MEd in Early Childhood Education

"After teaching in an online format, I am confident that our students are receiving an outstanding educational experience leading to teacher certification in early childhood education. Each course provides students with opportunities to interact through chat rooms, discussion boards, and out-of-class communications. Participants have the opportunity to expand their knowledge through readings, virtual lectures, and video clips, studying in the comfort of their homes at times convenient to them. Through the online format educators from different areas of the country share ideas and learn from each other. I am excited to continue teaching and interacting with our graduate students in the online program." - Dr. Maureen Walcavich

The Department of Early Childhood and Reading offers an online graduate program enabling students to obtain a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education.  Curriculum Option 1 is for students who are currently certified in Early Childhood Education, and want the MEd in degree.  Curriculum Option 2 is for students who are certified in Elementary Education and desire certification in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-3)*.

The online Master’s program in Early Childhood Education is designed to be completed by students in less than two years of part-time study. Students may enroll in one course per semester if they desire and may also begin the program in the summer or spring, although the sequence of course offerings is optimal with a fall start. A one-week summer residency is completed during the first summer of the program.

OccupationProjected Growth in PAProjected National GrowthPA Median SalaryNational Median Salary
Administrators Preschool and Childcare Program 12.0% 25.0% $41,000 $44,000
Kindergarten Teachers 4.0% 18.0% $67,000 $63,800
Preschool Teachers 10.0% 25.0% $24,400 $27,100
Elementary School Teachers 3.0% 17.0% $55,600 $53,400

*Salary and job growth information obtained from O*NET OnLine.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Edinboro University's School of Graduate Studies at (814)732-2856, toll-free at (888) 845-2890 or by email at