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


Pracitcum placement onsite 

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.

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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.

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“The Scholar-Practitioner paradigm is the central, organizing theme of Carlow’s education program, and it is a beautiful, living philosophy that informs everything faculty and students do together in the program. As a full-time educator, it is more important to me than ever that my professional learning opportunities mirror and have resonance and utility with my daily work. I can say unequivocally that this was true of my coursework at Carlow – the learning informed my practice and my practice informed the learning. Carlow’s education program provides students with a remarkable framework for bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical wisdom. Every professor at Carlow pushed me not only to consider the everyday realities and complexities of teaching in the present, but also to conceptualize and work toward the even greater possible futures of the profession. I can’t say enough positive things about the Creative Inquiry course and process. The entire journey of constructing the Scholarly Personal Narrative (a thesis based on a combination of inquiry-based research rooted in the tradition of personal narrative) during this course was incredibly rewarding. The sense of accomplishment I felt when my piece was finally completed was simply indescribable. I found that the more questions I asked when developing my thesis, the more excited I was by the prospect of someday continuing to explore my inquiry topic via postgraduate research. Teachers are seldom asked in their professional lives to relate their understanding of education in terms of storytelling and narrative, so the opportunity afforded by this course to delve into the greater implications and meaning of my own experiences in the field was both intellectually and emotionally fulfilling.” 

Wes Garis
2024 Graduate 

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