Currently not accepting applications

This Master of Arts degree program currently is not accepting applications, as this program has been placed on hiatus.

Central Michigan University is constantly and consistently reviewing academic programs and making incremental enhancements whenever possible. Please visit our Teacher Education website to see if our other graduate school opportunities might work well for you.

Program Description

The early childhood education program is designed for teachers and administrators interested in research and practice in this field with a goal of improving early teaching and learning.

As a student in the early childhood education program, you'll learn how to stay current with new trends in early childhood education, be more creative in the classroom, implement new findings from brain-based research on learning, use different types of assessments, improve your work with parents and other professionals working with children, make your class culturally responsive and prepare you for early childhood general and special education (ZS) endorsement.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the master of arts in early childhood education program requires:

  • a valid K-12 teaching certificate or equivalent appropriate to the graduate level OR an undergraduate degree with an Early Childhood or Child Development major; and
  • an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Regular admission is required for assignment to a faculty advisor. Since the advisor and student must discuss and sign the program requirements, individuals interested in obtaining a degree should seek admission to the appropriate program early in their studies. The number of prior courses and transfer credits that may be included on the program is limited. Applications for admission to this degree program are accepted throughout the year.

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Graduation Requirements

The MA in early childhood education is a 33 credit hour program. All candidates for this program must fulfill requirements for scholarly work under a Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (capstone examination or project).


The program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

For More Information

Dr. Krystyna Nowak-Fabrykowski
Teacher Education and Development Faculty
EHS Building 455
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-7527

For more information about the early childhood education program, please visit our website.