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Early Childhood Development and Programming MA

Social & Behavioral Sciences


This professional master’s degree has been designed to provide individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree related to early childhood with the additional knowledge of child development and practical experiences necessary to lead or otherwise contribute to the administration of programs for young children. The intensive curriculum for the M.A. in Early Childhood Development and Programming will be structured to allow students to complete their degree requirements in as little as 12 months, offering an affordable alternative to 2-year master’s programs. The curriculum includes practical requirements for field-based experiences in local early childhood programs and schools across multiple academic terms, in addition to campus-based courses focusing on aspects of early childhood development, including literacy, play, and curriculum. Additional areas of focus include programming for young children with special needs, and adult development and learning, which will be highly relevant to graduates’ future positions as staff administrators. The degree program builds upon and extends partnerships with community-based organizations and schools that have been established by the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

Students who successfully complete the program requirements will concurrently earn an M.A. in Early Childhood Development and Programming as well as a certificate in Leadership in Early Childhood and Human Services. The M.A. program requires a minimum of 30 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Core requirements are listed below. Courses will be offered on a rotating schedule to allow students to complete the core requirements during a 12-month period.

UD Tuition:

The 2020-2021 UD published graduate student tuition rate per credit hour:

Early Childhood Development and Programming–MA: $1,898.00


Application Deadline:

July-15 Final deadline to apply

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