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Master’s Degrees | Education | M.Ed. Early Childhood Education

Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education

Children absorb everything around them—the lessons taught in your classroom, the encouraging environment built in creative play, and the relationships they develop with peers. Many associate preparation for the future with the academics of middle and high school, but Pre-K and the elementary years lay down the foundation. A positive educational experience ends up directing the path of each student’s life—toward curiosity, exploration, and a rewarding livelihood.

The University of Mississippi’s online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education helps you transform into that force of change. You’re the one designing engaging curricula and fostering an inclusive environment all for students to thrive to their fullest. This flexible, fully online degree builds upon the skills you gained during your bachelor’s degree program and in your classroom experience and, if you already hold a Mississippi teaching license, allows you to expand your credentials with a Pre-K endorsement.

About the Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education Degree

The School of Education aims to graduate early childhood instructors who do more than teach. With a broader understanding of cognitive, social, and emotional development for the early childhood age group, you’ll be ready to apply research-based theories to shape lesson plans, incorporate creativity and play into the preschool or elementary classroom, and empower your students with the latest teaching strategies.

Taught by our school’s esteemed faculty members, all courses for the online M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education use an asynchronous format, providing a greater degree of flexibility and adapting to your schedule as a full-time educator looking to deepen your knowledge.

During this 10-course, 30-credit program, you’ll:

  • grow your classroom skills with a stronger understanding of pedagogy, collaboration, administration, policy analysis, and advocacy involving children from infancy through age 8,
  • learn to engage a wide spectrum of students through influential learning experiences designed to spark an interest in STEM and creative subject areas,
  • acquire the skills to design age-specific, dynamic curricula and learning environments,
  • discover new approaches for incorporating play and creativity into the classroom, ideally for building connections, and
  • explore current methodology and research while finding new ways to serve all students.

Choose a pathway

Through this program, you’ll have a choice of two tracks, based on goals and existing licensure:

Track 1:

Requires a valid teaching license for admission into the program, and program completion can lead to advanced licensure. Candidates admitted to Track 1 will complete field experience requirements, which will enable them to add early childhood education to their license as a content area. 

Track 2:

Does not require a teaching license or field experience requirements. While program completion can lead to advanced licensure, candidates admitted to Track 2 will NOT be able to add early childhood education to their license as a content area. 

Careers in Early Childhood Education

A bachelor’s in early childhood education opens the door to a rewarding career. Many professionals find that upon spending more time in the classroom, they wish to grow their knowledge and discover new techniques to nurture students and foster success within school culture. Others envision themselves in a leadership role, often having greater input in program and curriculum selection.

As schools see an influx of pupils over the next decade, demand for early childhood professionals remains steady. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of preschool teachers to grow 3% from 2022-2032, with about 56,300 openings each year over the decade.

The Ole Miss online M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education degree considers these divergent paths and the increasing need for skilled professionals interested in elevating Pre-K and elementary students. This degree program equips you to advance or transition to a role in:

  • educating the youngest learners,
  • overseeing early childhood programs as an administrator, director, or manager,
  • developing curricula for Pre-K or elementary classrooms or for instructional purposes at the college level,
  • professional development,
  • early intervention,
  • child and family policy development, or
  • early childhood development research and consulting.

Learn More About the Online M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Ole Miss

Expand your knowledge and add value to your classroom with an online Master’s in Early Childhood Education degree from Ole Miss. Have any questions before submitting an application?

Contact Program Coordinator Burhanettin Keskin via email at bkeskin@olemiss.edu or by phone (662) 915-5891.