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Early Childhood Education Program Admission

Admission Eligibility

To be eligible to enroll in the Early Childhood Education master's degree program​, students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Application Requirements

A complete application to the Early Childhood Education program will include the following materials:

  • Graduate admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (from work supervisors or academic references)
  • Personal statement that briefly explains your reasons for wanting to become a licensed educator of young children (i.e., birth through third grade.) In your rationale, include how you envision working with young children, their families and their communities. Use any specific experiences or events that have shaped your thinking to clarify or illustrate your points (minimum 750 words).
  • $40 application fee

Applicants who have earned a degree outside of the U.S. or who will be considered international students must submit additional materials. Visit our International Students page for more information.

Applicants can upload supplemental application materials, send requests for letters of recommendation, and pay the application fee through our online application system.

Application Deadlines

The Early Childhood Education program admits new students every quarter: fall, winter, spring and summer. It offers rolling admissions, but the regular deadlines are set to assure students full consideration for admission and financial aid. The program will continue to accept and process applications after the regular deadline if space is available.


Regular Deadline

Notification Dates


August 15

rolling basis


December 1 rolling basis


March 1 rolling basis


May 1

rolling basis

Applicants typically receive an admission decision 3-4 weeks after submitting a complete application.​​​