In the graduate Early Childhood Education program at Carlow University, you will examine the intersecting factors that influence a young child’s growth and development and develop the skills of a highly effective classroom educator.  Courses focus on nurturing the dignity, worth and uniqueness of young children from birth to fourth grade. You’ll learn how to create nurturing and challenging classroom environments built on relationships where children can thrive and develop a love of learning. You will be prepared to teach children how to read, consider complexicities of communities and govenment, peform mathematical calculations, examine scientific phenomea, intergrate art and movement in your teaching.   

The program, guided by child development pedagogy and early learning standards, will prepare you for initial teaching certification in grades PreK-4th grade.  You may elect to take two additional certifiaton exams to add grade 5 and 6 to your licensure area.

A Carlow professor leans over the desk of two students. They are discussing the classwork.
Professor Monique Hockman works with students, including Mary Opipery, left, (Class of ’22, biology)and Kinzie Walker (Class of ’22, biologry/perfusion) as they do redox titrations to determine the chemical composition of synthesized salt during a general chemistry II lab, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in AJ Palumbo Hall. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)
Credits required: 

36 credits

Cost per credit: 


Time to degree: 

As few as 12 months


Student Teaching In-Person 

You will experience an accelerated program with eight-week online courses. You will learn inclusive practices, differentiated instruction, instructional and assistive technologies, birth-fourth grade curriculum strategies, universal design theory, the science of reading, best practices in dyslexia and culturally responsive education practices.

You will take part in a variety of practicum experiences in your own classrooms and The Campus Laboratory School of Carlow University. Community partnerships in the Pittsburgh area offer workshops and activities with guest speakers.

Quick Facts

  • Experience a cohort of supportive educator
  • Engage in creative assignments and meaningful discourse
  • Study structured literacy and best practices in STEAM based education 

Master’s in Early Childhood Education career opportunities

With a Master’s in Early Childhood Education, you can become a preschool or elementary teacher, lead teacher in a child care center, early childhood consultant, lecturer or preschool administrator.  You may work as an elementary teacher in a public, private, cyber, or independent school. You may also choose to work in nonprofit or community based organizations seving young children.  

Employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow over the next ten year.

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Meet our Alumni


Director of Special Education, Provident Charter School

"When deciding to attend graduate school, Carlow University was a natural choice, not only because of its familiarity, but also because of the various degree options."


Head Teacher, Child’s World Daycare

"I especially loved The Campus Laboratory School. It was a chance to experience the design of different classrooms, closely observe many teaching styles, and practice using different instructional strategies in a supportive environment."


Chemistry Teacher, Avonworth School District

"I want to take this moment and thank Dr. Keely Baronak and the whole Carlow team for the education and experiences I've gained from the MEd Secondary Education program. I'm excited to represent Carlow in my new home."

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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.

Students must complete Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements to gain initial teaching certification.

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Myriah Neal-McKenzie, 2022 graduate 

“Thank you to the Power of One teacher diversification program and Carlow University’s Education PRogram for pushing me to become an educator that is culturally aware, empathetic, and focused on creating a space where all students are seen and heard. I know that students need an adult that relates to them and encourages them to be their best. Carlow’s Education Program has given me all the resources I need to continue ensuring the success of all students” 

Graduate Student Lauren Smith, 2020 graduate 

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