Grand Canyon University

College of Education

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (ITL)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Leads to initial teacher licensure)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Earn Your Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education

Grand Canyon University (GCU) assists students pursuing a master’s of early childhood education by teaching valuable concepts and techniques for educating the youngest learners. If you wish to work with children from birth to age 8 (or grade 3 in an educational capacity), this Master of Education in Early Childhood Education degree from the College of Education at GCU may be right for you. This program is also appropriate for professionals who are looking for a second career or a career change.

From daycare centers to elementary schools, graduates with a MEd degree in early childhood education may find work in diverse environments where they can lead the learning experiences of children from infancy to eight years old.

If you already hold your teaching license, visit our Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (Does Not Lead to Initial Teacher Licensure) program. Candidates may be interested in this non-licensure program if they do not need a license for specific positions in daycares, private schools or preschools. This will depend on the specific requirements of the facility.

Benefits of GCU’s Master’s in Early Childhood Education Degree

The MEd in early childhood education degree offered by GCU provides numerous benefits for aspiring educators in this field. Graduates of this program can emerge with a comprehensive understanding of early childhood education that is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills for this career.

Earn Your Master’s in Early Childhood Education Online

Work To Gain Transferrable Skills in Your MEd in Early Childhood Education Practicum

Pursue Your Teaching Licensure After the MEd in Early Childhood Education Degree

As you choose the right degree program for you, it is important to be aware of different certification requirements specific to the state in which you plan to teach or lead. If seeking licensure or certification, be sure to contact your state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint and background clearance may be required.

Topics Covered in the Med Degree in Early Childhood Education

Throughout this program, you will need to survey current early childhood teaching practices and explore where those ideas and methods support the education of students from birth through third grade.

Early childhood development is a cornerstone of the master’s in early childhood education degree program. As a GCU graduate, the coursework studied throughout this program can help prepare you with an understanding of brain development, social and emotional growth and academic achievement in young learners.

Topics of study in this Master of Education in Early Childhood Education degree program include:

    Instruction for early learners
    Differentiation strategies for exceptional learners
    English immersion using structured methods
    Evaluation and assessment skills
    Curriculum development
    Teaching methods across all content areas

Career Pathways for Master’s in Early Childhood Education Degree Graduates

Students enrolled in the Med in Early Childhood Education program will be taught the skills needed to work with diverse students as future daycare directors, preschool teachers and early childhood teachers and specialists or teaching assistants.  

Educational institutions are encountering growing pressures to educate students for swift economic, environmental and social transformations, including careers that are yet to materialize, technologies that are yet to be invented, and unforeseen social challenges that may arise.1

Daycares, schools and social services agencies are looking for grads who have the education and the drive needed to make a difference. Answer the call by earning your Master of Education in Early Childhood Education degree at Grand Canyon University.

1 OECD (n.d.). The Future of Education and Skills — Education 2030. Retrieved on May 18, 2023.

2 U.S. Department of Education (n.d.). Fact Sheet: The U.S. Department of Education Announces Partnerships Across States, School Districts, and Colleges of Education to Meet Secretary Cardona's Call to Action to Address the Teacher Shortage

3 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers as of May 2021, retrieved on May 16, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as kindergarten and elementary school teachers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.

4 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (n.d.). Should I get a master’s degree? Career Outlook. Retrieved on May 16, 2023.

If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.


Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (member of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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