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Early Childhood Education (MA/MEd)
Early Childhood Education (MA/MEd)

Create a strong foundation for young learners

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.

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Connected to Chicago

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.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are as follows:

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, résumé and a personal statement.

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Required Courses

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.

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of full-time employed 2017 College of Education graduates are in a job related to their degree.

Lifelong learning begins with educators

In the Early Childhood Education master's program, you'll study with renowned experts in early childhood development such as Associate Professor Marie Ann Donovan. Professor Donovan is noted for her work with parents and school communities focused on the critical role of literacy development in fostering young children’s later school success.

"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."

Lauren (MEd '15)

Lead Teacher, Head Start Program, Erie Neighborhood House
Lauren, Early Childhood Education MEd alumna  

Alumni Network

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.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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