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Early Childhood Education, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Online
The College of Education and Human Services’ graduate programs have been ranked among some of the best in the country. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report rated our graduate education programs #106 out of 356 programs ranked, and the online graduate programs #31 out of the 234 programs ranked.


Follow your intellectual passion while becoming a leader of tomorrow. In the graduate programs, you will work directly with our highly regarded faculty to conduct research and find service learning opportunities. Many students are published in scholarly journals and other academic texts before they graduate. Both in and out of the classroom, you will learn the skills and knowledge you need to excel.

With a rich history of serving West Virginia, the mission and specific goals of CEHS continue to evolve, as do its programs. Now, over eighty-five years after it was established, CEHS continues to meet the changing needs of the community that it serves.

The five-year dual-degree teacher education program, which graduated its first class in May 2000, is an example of the responsiveness of the College to changing educational needs. Currently, CEHS is undergoing a planning process that has provided renewed focus to its mission through a new strategic plan.

The College is proud of the degree opportunities that it offers, its student body, its alumni, and its dedicated faculty and staff. While recognizing its distinguished past, CEHS remains ever-focused on the future.


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Early Childhood Instruction
  • Early Childhood Program Development and Evaluation
  • Language Arts in Early Childhood
  • Storytelling in Early Childhood

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. 

For admission consideration as a degree-seeking graduate student at WVU, the applicant must:

  • have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale   
  • meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and complete an Intensive English Program (IEP) application (see English Proficiency)  
  • meet the criteria established by the degree program to which you apply  
  • be accepted by the academic department  

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23238 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23238 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    9000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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