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MEd Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners Concentration (Non-licensure)

"Through this program I have gained confidence and knowledge so that I am better equipped to educate and nurture diverse young learners. Having the ability to have hands on experiences through class, internship, and field work made me an attractive candidate in the field." -Alexa Rawl, MEd Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, '22

A master's degree in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners provides students with specialized knowledge around working with diverse learners from birth to third grade and their families, preparing graduates to create paths for success for children in the earliest years of their education.

By working with young children and their families, early childhood education graduates create a path for success for children in the earliest years of their education. Students learn specialized skills to work with children from a diversity of abilities as well as cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

This concentration ensures that students engage in a well-rounded, cohesive program of studies that prepares them to be high-quality early childhood educators of diverse learners. The non-licensure concentration is ideal for teachers who are already licensed and want to grow their expertise in early childhood education for diverse learners or those who want to work in early childhood education settings that do not require teacher licensure.

Field Experience

Some courses require field observation within a Northern Virginia regional school. If a course has a field experience requirement it will be noted in PatriotWeb. Our field experience office coordinates with our local schools to assign placements.

Careers in Early Childhood Education

Students completing this non-licensure program may pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Educators in Early Care and Education Settings
  • Inclusion and Support Professionals
  • Family Service Specialists
  • Early Childhood Education and Curriculum Specialists for Museums, Organizations, Community Centers, and Child Care Programs

Additional Opportunities