public understanding and support for quality preparation programs and their graduates.
"While I gained a wealth of knowledge about the world and best practices in early childhood education at DePaul, more importantly, I developed a strong work ethic, a commitment to social justice and a strengths-based perspective. I think those attributes helped set me apart from other candidates."
Your degree will connect you with a robust community. You’ll benefit from a strong network of more than 16,000 College of Education alumni. Graduates go on to follow many career paths as elementary teachers, tutors or daycare managers at Bright Horizons.
Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at
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