Early Childhood Education MEd 

Temple University’s Early Childhood Education Master of Education will help you develop the requisite expertise to earn the initial teacher certification needed teach classes ranging from pre-kindergarten to fourth grade. This master’s degree program provides you with the theoretical knowledge and instructional techniques to adapt classroom instruction to the developmental changes of childhood and early adolescence.

Beyond the foundational courses, you will develop—or sharpen—instructional strategies for teaching literacy, math, science, and social studies in a manner that complements the cognitive and emotional capacities of young children. You will also learn how to effectively teach children who are English language learners, have disabilities or face other educational challenges.

Your master’s program culminates in a semester-long student teaching assignment, during which you’ll develop classroom management skills. A capstone course gives you the opportunity to reflect upon your student teaching experience and the degree program in general.


In addition to your student teaching experience, you must complete a certain amount of fieldwork hours each semester as part of your coursework. These placements are designed to give you experience in working with children in educational settings.

Teacher Certification

This program prepares you to successfully complete state certification exams, allowing you to apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. Learn more about certification.

Completion Requirements

The degree program consists of 37 credits, including two foundational courses, Child and Adolescent Development and a Seminar Series: Problems in Educational Psychology. You will also complete 15 credits on early childhood instruction and nine credits in special education and English language learner instruction. Your final seven credits constitute the culminating work for this degree.

Most courses are held on Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, although some online and hybrid options are available. Courses are held in the evening starting at 5 p.m. You can attend full or part-time, and you have up to four years to complete the program.

Culminating Events

No thesis or exam is required. Your degree culminates with a capstone course and a 14-week semester of full-time, supervised teaching at a local elementary school. If you already have a paid teaching position, you may use your worksite to fulfill this requirement, with approval from the Office of Field Placement.

Related Graduate Degrees

A graduate degree gives you professional flexibility and more prospects for advancement in the field of education. Temple offers a number of related graduate degree programs, including

Temple also offers a number of graduate-level certificate programs, including

Review the full list of the College of Education’s graduate degree and graduate certificate programs.

Student Diversity

Temple’s student population hails from all 50 states and 129 countries. As of fall 2016, there were 2,067 students enrolled in the College of Education: of that number 1,063 were undergraduates and 1,004 were graduates.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Master of Education program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $898.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,231.00 per credit

Software Licensing Fee

A $25 licensing fee is required from all College of Education majors to cover the cost of using the TK20 software. This program allows the college to assist students in creating academic and professional portfolios, tracking fieldwork and pursuing certification. The license is active for 10 years and allows students to use it even after graduation. Learn more about the TK20 software and license fee.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Find peer support and leadership opportunities while tackling the challenges of your program. Students can join the


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