Early Childhood Education

Master of Education (MEd)

39 with no certification
54 with certification

Avg. Completion Time

24-36 months

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Why Earn an MEd in Early Childhood Education through Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School?

This online Master of Education in Early Childhood Education program seeks to train students from a philosophical basis, which reflects a biblical worldview to serve the community in various early childhood settings. With a total of 36 credits in professional courses, students will learn to integrate knowledge of content, pedagogy, resources and learners to design coherent learning experiences that are aligned with outcomes and that reach all learners. Additional one-credit Biblical and Theological Foundation courses provide foundational understanding and development of a biblical worldview in the student’s personal and professional life. Students with previous Bible and Theology education may quality for “advanced standing” through a transcript evaluation.

The Masters in Early Childhood Education program includes two options:

  • 39 credits, without state certification
  • 54 credits, eligible for PA Instructional I certification (Student Teaching must be completed within Pennsylvania)
A Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Early Childhood Education is available. Find out more.

Course Length

8 weeks, a few courses are 16 weeks

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There is no residency requirement for the early childhood education online degree. To help build community, students have the opportunity to participate in a weekly 30- to 60-minute Zoom session with their professor and fellow students.

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Action research project in which a practical education problem or issue is carefully addressed

Transfer Agreement

Transfer in up to 9 graduate level credits with a grade of B or higher.

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Program Plan

MEd: Early Childhood Education [no certification] (39 Credits)

Biblical & Theological Course* 3 Credits

Edu Professional Core Courses 15 Credits

Early Childhood Courses 21 Credits

MEd: Early Childhood Education [with certification] (54 Credits)

Additional Certification Courses        12 credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

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Program Distinctive - What makes LBC | Capital's program unique?

Highlights of this program include the following:

  • Concise presentation of all skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective PreK-4 teacher
  • Online format offers convenience and flexibility
  • Blending of theory and practice
  • Examination of teaching practices through the lens of a biblical worldview
Career Paths

The MEd in Early Childhood Education prepares students for a wide range of educational and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Teacher in grades PreK-4 in a public or private school
  • Child development center teacher or director
  • Professional development provider for childcare professionals
In this program, students will…
  • Integrate knowledge of content, pedagogy, resources and learners to design coherent learning experiences that are aligned with outcomes and that reach all learners
  • Design safe, equitable, learning-focused environments developed through appropriate rapport between student and teacher, responsiveness to the needs and cultures of all learners and effective classroom management techniques in an organized physical environment
  • Demonstrate effective instructional practices as characterized by:
    – clear verbal, nonverbal and media communication
    – reflective and responsive teaching using multiple instructional strategies
    – implementation of a variety of assessment measures
    – engagement of students in higher level thinking and learning
  • Demonstrate professionalism by:
    – adhering to ethical, institutional and legal guidelines
    – maintaining accurate records
    – seeking opportunities to grow professionally
    – reflecting on his/her on practice
    – collaborating with colleagues, parents and the community to ensure learner growth and advance the profession
  • Demonstrate a biblical worldview in his/her personal and professional life

Program Scope

The following is the proposed 39-credit scope for this no certification degree program.

Course Title Credits
BTC 503 Foundations for Integration or BTC 504 Perspectives on Integration 3
EDU 519 Foundations and Frameworks for Learning 3
EDL 550 Sociocultural Perspectives on Education 3
EDU 560 Teacher’s Life and Work 3
EDU 598 Seminar in Action Research 3
EDU 599 Project in Action Research 3
EDU 520 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
EDU 523 Theoretical Foundations of Development and Learning 3
SEC 537 Technology for Teachers 3
EDU 524 Literacy Instruction in the PreK-4 Classroom 3
EDU 526 Diagnostic Reading Assessment 3
EDU 530 Mathematics Instruction in the PreK-4 Classroom 3
EDU 533 Pedagogy for the Content Areas 3

Certification Program Option

Students wishing to earn a PA Instructional I certification along with the MEd in Early Childhood should enroll in certification program version that is 54 credits. For certification, students will add these additional courses to the above program scope.

Course Title Credits
ESL 520 Instruction and Assessment for the English Learner 3
SPE 510 Practices for the Inclusionary Classroom 3
EDU 590 Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience (16-week course) 3
EDU 591 Student Teaching (16-week course) 3

Meet the Faculty

Stacey Martin, EdD
Academic Dean of Education, Counseling & Social Work
Robin Bronkema, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
Bob Dodson, EdD
Professor, Certification Officer, Field Placement Coordinator

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