Early Childhood Education

Webster University

12 months
18000 USD/year
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Students interested in childhood development and learning processes at the graduate level are able to refine their knowledge and skills in the Early Childhood Education programs from Webster University.


Learning to observe as researchers, educators pursuing an Early Childhood Education degree at Webster University study cross-cultural perspectives of developmental theory and examine the application of multiple approaches within early education. 

This allows graduate students to develop the skills needed in making academic decisions and creating influential curriculum that supports the development of young learners from preschool and kindergarten to early elementary. Improving educational opportunities, Webster graduates are able to gain professional experience in their course of study and enhance the learning process through research and application.

Candidates pursuing the MA in early childhood education engage in observation and documentation to research children's learning processes and analyze them in light of developmental theory, current research, best practices, and historical and social contexts. This kind of action research informs curriculum decisions and program improvement.

International perspectives on young children and early childhood education are explored, with in-depth study of the internationally acclaimed early childhood education programs and philosophy of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Central to this philosophy are a strong image of the capabilities of young children; support for integrative, inquiry based and collaborative learning; participation of families and community; the use of observation and documentation to inform curriculum planning and reflective learning with children; and quality learning environments.

Learning Outcomes

The goals of the MA in early childhood education are to cultivate graduates who:

  • Develop and refine the skills and concepts of collaborative action research in the process of assessing and making learning visible.
  • Develop understanding of cross-cultural and international perspectives on early learning and education to inform responsive teaching and learning.
  • Explore and formulate general criteria and contexts for quality learning environments and materials for young children.
  • Analyze the relationship between social constructivist principles and practices and standards-based curriculum and assessment.
  • Integrate content learning through inquiry based curriculum and collaborative learning experiences.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Observation, Documentation and Analysis in Early Childhood Education
  • Understanding and Supporting Children's Thinking
  • Social Intelligence and Relationships: The Foundations for Learning
  • Negotiated Learning: The Reggio Approach to Early Education
  • Creating Learning Environments
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Early Childhood
  • Valuing the Expressive Languages in Education
  • Applied Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application and the $50 application fee.
  • For an initial admission decision, students may submit scanned copies of their final, original transcripts.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Essay or Resume/(CV)
  • Letter of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18000 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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