Graduate Programs

Graduate programs in Early Childhood Education are designed for educators and child care professionals who wish to explore issues in early childhood research, theory, and practice. Early childhood graduate programs are interdisciplinary, faculty-wide programs that consist of core courses in early childhood education (ECED) and related courses in other departments. Key areas of focus include: theorizing early childhood and early childhood education, research and research methodologies, issues in early childhood curriculum, instruction, assessment and evaluation, and cross departmental inquiries in early childhood education.

Graduate programs in Early Childhood Education, offered through the Faculty of Education, are interdisciplinary, cross-departmental programs that consist of core courses in early childhood and related courses in departments. For example, approved elective courses might be found in child development, in special education (Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology & Special Education), in early literacy (Language and Literacy Education), in early numeracy (Curriculum and Pedagogy) or in the history of childhood education (Educational Studies). All Master’s programs must be completed within 5 years for both full-time and part-time students.

Master of Arts (MA)  

Admissions for September 2022 will open October 1, 2021. Deadline December 1, 2021.

The MA program is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood education professionals who are interested in pursuing research related to young children and early education and care. The program is a research-oriented degree consisting of a total of 30-credits, which includes 9 core credits, 6 research methods credits, 9 elective credits, and a 9-credit thesis (ECED 599). A minimum of 24 credits must be at the 500-level.

Core Credits
Review of Research in Early Childhood Education (ECED 508) 3
Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood Education (ECED 585) 3
Research Methodology in Education (EDUC 500) 3
Research Methods
Research methodology elective minimum 3
MA Thesis (ECED 599) 9
Electives
Elective credits approved by supervisor (may include 6 credits of senior undergraduate coursework) 9
Total 30 credits

Master of Education (MEd)  

Admissions for September 2022 will open October 1, 2021. Deadline December 1, 2021.

The MEd program in Early Childhood Education (ECED) is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood education professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and professional practice with young children. The MEd program is a 30-credit program consisting of ten courses or nine courses and a Graduating Project (e-Portfolio) (ECED 590). A minimum of 24 credits must be at the 500-level.

Core Credits
Review of Research in Early Childhood Education (ECED 508) 3
Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood Education (ECED 585) 3
Research Methodology in Education (EDUC 500) 3
Graduating Project (e-Portfolio) (optional)
Graduating Project (ECED 590) 3
Electives
Elective credits approved by supervisor (may include 6 credits of senior undergraduate coursework) 15-18
Total 30 Credits

Master of Education Online (MEd)

Admissions for September 2022 will open October 1, 2021. Deadline December 1, 2021.

The Online MEd program in Early Childhood Education (ECED) is designed for teachers, early childhood educators, and other early childhood education professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and professional practice with young children. The MEd program is a 30-credit program. In addition to seven courses and the Graduating Project (e-Portfolio), students take two approved electives. These electives require pre-approval from the program’s advisor. A minimum of 24 credits must be at the 500-level.

The Online MEd is a part-time program with courses taken over eight terms (September, January and May), starting in September.

Course sequence (subject to change):

Term Course Title Course code
Sept (year 1) Research Methodology in Education EDUC 500
Jan (year 1) Review of Research in Early Childhood Education ECED 508B
May (year 1) Early Childhood Education Development, Intervention, and Inclusion in Early Childhood Education ECED 530B
May (year 1) Approved Elective
Sept (year 2) Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Sociocultural Perspectives in Early Childhood Education ECED 585E
Jan (year 2) Theory and Research in Early Literacy LLED 556
May (year 2) Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development in Early Childhood Education ECED 531B
May (year 2) Approved Elective
Sept (year 3) Advanced Seminar on Research in Early Childhood Education: Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education EDUC 585F
Jan (year 3) Graduating Project (e-Portfolio) ECED 590

The MEd in Early Childhood Education program is offered both on-campus and online. The online MEd is offered in collaboration with Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE). More information about the part-time online cohort program can be found at the PDCE ECE MEd Cohort page.

Elective Credits

Elective credits approved by supervisor may include, but are not limited to, courses from this listing ECED Pre-approved Electives