Help children grow in mind, body, and spirit

As an educator, you are entrusted with our most precious resources. Children need a caring, safe environment conducive to learning. In this program you will gain a deep understanding of the stages of child development and learn how to support the needs of children and their families.

Cost Per Credit$646
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
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Program Overview

Did you know, before the age of eight, children learn primarily through play? Early childhood is a time of tremendous growth and development. It is also an entirely unique time of life. Children need a good balance of freedom and boundaries.  They need empathy, attention, and guidance. Relevant educators understand the complexity and importance of this time in a child’s life and are equipped to provide students what they need to grow. The early childhood program immerses you in the theories of childhood development, provides strategies for early literacy, and makes you aware of family and community partnerships.

Academic Community Partnership

Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Education has a reputation for helping public, private, charter, and other school systems meet the needs of their students in the most comprehensive way possible. This is not only an exclusive partnership; we simply believe in providing opportunities to increase teacher capacity, improve leadership development, and impact student success.

Benefits of the Academic Community Partnership include:

  • Partner with a local university that has an excellent academic and ethical reputation
  • We come to you – meet with our team to customize a program or professional development that fits each districts’ unique needs
  • Meet educational objectives and enhance faculty expertise with highly respected, fully accredited programs in a wide range of graduate degrees, licensure programs, and technology options
  • Face-to-face cohorts or diverse online programs to meet your busy schedule. We provide expert instructors and consultants and draw on research-based practices through our rigorous accredited programs
  • Professional development connected to university credit
  • Receive $450 per eligible graduate course or $150 per eligible adult accelerated course

Students who desire licensure in another state must contact their state department of education for details about whether or not this coursework will meet state requirements.  Students from outside of Wisconsin may earn the Master’s degree without teacher licensing.

What to Expect

You will emerge from the early childhood program inspired by the wealth of knowledge and practical experience gained during your study. You’ll be fully prepared to create developmentally appropriate curricula, administer meaningful assessments, and understand how you can best encourage learning for each child’s stage in life. Most importantly, you’ll feel strengthened in your calling as an early childhood educator. You’ll have a new appreciation for the wonder and potential inside of every student. And you’ll feel eager to use the lessons you’ve learned in the classroom and to see the impact they will make.

Concentrations / Specializations

Accomplished Early Childhood Teacher in Literacy Early Childhood Program Administrator


In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work. The Master of Science in Education - Early Childhood Education program is available at the following:

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