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Northwest Missouri State University

Early Childhood Education Major

Early Childhood Education
A Master of Science in Education Program

Why earn a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education at Northwest?

A master’s in early childhood education prepares effective educators and leaders for children ages birth to 8. This two-year online program is designed for students wanting advanced training in supporting and facilitating young children’s learning through a variety of early childhood settings.

Students graduate with competencies to teach, lead or develop early childhood programs in public and private schools, child care centers, including Head Start programs.


The program is taught in a cohort style, offering multiple perspectives to understand the development and learning styles of young children.

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Program requirements and pre-requisites

  • Undergraduate grade-point average of 2.75.
  • Candidates may be eligible if their undergraduate grade-point average is between 2.5 and 2.74, and the individual has earned a 3.25 grade-point average in a minimum of eight graduate courses at Northwest in their major program.
  • Pass analytical writing assessment with a minimum score of 4, or obtain a minimum score of 3.5 on the GRE writing section.
  • A minimum combined score of 700 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE is required for candidates who have none or less than two years of experience teaching in an early childhood classroom.

A teaching certificate is not required for this program, but a submission of a valid teaching certificate (or statement of deficiencies) is required for those who hold an initial teaching certificate.

The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and
2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.