M.Ed. - Early Childhood Education

Program Information


  • All Early Childhood Coursework requires a lab component.
  • Students must purchase or have access to a GoPro HERO camera (or equivalent) to share videos that demonstrate their implementation of lab activities.
  • All students enrolling in the ECE option must complete a Federal Background Check as part of their application. Federal Background Check forms are located in the Teacher Education Services office.

M.Ed. Early Childhood Education

The curriculum is designed to meet national and state early childhood education standards and will be delivered in an on-line format to create a readily accessible master’s degree option for current teachers and other human service professionals to prepare them for emerging needs in the workforce.

  • The Early Childhood Education M.Ed. is designed for professionals who do not have an educational background specifically in early childhood but are interested in or currently established in early childhood careers.
  • All courses require a lab component in a qualifying P-3 setting. Professionals currently working in the early childhood field (preschool – grade 3 settings) will be able to complete most of their lab work in their current settings.
  • This degree offers two tracks.
    • P-3 Early Childhood Education Endorsement
      • Professionals with an elementary education degree will be eligible for Montana’s new P-3 teaching endorsement. Transcripts will be reviewed and some candidates may be required to complete additional coursework to meet state standards such as completion of a supervised clinical experience in a K-3 setting.
      • For students seeking P-3 licensure, state standards require a supervised clinical experience in a qualifying Pre-K program such as a Head Start classroom or community-based preschool program as well as a supervised clinical experience in a K-3 public school setting. The Pre-K experience can be completed in the summer and faculty will assist with and approve these placements.
    • Early childhood career advancement
      • Graduates of any baccalaureate program can meet requirements for employment in community-based early childhood programs, existing Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. This degree option will also support graduates who seek a focus on working with young children and their families such as psychology, social work, sociology, anthropology, pre-medical sciences, and nursing.

Degree Plan - Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate Program

For those that already have a master's degree in education or an education related field, or those who are interested in the P-3 endorsement without pursuing a master's degree, we offer an early childhood endorsement certificate program at the graduate level. If you are interested in this track, please follow the Program of Study link - Program of Study. To apply, please follow the graduate certificate admission link - Admission. 

Contact Us

For Program Information:

Allison Wilson
Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching & Learning

For Admissions Information:

Lisa Firehammer
Academic Advisor
Teacher Education Services
Phone: (406) 243-4841