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Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 30 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Honolulu, HI, United States
This program offers professional development and leadership training for students who work in programs serving all children (including those with disabilities) between infancy and 5 years old. 
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The Department of Curriculum Studies offers a 30 credit program leading to the degree of master of education in curriculum studies. It is designed to serve licensed teachers who wish to learn about and inquire into the areas of PK-3 early childhood, elementary, middle level, secondary education, or K-12 education.

Students in elementary and secondary education select Art, Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, or interdisciplinary subjects. 

Other concentrations may be possible if advisors are available. K-12 concentrations include Aloha Kumu, Disability and Diversity Studies, Multicultural Education, Language, Literacy Specialist, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education Leadership, Reading, Science (Interdisciplinary Place-based, P-12), STEMS2 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Social Sciences and Sense of Place), Social Studies Education, and Teacher Leader.

Literacy Specialist and Reading K-12 programs earn graduate certificates. Two other programs–PK12 Interdisciplinary Place-based Science and Teacher Leader–earn college-endorsed certificates, with graduate certificates in process.

The Literacy Specialist, Reading K12, and Teacher Leader programs may be used to add a field to a Hawai'i teaching license. Previously taken MEd-CS courses count, so those who already hold the MEd-CS take only certificate courses to add the field of Literacy Specialist (18 credits), Reading (15 credits), or Teacher Leader (18 credits).

The program is designed to support professional development and promote leadership for professionals who work in programs serving children, including children with disabilities, between infancy and five-years of age and their families.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Child Development
  • Seminar in Curriculum: Issues and Trends
  • Early Intervention for Special Populations
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Family Public Policy
  • ECE Advanced Topics: Professionalism and Ethics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 30 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Applicants for the MEd in Early Childhood Education must provide the following evidence of successful academic performance in child development and early childhood education. This includes a minimum of one course each in:

  • Child development, age birth to five
  • Foundations in the field of early childhood education
  • Early childhood education/developmentally appropriate practice
  • Family studies/working with families and communities
  • Documented experience of work with young children and their families, or in early childhood program administration or public policy
  • Three (3) professional references from people who are able to comment on the quality of the applicant’s experience, ability to pursue graduate study, and character.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18540 USD per semester and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    15600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7800 USD per semester and a duration of 30 months.
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Living costs for Honolulu

  • 1640 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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