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Early Childhood Education (Teacher Certification), MEd

No matter where you're located, you can earn your master's degree and prepare to build a solid learning foundation for children during their most formative years --- birth to age eight. Online coursework paired with in-person internships and residencies prepare you to obtain teacher certification and thrive in the field of early childhood education.

Program description

The MEd program in early childhood education prepares individuals to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of children from birth through age eight or grade three. A series of professional experiences assists students in developing a thorough understanding of teaching and learning as they apply knowledge from their coursework in varied school settings. Individualized guidance through the clinical framework provides students with the support they need to become effective educators.

Graduates earn an institutional recommendation from ASU that is recognized by the Arizona Department of Education for teacher certification in Early Childhood, birth--age 8 or grade 3. In order to teach in an Arizona public school, graduates must pass the appropriate Arizona educator exams: National Evaluation Series or Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments.

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Professional licensure and certification

Professional licensure and certification

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the state of Arizona and may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check the professional licensure list for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to determine if this program meets requirements in your state. Note that not all programs within Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College lead to professional licensure. Contact our enrollment team for more information:

International students: If your intention is to obtain certification in your country, please consult with your certification or licensing agency prior to enrolling at MLFTC.