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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.

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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.

View the course track. For a more detailed description of courses, view our course catalog.

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.