Early Childhood MEd

All children deserve a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. - Rita Pierson, educator


Become a Leader in Early Childhood Education

Carlow's MEd in Early Childhood Education program will prepare you to teach in PreK-4th grade. 
At Carlow, experienced faculty and veteran educators teach all graduate classes. We celebrate diversity, champion social justice, and work tirelessly to address issues of equity in education. Whether you are a recent college graduate, mid-life career changer, or a veteran educator, we invite you to join us!  

Carlow is the only private school in the region to earn the distinction of being a T.E.A.C.H. school. T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education And Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® PENNSYLVANIA is an umbrella for several different scholarship programs to help child care professionals complete course work toward a degree or credential in early childhood education and increase their compensation. T.E.A.C.H. is administered by the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) in Pennsylvania. For more information on eligibility criteria, scholarship types and supports or to download an application, visit PACCA's website. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® PENNSYLVANIA is a licensed program of Child Care Services Association. 

Master's in Early Childhood Education Program Highlights

  • Hybrid, online, or on-campus course options available
  • Earn your degree in one to two years
  • Opportunity to complete a course through Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab, learning emerging technologies and technology fluency.



Practicum in Early Childhood Education 

We go beyond traditional coursework. You will experience inquiry models of instruction, technology fluency training, interdisciplinary models, and so much more by being an active participant in pedagogy. Throughout the program, you will have an opportunity to complete myriad practicum placements and implement a variety of pedagogical skills.

Carlow University also shares its campus with the Campus School of Carlow University, with grades PreK through 8th. You may complete your practicum placement in the school just steps away from your own classroom.

In addition, long-established partnerships in early childhood in the Pittsburgh region mean special workshops and guest speakers are a hallmark of our program. These partnerships include: 

  • Trying Together 
  • Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Fred Roger's Institute 
  • Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Warhol Museum
  • A+ Schools

Careers in Early Childhood Education

Graduates of Carlow's Masters in Early Childhood Education program have gone on to work at such places as:

  • The Children's Center of Pittsburgh
  • The Watson Institute
  • Head Start of Fayette County
  • Kindercare
  • Woodland Hills School District 

MEd Admissions Requirements

MEd students at Carlow often have previous degrees or experience in early childhood education or child development. If you are seeking early childhood teacher certification along with your master's degree, you will be required to complete initial certification requirements as well as the master's degree course work. Student teaching in both primary and preschool classrooms is required for initial teacher certification.

For acceptance into the MEd program, you will need an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. There is no GRE or GMAT required, helping make your application process easier.   Ready to take the next step in your educational journey? Request more information or apply online.

Master's in Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Notable Courses

ED 710 Child Development: Birth-Eight Years

Advanced study of the mental, social, emotional, moral, and physical development that occurs at a rapid and critical rate from birth to eight years. The learner becomes familiar with the normative descriptive research relative to these aspects of child development and with theories and principles of human development that pertain to the early years of the child. Educators have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the subtle, interactive nature of these facets of development and study the role of adults who actively and passively participate in this developmental process.

ED 715 Thesis/Research Project

The master's thesis is a research study or project that contributes to the theory and practice of education in the candidate's field of study. The thesis is carried out under the direction of a research director according to the guidelines established by the Education Department. During this course, candidates will develop a thesis proposal, seek approval from the thesis committee and Carlow University IRB committee, implement the thesis study or project, and write a final thesis report. The thesis proposal includes a problem statement, review of the literature, and method section outlining the thesis plan. The thesis report includes the problem statement, a review of the literature, the methodology, the results of findings, and a discussion of the findings. Guidelines for writing the thesis proposal and the thesis report are found in the thesis guide. Capstone experience, typically taken at the end of the program.

ED 721 Curriculum and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

A theoretical and practical review of curriculum for early childhood programs and various models for delivery of quality programming for young children and their families. Students develop a curriculum that is congruent with their stated philosophies of education. Informal and formal assessment, methods, and screening instruments are examined for validity and reliability with young children.

For a more detailed curriculum, please visit the course catalog section of our website, or request more information to talk to an admissions representative.