Become an inclusive, caring leader for young children with a Master’s in Early Childhood Supervision

You can make a difference for the next generation with a Carlow University master’s degree in Early Childhood Supervision. The program prepares early childhood leaders for positions in child care centers and elementary programs serving children from birth through sixth grade. Most principals are not prepared for Pre-K through kindergarten and early elementary leadership, which is this program’s focus.

Carlow will train you to become an effective, ethical agent of systemic change who can tackle implicit bias, racism and equity issues in the early childhood field, and connect you with like-minded educators.

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Credits required:

33 credits

Cost per credit:


Time to degree:

As few as 18 months


On campus or online

Master’s in Early Childhood Supervision curriculum

Carlow’s program is designed for working adults using a hybrid eight-week course format delivered over three semesters. Course topics include professional development and supervision, planning and administering early childhood programs, and supervising programs in early childhood education.

Quick facts

  • Complete your degree in 3 semesters
  • Accelerated 8-week course format offered online and on campus
  • Adult learner-friendly schedule with evening courses
  • Access to an early learning lab and professional development workshops
  • Networking opportunities with early childhood leaders across Pennsylvania
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Career opportunities for MEd in Early Childhood Supervision

Many school districts across the country report vacancies or a lack of qualified applicants for school leadership roles, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With this degree, you will be prepared for careers in advanced leadership and administrative positions in early child care centers, schools, district offices and nonprofit groups, including early childhood administrator, K-2 principal, Pre-K Counts evaluator, early childhood curriculum director and early childhood mentor.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Pamela Zimmerman
Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Become a leader.

Pam Zimmerman (MEd ’03) liked the exposure to a variety of leadership pathways she received in the Early Childhood Supervision program. “The program not only gave me the background needed to be a leader in the field but also gave me the confidence to take on leadership roles in (local) agencies. I was invited to many leadership opportunities across the state and outside of my community where I connected with other early childhood leaders.”

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