Carlow's MEd in Early Childhood Education program will prepare you to teach in PreK-4th grade
We believe in the transformational power of education. 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!  

All children deserves 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



Special Features of Carlow's MEd Early Childhood Program:


Can be completed in one or two years. Courses offered in hybrid and online in an 8-week format. All onsite courses are offered in the evening at the Oakland Campus. For a list of classes in the MEd in Early Childhood Education, please see this pdf


We go beyond traditional coursework. Students experience inquiry models of instruction, technology fluency training, interdisciplinary models, and so much more by being active participants in pedagogy. 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
REAMKE Learning Network
Pittsburgh Public Schools
Propel Hazelwood Charter School
Jeremiah’s Place
Blessed Be Educators
and many more…


Carlow University is a Satellite of CMU's CREATE Lab. All program participants will complete a course EDUC 728, Interdisciplinary Models, where technology fluency and emerging technologies will be highlighted. Students have access to innovative robotic technology and advanced professional development.


Throughout the program, students have an opportunity to complete a myriad of practicum placements and implement a variety of pedagogical skills:

  1. Diagnostic testing of K and 1st grade students in word structure knowledge and fluency
  2. Early literacy experiences with an emphasis on award-winning children’s literature
  3. Integrated curriculum design in math and science 
  4. Differentiated math stations 
  5. Developmental play and social-emotional learning assessment

Carlow + The Campus School

Carlow University shares its campus with the Campus School of Carlow University, with grades PreK through 8th. Students in education complete many of their hours and practicum placements in the school just steps away from their residence halls.

Study Education Abroad!

Students have access to some amazing experiences through the Center for Global Learning, but education faculty often take students overseas on important projects, like special education chair Susan O'Rourke's recent trip to Ghana, and this year's Alternative Spring Break in Nicaragua

Carlow University is a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship School

Carlow is the only private school in the region to earn this distinction. 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.

Where Our Graduates Go

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