M.Ed. On Campus

Early Childhood Education

University of Hartford

12 months
644 USD/credit 11592 USD/year
644 USD/credit 11592 USD/year
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If you’re interested in working with young children in public or private schools, childcare centers, or community programs but did not pursue a teaching degree as an undergraduate, then our master’s program in Early Childhood Education at University of Hartford may be a fit for you.


Our Early Childhood Education program at University of Hartford focuses on using an integrated model to prepare students to work with families, provide inclusive services for children, and collaborate with other industry professionals. Teachers will have the skills to work in public and private schools, childcare centers, and community-based programs with children between birth and age 8.

Classes are designed to meet the needs of adult learners, and you can continue to work full-time as you study. Classes generally meet one evening per week in the late afternoon or evening. Final student teaching experiences will require your availability during the day.

Key Features

Our master’s program offers a number of benefits:

  • Cross-disciplinary electives promote well-rounded teacher preparation and knowledge of early childhood development
  • Convenient, affordable evening classes offered in person and online
  • Rigorous professional preparation includes theory, fieldwork, student teaching, and internships at community partner schools
  • Learning focuses on complete early childhood from infants through age 8
  • Coursework Integrates understanding of typical and atypical child development to prepare students to teach children across the learning spectrum
  • Degree leads to diverse careers in early childhood or certification as a Connecticut teacher with focus in birth to age 3 or pre-kindergarten to grade 3

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophic and Cultural Issues in Contemporary Education
  • Theoretical Foundations: Children and Adults with Special Needs 
  • Foundations and Strategic Actions of Literacy Learning
  • Fundamentals of Reading Instruction
  • Applied Developmental and Learning Theories 
  • Science & Technology 
  • Model Programs in Early Childhood Education 
  • Working with Families: The Child, the Home, and Community 
  • Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood
  • Birth–Kindergarten Integrated Curriculum
  • Student Teaching: Nursery- Kindergarten

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications received after these priority filing dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


18 SCH
  • 18-42 credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The following application materials must be filed for applicants seeking the master's degree in education with an early childhood education emphasis:

  • official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions;
  • two letters of reference from professional or academic sources;
  • completed University of Hartford application for graduate study and application fee;
  • a letter of intent specifying the reasons for seeking admission;
  • a résumé outlining related education and professional experience; and
  • Taking the Praxis Core (formerly Praxis I) academic skills assessment or the SAT (administered after 2005) is required for prospective teachers by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Please submit test results as part of a complete application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 644 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    11592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 644 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for West Hartford

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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