School of Education - George Mason University

Early Childhood Education

If you’re wondering what’s required to earn an early childhood teaching credential or license then you’ve come to the right place!

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program prepares professionals to work with young children and families from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Options within the ECE program include two 30-credit master degree programs: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education of Diverse Learners and Master of Education in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education. The ECE program also offers two graduate certificate programs: the 30-credit Early Childhood Education, PK-3 Licensure graduate certificate program, and the 33-credit Early Childhood Special Education Licensure graduate certificate. A 15-credit Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners minor is also offered.

Some graduates end up in entrepreneur positions involving children that may not be directly related to teaching. Other opportunities in the field include research and educational consulting options. The demand for care and education programs continues to increase not only in response to the growing demand for out-of-home child care but also in recognition of the critical importance of educational experiences during the early years