MEd: Elementary Education /
Early Childhood
Master of Education in Elementary Education, emphasis in Early Childhood

Innovative education... Engaged educators

Specialize in Early Learning

What professional questions might be worth exploring with other inquiry oriented educators from all over the world? An ONLINE Masters degree in Elementary Education (M.Ed. in ELED) with an emphasis in Early Childhood at the University of Missouri -St. Louis is a journey into cultural intelligence, reflective practice-in-action, and child advocacy as Early Childhood leaders. Five core curricular courses plus six courses in early childhood provide essential knowledge and experiences drawn from current research and practice in the field of early childhood education. This 33 hour M.Ed. program prepares graduates with the tools to think more complexly about early learning processes and systems. Focus areas include the following:

  • Meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Social justice and community contexts
  • Creative technology integration for learning
  • Exploring a global world to broaden teaching horizons
  • Action Research cycle to improve professional practice

The Masters degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood is an online degree program. Candidates are able to gain access to the University of Missouri St. Louis’ high quality education program in an online format to meet your need for convenience and flexibility. Completion of this program allows candidates to continue or pursue careers as educators, directors, program planners, curriculum developers in various early childhood settings, small business owners, researchers, and consultants. We seek to foster individuals who care deeply about children and families and seek to nurture the greatest human potential in each learner.

Master of Education (MEd)

Contact Advisor:

Lynn M. Navin

130 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-6789

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1

Early Childhood Education Emphasis

The M.Ed. program with an emphasis in early childhood education is designed to enable candidates to further their competencies as teachers or program administrators in public and private early childhood program. The program also prepares them for positions in community agencies that support families and young children. The minimum required and recommended courses are as follows. Students must complete the required Core Competencies and Capstone Course as listed above.


ECH ED 6412Foundations Of Early Childhood Education3
ECH ED 6413Educational Role Of Play3
ECH ED 6415Organization And Development Of Early Childhood Programs3
Elective hours6

Total: 33 hours

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Lynn Navin, M.A.
Director of the University Child Development Center

Lynn Navin earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University in 1984. She earned a Master of Arts in Child Development from Michigan State University in 1991. Infant Mental Health was an area of emphasis.  She is currently pursuing a ...