Early childhood education

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The online master’s degree in early childhood education from MU can help you better design, implement and evaluate educational services for children from birth through age 8, especially those with special needs and those with challenging behaviors. If you want to advance or recharge your teaching career, this may be the degree for you.

This program does not provide early childhood certification, nor does it provide the initial certification required to become a teacher.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of education in learning, teaching and curriculum with an emphasis in early childhood education


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Education | Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

This degree has potential benefits for

  • Child-care center staff workers
  • Early childhood practitioners
  • Early childhood special education teachers
  • Head Start teachers
  • Kindergarten or primary-grade teachers
  • Preschool teachers
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Employment growth
Percentage by which the average base salary of a full-time teacher in a U.S. public elementary or secondary school with a master’s degree exceeds that of a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, 2007–08. Snyder, T.D., and Dillow, S.A. (2011). Digest of Education Statistics 2010 (NCES 2011-015). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.
Average salary increase

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one or two classes each semester and finish in two years.

This program emphasizes

  • Working with diverse groups of children and families
  • Working with children with disabilities, including autism
  • Implementing appropriate assessment methods
  • Creating inclusive classrooms
  • Promoting and enhancing language and early literacy development
  • Positive approaches to addressing children's social and emotional development


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2 years

Typical course load

1 or 2 classes each semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum