University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Teaching and Learning M.Ed. - Early Childhood Education

Master of Education - Teaching and Learning; Early Childhood Education Concentration


Core Courses15
Early Childhood Education Option Courses21
Total Hours36

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

  • All requirements for the degree must be completed within 6 years, including successful completion of a departmental comprehensive examination.
  • The M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Early Childhood Education is a good choice for currently licensed teachers who are interested in obtaining a Preschool - Third Grade (P-3) endorsement.
  • Individuals who do not have current K-8 licensure can complete the the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Early Childhood Education for professional development. This is a good choice for people working in community-based early childhood programs and referral agencies as well as people working with young children and their families in fields such as psychology, social work, sociology, anthropology, pre-medical science, and nursing.
  • The degree is 100% online and aligns with the National Association for the Education for Young Children Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators.


Foundation of Education - Complete one of the following courses:3
Philosophy of Education
History of American Education
Developmental & Learning Sciences
Complete all of the following courses:
EDU 501Curriculum Design, Implementation, & Evaluation3
EDU 514Education Across Cultures3
EDU 515Computer/Technological Application in Education3
EDU 518Inclusion and Collaboration3
EDU 520Educational Research3
EDU 588Action Research in Classroom3
EDEC 508Early Childhood Principles and Practices3
EDEC 515Educational Professionals Working With Families Experiencing Adversity3
EDEC 520Meeting Standards Through Play-Based Environments3
EDEC 530Social and Emotional Development in Young Children3
EDEC 540Neuroscience and Its Impact on Child Development3
Total Hours36

Minimum Required Grade: C