Program at a Glance

Early Childhood Education

Dean: Laurel Bongiorno, Ph.D.

Program Director: Robin Ploof, Ph.D.

Structure: Flexible scheduling to accommodate students taking one or two courses per term.

Format: Combines convenience of online instructor-led scheduling (24/7 access to instruction and assignment; highly collaborative through discussion, chat and email) with face-to-face learning in one short Residency Experience.

Annual Cycle: Five terms per year; September, October, January, March and May. New students begin in September, January or May.

Course Duration: 8-week online terms.

Required Credit Hours: 36 credit hours.

Areas of Specialization: Special Education, Teaching or Administration.

Degree Completion Time Frames:

  • Minimum: under 1.5 years (two courses in seven successive, 8-week terms for 36 credit hours)
  • Maximum: 6 years

Residency: Students participate in a short, valuable residency experience during the first year of the program.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony: Annually in May, Champlain College, Burlington, VT.

Application Process: Applications accepted year-round; begin in any of the three Start Terms; September, January, and May. Call a Graduate Admission Representative for term application deadlines.

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Online Information Sessions: Hear directly from the program director and an admissions representative as they explain what makes Champlain's approach so effective.

Admission: For information or application call toll-free: 866-282-7259 or visit our MED Admission page.

Note that the M.Ed. is not a licensure program. Contact your state's department of education for information regarding specific licensure requirements.

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