Become an effective leader and advocate for young children and their families by increasing your knowledge of the latest theory and best practices with our online Master of Arts in Early Childhood non-licensure program. As this rapidly expanding field generates new research, there is a need for committed leaders who can use this wealth of information to improve outcomes for young children (prenatal through age 8). With one in five Americans speaking a language other than English at home,* this program focuses on children who are multicultural and dual language learners, especially the fast-growing Hispanic population.
Designed to reflect the professional guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), this program will help you effect authentic, positive change, whether you choose to be in an education setting, work as an administrator, or take on a role in public policy.
Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to:
- Develop leadership and advocacy skills to promote actionable policymaking that effects positive social change.
- Deepen your insight and acquire new perspectives related to prenatal and early childhood development theory and research.
- Increase your competency in cultural and linguistic diversity and dual language development and learning, with a focus on U.S. Latino children and their families.
- Gain in-depth understanding on how to apply the best practices of the field to real-world settings and current issues.
Read the academic learning outcomes.
- Study with highly skilled and diverse faculty, especially trained to teach online, who can give you personalized support when you need it.
- Learn from videos of featured experts and study leading practitioners' techniques as they interact with children of different ages and backgrounds in real-life settings across the United States in our media-rich curriculum.
- Leverage our wide range of support resources for your success, such as writing support, tutorials, and unlimited access to a dedicated academic advisor.
- Engage in an online community focused on knowledge-sharing and collegiality among peers, faculty, and other professionals as you create your own blog and use social media.
- Assess the competencies you acquired in the program with a capstone course that includes tutorials and support to develop your own project.
- Plan your budget more effectively with our all-inclusive tuition that covers your course materials and ebooks.
- Blend work, family, and school successfully with the flexibility to study and complete coursework online.
Virtual Visiting Scholar Program
Gain insights from nationally renowned experts through live webinars in our Virtual Visiting Scholar Program. The webinars are free and open to the public so that you can continue your professional development with your colleagues across the country. Join us on Facebook or check our events page for upcoming webinars.
Potential Career Options
- Program manager/director in infant-toddler and preschool care and education settings
- Children and family advocate working in early childhood organizations
- Human services agency representative
- Parent-family educator/trainer
- State, county, and district early childhood positions
- Early childhood program coordinator
- Family child care provider
- Infant-toddler child care provider or teacher
- Preschool teacher (except special education)
- Community college faculty
If you are a teacher who wants to improve learning in your classroom, we also offer an online Master of Arts in Education.
For more information about this online program, call 1-877-584-6648 and speak to one of our enrollment advisors.
*U.S. Census Bureau, "Language Use in the United States: 2007," on the Internet at www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/language/data/acs/ACS-12.pdf
(viewed online May 9, 2013).