Online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education

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Accelerate your career while enjoying the flexibility of an online Master’s degree program in early childhood education.

In this program, designed for early childhood professionals, you will gain a deeper understanding of how children age 8 and younger grow and learn, and how their families, communities, culture, and the broader early childhood systems affect their development and success.

You can choose from focus areas or a choice of electives to meet your interests and professional goals. Within the focus areas there are paths to optional credentials. You can choose from four focus areas:

Alternatively, you can help shape your degree with a choice of electives across topics such as social emotional learning, leadership and advocacy, STEM, literacy, new language learners and special education.

With the help of an academic advisor, you can build a program plan that addresses specific interests based on your current or desired career position and professional development. This degree prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education Credential, Levels 2-5, through the Entitled Route. To earn the credential, you will need to complete the appropriate Gateways application and provide documentation of your academic and professional experiences. Requirements, timing, and related costs may vary.

Applicants can also apply for Erikson Institute scholarships and grants. Learn more about financial aid and scholarships on our Financial Aid page.

Erikson Institute has partnered with Illinois Gateways to Opportunity to provide an entitled application route for many of its certificate and degree programs. You can refer to the focus area page for any applicable details.

Note: This program does not lead to teacher licensure. If you are looking for a program that leads to an initial teaching license, consider our on-campus program.

Explore focus areas

In addition to our general program, students can select an Online M.S. in Early Childhood Education focus area that best meets their goals. The curriculum and field placements are tailored to the focus area you choose.