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Master of Education in Early Childhood Education Online

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Program Overview

The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education online program from Worcester State is designed to provide the skills for teaching young children during this formative part of their lives. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to create a positive social context for learning and employ effective strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Prepare to be taught by experienced faculty practitioners who will ensure you understand both theory and practical applications in the classroom. You will also create a portfolio of work to demonstrate your proficiencies.

This affordable online program is designed for working professionals, with 100% online coursework and pay-by-the-course tuition. With an initial teaching license in Massachusetts, you may use this degree to self-petition for professional licensure in Massachusetts. Neither a teaching degree nor teaching experience is required if you are not planning to petition for licensure. Students entering this program, however, should have some work experience in formal or informal learning environments.

$12,410 Tuition
As few as 14 months Program Duration
34 Credit Hours

Worcester State University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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In this M.Ed. in Elementary Education online program, you will learn how to:

  • Develop and implement a plan of action related to a problem of practice by engaging in the action research process
  • Provide high-quality instruction to young students related to the relevant state standards in major subject areas (math, English language arts, social studies, and science) through the use of research-based and effective-teaching methods, valid assessments, and analysis of assessment data
  • Maintain high expectations for all students and establish a classroom where all students are able to access the curriculum
  • Ensure that students of diverse backgrounds, learning styles, needs, interests, identities, native languages, English language proficiency, strengths, and challenges are valued and respected
  • Establish effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations to promote learning and growth
  • Use appropriate technology and related instructional methods to help students become capable technology users and to enhance student learning in all areas of the curriculum
  • Collaborate with colleagues using high ethical standards to make continuous improvements to their teaching practice
  • Design, implement, and evaluate curriculum and instruction and assessment that promote children’s development and learning
  • Identify, apply, and critique developmentally appropriate technology and interactive media that promote learning and development for individual children
  • Establish a positive social context for learning, provide appropriate behavioral supports; and employ effective instructional strategies, to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Articulate how children and families differ in their perspectives and approaches to learning and create effective means of partnering with families
  • Engage in reflective practice and continually evaluate and improve how actions affect children, parents, and other professionals in the learning community
  • Apply reflective practice to the role of practitioner-researcher in action research

Career Outcomes:

  • Teacher in a private preschool or childcare center
  • Early childhood program specialist
  • Leadership role in a public agency, such as Head Start
  • Leadership role in a private preschool or child care center
  • Teacher in a private preschool or childcare center
  • Early childhood program specialist
  • Leadership role in a public agency, such as Head Start
  • Leadership role in a private preschool or child care center
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Worcester State tuition is extremely affordable. Plus, you can pay by the course—making it easy to budget. Worcester State is committed to offering a high-quality education that is accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition Breakdown

$365 Per Credit Hour

$12,410* Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Program
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education Online $365 $12,410

Additional Fees

Application: $50

*Tuition and fees as of 2020. WSU reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at Worcester State is here to assist you with the guidelines and process of financing your education. We will work with you to ensure that you have a clear understanding of your financial aid options while attending Worcester State.

Worcester State online programs are eligible for financial aid, which is available for those who qualify on the basis of need. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Worcester State's Federal School Code is 2190.

Contact the financial aid office at:

Financial Aid Office
Shaughnessy Administration Building
Academic Mall, 1st floor
Office 150
508-929-8194 (fax)


It’s always a good time to earn your degree from Worcester State University online. We offer six start dates during the year so you can begin your program when it’s most convenient. Check out the chart below for important dates.

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Session Start Date Application Deadline Registration Deadline Document Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 2 03/23/20 03/09/20 03/18/20 03/16/20 03/20/20 05/10/20
Summer 1 05/18/20 05/04/20 05/13/20 05/11/20 05/15/20 07/05/20
Summer 2 07/13/20 06/29/20 07/08/20 07/06/20 07/10/20 08/30/20
Fall 1 09/07/20 08/21/20 09/01/20 08/28/20 09/04/20 10/25/20
Fall 2 11/02/20 10/16/20 10/27/20 10/23/20 10/30/20 12/13/20
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The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree at Worcester State! Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Work Experience in Formal or Informal Learning Environments
Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited (or equivalent) institution
Minimum 2.75 GPA

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  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $50 application fee (waived for active/veteran military members)
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Some work experience in formal or informal learning environments

Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed directly from the granting institution(s) to:

Mailing Address:
Graduate Admissions Office
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602


For the Master of Education in Early Childhood Education online, you are required to take 12 courses for a total of 34 credit hours.

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ED 981: Advanced Foundations of Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course explores historical, philosophical, psychological, legal, and cultural foundations for education and school practices.

ED 982: Research in Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course examines different research methods and designs, including writing hypothesis, reviewing literature, gathering data and preparing research proposals.

ED 993: Seminar: Research in Content Concentration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course focuses on educational issues Students will conduct a formal study that seeks to investigate teaching and learning in the student's content strand of concentration.

ED 910: The Child, Family, Community, and Diversity in Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course addresses advanced study of how differences in home experience, background knowledge and language proficiency impact school experience. Considers services provided by state and local agencies.

EE 912: Young Children and Integrated Early Childhood Education Practices

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course adapts programs, material, practices, environments for individuals. Implements theories integrating special needs children into regular classroom and early intervention strategies.

ED 979: Technology and Literacy in the Classroom

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course examines the key components of balanced literacy in the K-8 school classrooms with a focus on the integration of educational technology as a tool for instruction, student centered learning, assessment, as well as family-school engagement.

ED 914: Teaching and Learning Literacy Across Multiple Disciplines

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course presents meaningful theory and related teaching strategies to aid pupils in reading and learning from their content area textbooks.

EE 904: Exploring Science in Early Childhood Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course uses Massachusetts Frameworks to develop and assess activities that foster learning and discovery, connect science with literacy, mathematics, and social studies.

EE 913: Social Studies in Early Childhood: Content Curriculum, Evaluation, Methods and Materials

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course explores topics from Massachusetts history and Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks. Addresses design, implementation, assessment of integrated, developmentally appropriate social studies programs.

ED 929: Mathematics Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course presents mathematical concepts, methods and materials to facilitate learning. Emphasis is also placed on supporting students with mild to moderate disabilities learn and understand mathematic contents.

ED 996: Research and Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on research and evaluation methods and designs; includes gathering and analyzing data, writing research, and making evaluation reports.

ED 992: Portfolio Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

(Note: This course is to be taken last in the M.Ed. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education programs) The course documents the student's learning and provides a basis for evaluation of student's performance and mastery of the certification standards. (All required certification courses/mastery of program standards must be completed.) Prerequisites: ED 981 and ED 982.

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