M.Ed. On Campus

Early Childhood Education

DePaul University

24 months
668 USD/credit 20040 USD/year
668 USD/credit 20040 USD/year
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Earn your Early Childhood Education MA/MEd from DePaul University, and you’ll learn creative ways to offer safe, nurturing and stimulating play environments that help young children learn and grow.


Early childhood educators teach in urban and suburban preschools, public and private elementary schools, child development centers, daycare centers and Head Start programs. They also work as educational consultants and home daycare providers.

The programme

  • In the Early Childhood Education program from DePaul University you have the option to pursue an initial Illinois Teaching License (PEL) with an Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 3) endorsement and an Early Childhood Special Education approval. If you are already a licensed teacher, you can add an Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 3) endorsement and Early Childhood Special Education approval to your PEL. You’ll also be qualified for the ECE Gateway credential.
  • Classes meet on the Lincoln Park Campus, online, or a hybrid of both. The program can be completed in two years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Child Growth And Development
  • Language Development Of The Young Child
  • Child And Family In The Urban Community
  • Functional Behavior Assessment: Positive Behavioral Support And Intervention Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation (from work supervisors or academic references)
  • Personal statement that briefly explains your reasons for wanting to become a licensed educator of young children (i.e., birth through third grade.) In your rationale, include how you envision working with young children, their families and their communities. Use any specific experiences or events that have shaped your thinking to clarify or illustrate your points (minimum 750 words).
  • $40 application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 668 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    20040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 668 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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