Early Childhood Education

Online Master in Early Childhood Education 

Early Childhood Education Master of Arts Online Program

Early Childhood Education, M.A. Program Overview

This mostly online Master Teacher Concentration is a non-licensure Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and provides specialized preparation for those interested in young children’s development from birth to eight years of age and their families. The focus is on promoting the optimal developmental environment for young children, birth to eight years of age. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Master Teacher online cohort will move through the program at a rate of two courses per semester leading to the M.A. degree in just 24 months.

"Mostly Online" means that while all of your coursework will be completed online, there is a required one-day orientation. Contact us for more information about the requirements for this program.

Who the Early Childhood Education, M.A. program is for:

This online program is specifically designed for individuals who are already certified in early childhood education or who do not want licensure, and who are interested in a master’s degree that can be obtained during a 4-semester plus two summer time period.


Each applicant to the graduate program in early childhood education must complete the following:

  • Complete all the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Present a minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average or complete a probationary period in which the student achieves a grade point average of 3.0 and no grade lower than a B in the first 9 credits of graduate credit.
  • Be reviewed by the Early Childhood Admission committee. Those who do not have an undergraduate degree in early childhood education or a related field of study may be required to take selected undergraduate courses that will strengthen the applicant’s background in early childhood education

Your Online Early Childhood Education, M.A. Program

Fall I

  • ECED 5330 - History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research (3 credits)

Spring I

  • ECED 5210 - Advanced Child Development (3 credits)
  • ECED 5336 - Advanced Creative Development (3 credits)

Summer I

  • ECED 5347 - Technology and Media in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • ECED 5344 - Family and Community Relationships (3 credits)

Fall II

  • ECED 5325 - Constructivist Programs for Young Children (3 credits)
  • ECED 5356 - Language and Literacy Development of Young Children (3 credits)

Spring II

  • ECED 5570 - Practicum in ECE (3 credits)
  • ECED 5335 - Assessing and Evaluating Young Children (3 credits)

Summer II

  • ECED 5332 - Designing Early Childhood Environments (3 credits)
  • ECED 5345 - Research in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

Note: This schedule is a projected plan of study and is subject to change.

Total Hours Required: 36 Credit Hours
Total Time to Graduation: 24 Months

Source: 2015-16 Graduate Catalog
Early Childhood Education, M.A.


2015-16 ETSU graduate base tuition plus online fees*:

  • $554 per credit hour for in-state students
  • $706 per credit hour for eRate for out-of-state students

*Tuition cost reflected here includes 2015-2016 base tuition and online fees only and does not include RODP courses and programs. Some courses and programs may have additional fees. More information can be found on the University Tuition and Fee Information and the Incidental Fee Information pages.

Students meeting the requirements for Border County residency qualify for in-state tuition rates. 

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information:

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