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Master of Science (MS) in Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Master's Degree
Begins every Fall (August), Spring (January) & Summer (June)

  • 32 Credits
  • 2+ Years to Complete
  • Online
  • Interact in a Virtual Classroom
  • Deadlines for Lessons/Exams
  • In-State Tuition Regardless of Residency

Strengthen your skills in the education of children ages 0 to 8.

Online MS in Early Childhood Education

The University of North Dakota’s online Master of Science (MS) in Early Childhood Education prepares professional teachers and leaders to address the educational needs of young children, ages 3 to 8, in a variety of settings:

Through online courses and a teaching practicum, you will learn educational methods that emphasize young children in the context of their:

The online MS in Early Childhood Education program combines theory and research with practical experience. You will begin with the belief that the child is a born learner. Therefore, as a teacher, you must be a careful and open-minded observer who develops early learning curriculum and programs with the child in mind. The child is at the center of the online ECE program.

As a graduate of the online master’s program, you will have advanced skills and knowledge to:


National Director Credential for Early Childhood Administrators

The Teaching and Learning (T&L) Department at the University of North Dakota has entered into a partnership with the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership to offer Aim4Excellence, an online national Director Credential for Early Childhood administrators.

Graduate students are able to enroll in the Aim4Excellence modules to begin working towards a Director’s Credential through the McCormick Center.  Nine modules are available, with three modules covered in each of the three UND courses, offered as T&L 590 Administration & Leadership in ECE I, II and III. Students will be able to follow the Aim4Excellence modules as designed by the McCormick Institute, and students will also be guided by one of our department’s Early Childhood professors who will engage in discussion boards, blogs and other related assignments.

These courses can be taken as electives towards your graduate degree in Early Childhood Education.  This is a wonderful opportunity if you are interested in an administrative credential.

To explore the modules in more depth, please visit the Aim4Excellence website at:

Required Courses for Director’s Credential:

T&L 590 Administration & Leadership in ECE I (4 credits)

T&L 590 Administration & Leadership in ECE II (4 credits)

T&L 590 Administration & Leadership in ECE III (4 credits)

The cost is $175 per module or $1,575 for all nine modules. Students can contact Jo-Anne Yearwood or visit the Aim4Excellence website for more information.

If you are interested in learning more about the coursework necessary for your Director’s Credential, please contact Jo-Anne Yearwood, Lead Instructor for the Aim4Excellence courses through UND.