Early Childhood Education

Welcome to the Program in Early Childhood Education

Prepare to teach children in diverse and inclusive environments—from schools to community settings to homes—through the Early Childhood Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. We prepare educators to work in preschools, schools, home and community settings. Our program is child-centered (from Birth-Grade 2) and dedicated to culturally relevant practices. We focus on preparing early educators to support the development and learning of all young learners through a graduate curriculum that integrates early childhood education, early childhood special education, and bilingual education content. Our certification students become outstanding early childhood teachers, decision makers, and leaders. Our non-certification students inquire into issues critical to the education and development of young children across settings. Our graduates have taken positions as early interventionists, preschool teachers, primary grades teachers, early childhood education center directors, professional developers, government officials, authors (of books for children and adults alike), and more.

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We offer M.A. degrees in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (with and without certification), as well as an Ed.D. degrees in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Policy.

The Master of Arts programs in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education: Special Education will not be accepting applications for the 2022 cycle. Over the course of the next year, we will be making several exciting changes to our curriculum. The next available terms of entry will be in 2023. Please check back for more information.

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Non-Certification is no longer accepting applications. Please consider applying to the Master of Arts program in Curriculum and Teaching with a focus in early childhood.

Master's-level credits may be transferred into Ed.D. program, upon approval from advisor.

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