Online Master's in Early Childhood Education

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

Ranked in the Top 10 Online M.Ed. Programs*

The Champlain online Master's degree in Early Childhood Education will engage you on a deeper level as an early educator. Our unique, project-based approach to learning is tailored to allow you to work independently in your online courses and apply the content to your current position in the field of early childhood education. The online Master's in Early Childhood Education curriculum is also geared to connecting you with the early childhood community in your area.

  • Earn your Master's in Early Childhood Education online while working full-time.

    Among the first colleges to offer full degree programs online, Champlain has been a leader in online education since 1993. Champlain’s asynchronous schedule gives you complete flexibility on when and where you do your coursework.

  • Build on your repertoire of approaches for creating developmentally appropriate curriculum

    In collaboration with your professors and your online counterparts from across the nation, you will get ideas and learn best practices for facilitating child-centered curriculums in our M.Ed. Early Childhood Education degree program.

  • Develop your skills in setting up imaginative play areas that support learning.

    Learn specific tactics for observing where children choose to play on their own and how to enrich those environments that motivate students to learn through their play.
  • Distinguish yourself as a professional in the field.

    The Early Childhood Education Master's Degree online program will add to your existing knowledge and equip you with necessary and up-to-date skills and approaches for assessing children’s development, observing and documenting behavior, supporting children and families, supporting children with special needs, and addressing early childhood education professional standards, policies, procedures, practices and perspectives.

  • Specialized courses

    The online degree in early childhood education has specialized courses that allow you to choose a path focused either on Special Education, Teaching or Administration for Early Childhood Education.

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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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Program at a Glance

The Master's in Early Childhood Education overview page offers you a complete snapshot of the program in one, easy-to-digest page. Learn about the time to completion and overall cost of this accelerated, online master's degree that you can complete in less than one year. See our admission requirements and use our quick links to get where you need to go to learn more and get started on your path to an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

Each Champlain College academic program is comprised of specific learning outcomes that a student can expect to demonstrate mastery of at program completion. Further, each class comes with a syllabus that provides specific learning objectives. Many students find that they are able to put this learning to use right away, allowing them to leverage their workplace as a learning laboratory and differentiate themselves from day one.


Champlain's online master's degree in early childhood education allows you to choose one of three specializations(administration, special education, or teaching) in order to gain deeper knowledge in a specific area of the field. Learn more about these specializations and how you can tailor your program to meet your goals!


The courses in Champlain College's online Master's in Early Childhood Education provides advanced knowledge and immediate take-aways for you to apply on the job. These online courses are focused, relevant and are delivered in 8-week sessions.

Graduate Certificate

If you have a bachelor's degree and are wondering if a career in early childhood education administration is for you, our 18-credit online graduate certificate provides you a project-based opportunity to learn an in-depth skills set and knowledge.


Students in the online master's in early childhood education participate in dynamic, face-to-face, four-day academic residency during the first year of the program.

Meet the Program Director

Learn more about the Master's in Early Childhood Education program director, Robin Ploof, Ph.D.


Discover more about the faculty you will be learning from in the M.Ed. program.

Application Process & Requirements

At Champlain College Online, our comprehensive admissions process is designed to take into account your whole story. We are interested in your previous academic record, but knowing you have much more to bring to the table as a working adult we'll also consider your current and previous work experiences, as well as your personal and professional goals.

Academic Calendar

The online M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education has three start dates throughout the academic year in which students can enter the program. Each semester is comprised of two 8-week terms, and the entry point of the program is in the first term of the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. View our academic calendar to see specific start dates and plan when starting the program will work best for you.

Tuition & Financing

Find out more about the affordable tuition for our online master's degree in early childhood education, as well as ways to help finance your education.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the questions people ask about our M.Ed. program? Find the questions, and answers, here.

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