If you are interested in working with young children in public and private schools, childcare centers, or other community programs but you did not pursue a teaching degree in your undergraduate study, then our Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is right for you.
The program focuses on an inclusion model. Students are prepared to work with families, provide for the integration of children and services, and collaborate with other professionals. It is designed for the adult learner who desires to continue working while pursuing graduate study. Classes typically meet one evening per week. There will be a day commitment later in the program as you participate in a pre-kindergarten placement, and in a second placement in either the birth-to-age-3 or pre-K-to-grade-3 setting. This will depend upon whether you choose to seek endorsement in birth-to-age-3, pre-K-to-grade -3, or both.
You will choose one of several pathways upon application to the program. Typically students pursue the master's degree in early childhood education leading to certification. However, you may be interested in a master's degree in early childhood education without certification. Montessori teachers and those currently enrolled in the Montessori Training Center of New England may also complete a master's degree in early childhood education with a Montessori concentration.
Accreditation and State of Connecticut Certification Certification programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, including our graduate program in Early Childhood Education, are approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as well as the State of Connecticut Department of Education. Pass rate on the Educational Testing Service's Praxis II exam, which is utilized for certification of teachers in Connecticut, is 100 percent.