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M.S. in Early Childhood Services

Master of Science in Early Childhood Services Online

Program Overview

Learn What Our Online M.S. in Early Childhood Services Program Can Do for You

The Master of Science in Early Childhood Services at Arkansas State University gives you a solid core of teacher education courses, plus specialized learning for early childhood services. With this degree, you will gain increased marketability to serve in an administrative leadership role.

icon $9,930 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $9,930 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
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Arkansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

You will benefit from the incorporation of technology that aligns with national expectations for the 21st-century educator. This program can be completed in as few as 12 months. Courses are tightly integrated and focused on application-based curriculum demonstrating students' mastery of the NAEYC Standards. This program does not lead to licensure.

Within this master's program, students focus on areas of learning that include:

  • In-depth knowledge of child development and development differences and influences in order to create learning environments for young children
  • The ability to create collaborative relationships with families and communities to support children's development
  • The ability to select and use a variety of documentation tools and methods for assessing young children's development in multiple early childhood settings
  • An understanding of administrative responsibilities needed to manage a childcare or preschool program such as program design, staff training, policy formation, fiscal management and decision making.
  • An understanding of curriculum sources and models
  • A customized practicum (personal research project) to fit within your interest and/or current work

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Read More About Our Cost-Effective Program

Our M.S. in Early Childhood Services online program offers the same affordable tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Tuition $9,930
Tuition Per Credit Hour $331
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$291.00 $40.00 $331.00 $873.00 $120.00 $993.00

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Discover the Application Deadlines and Class Schedules

Our M.S. in Early Childhood Services online program is designed to be flexible and convenient for working professionals, with accelerated coursework and multiple start dates a year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/19/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
Fall 2023 7 wk 08/21/2023 10/06/2023 08/07/2023 08/11/2023 08/17/2023 08/18/2023 09/22/2023
7 wk 10/16/2023 12/08/2023 10/02/2023 10/06/2023 10/12/2023 10/13/2023 11/17/2023
Spring 2024 7 wk 01/08/2024 02/23/2024 12/15/2023 12/19/2023 01/04/2024 01/05/2024 02/09/2024
7 wk 03/04/2024 04/26/2024 02/19/2024 02/23/2024 02/29/2024 03/01/2024 04/05/2024
Summer 2024 5 wk 05/28/2024 06/27/2024 05/14/2024 05/17/2024 05/23/2024 05/24/2024 06/14/2024
5 wk 07/02/2024 08/01/2024 06/18/2024 06/21/2024 06/27/2024 06/28/2024 07/26/2024
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See the Requirements for the M.S. In Early Childhood Services Online Degree

A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the M.S. in Early Childhood Services online program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Make sure to review full admission requirements below. Applicants to the program who do not qualify for unconditional admission may qualify for conditional admission.

  • Complete online application and submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the sending institution.
  • Have a Baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 (or 3.25 on last 60 hours) on a 4.00 scale from an accredited institution. For conditional admission, students are required to have a 2.75 cumulative GPA or 3.0 GPA during the last 60 credit hours of university work
  • Read and submit the Professional Dispositions Signature Document

Additional Information

  • Email a written Letter of Appeal and GRE or GMAT scores (may be unofficial) to [email protected]

Applicants with prior "F" or "D" grades at the graduate level in any graduate program will not be admitted to the A-State MPA program. In addition, students who earn failing ("F") grades in the A-State MPA program are ineligible for readmission to the program. The only exception is with the Capstone.

Up to 9 graduate hours from A-State or other higher education institutions may be credited toward a program. No course can be older than six years by graduation time. Transfer credit will be evaluated by the Director of the Program. To request prior credit be evaluated, please complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401


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Gain the Knowledge You Need in These Online Early Childhood Courses

Students are required to complete 30 hours of coursework, including 24 hours of Major courses and six hours of Education Core courses as listed below.

ELFN 6773: Introduction to Statistics and Research

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introductory course in methods and techniques of research, and the statistical treatment and interpretation of research data.

TE 6253: Perspectives on Professionalism in Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course helps develop perspectives that are essential for educators to understand and fulfill ethical and professional responsibilities in their respective areas, including communication with various audiences, reflection, self-assessment and advocacy within the context of cultural diversity and democratic pluralism.

ECH 6513: Developmental Perspectives

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

In depth study of child development and developmental differences and influences with an emphasis on applying knowledge to creating learning environments for young children. Additional emphasis on creating collaborative relationships with families and communities to support children's development.

ECH 6423: Documenting Young Children's Learning and Development

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course covers creating, selecting and appropriately using a variety of documentation tools in multiple early childhood settings, including observational methods and standardized assessments, as well as partnering with families and other professionals with reference to assessment issues.

ECH 6543: Administration and Supervision of Programs for Young Children

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the important responsibilities of administrators of child care and preschool program. Emphasis will be placed upon program design, policy formation, fiscal management, staff training, and decision-making.

ECH 6533: Sources and Models of Early Childhood Curriculum

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and analysis of curriculum sources and models for the purpose of critiquing and creating appropriate curriculums.

ECH 6773: Research in Early Childhood Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

In-depth examination of current research that documents effective and best practices in early childhood settings.

ECH 6783: Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Building upon professional development such as leadership, advocacy and collaboration, this course connects students to the broader contexts of early childhood education and responsibilities to children families, and the profession.

ECH 6583: Practicum in Early Childhood Education I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Application of theory and developmentally appropriate practices in an early childhood education setting. Includes development, implementation of a personal research project within the early childhood setting.

ECH 6593: Practicum in Early Childhood Education II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Practicum in Early Childhood Education II Practicum experience is developed to meet the student's professional interests and goals within a community-based early childhood education setting. Development and implementation of an action research project required as program capstone.

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