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Early Childhood Education


PennWest Edinboro offers the best online Early Childhood Education degree in the nation. This degree prepares practicing and pre-service teachers to work with children birth through age eight by aligning their work to best practices and research. By focusing on young children and their specific learning needs, our Master’s degree is especially designed for PreKindergarten and Kindergarten teachers, 1st grade teachers, childcare teachers and directors as well as specialists in Early Intervention.

Ranked #1 Online Program in the U.S.

Our Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is ranked #1 in the nation by Top Education Degrees. It has also received national advanced recognition by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

With national recognitions for excellence and affordability, we prepare students for careers that make a difference.

Why Edinboro Stands Out .

At Edinboro, we understand the needs of the modern classroom and prepare students for success today and in the future.

This 30-credit master's program is offered online, on your time. There is a one-week summer residency that is offered on campus or at a school near you. The Master's degree can be completed in five semesters, or in just 18 months with summers.

Early Childhood Teacher Certification (PreK-Grade 4) can be added to the M.Ed. with a blend of online and on-campus courses for those who have an earned undergraduate degree in another area.

Courses focus on research-based curriculum design, technology use and integration, families and communities as well as literacy, math, science (STEM and inquiry) and assessment (formal and authentic). All specifically focused on the youngest learner.

How Edinboro Supports You.

We understand you may want to advance your career without leaving your current position. That's why the courses in this program are designed for working teachers and professionals from any setting.

Our accomplished faculty will instruct, guide and inspire you to achieve and lead. They are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Because you will have access to all the resources of our nationally recognized School of Education as well as the School of Graduate Studies, you will graduate ready to make the biggest impact on the smallest students.

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Karen Lindeman
Program Head
314 Butterfield Hall
Email: klindeman@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-1550

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