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Early Childhood Education

Program Summary

The early childhood education master’s degree program is designed to enhance and broaden the professional skills of teachers who work with children up to eight years old. You may use this program to meet Early Childhood Professional Education License (PEL) requirements or to customize your coursework to fulfill special education approval requirements for teaching exceptional children up to age six.

Graduate Catalog Program Information

Program-Specific Admission Information and Requirements

Affiliated College: College of Education

Degree(s) Offered: M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

Program Requires GRE or MAT: No

Letters of Recommendation: 2

University Requirements

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the appropriate deadline below to ensure priority consideration.

Internationals Living Abroad Applicants Residing in the U.S. Priority Consideration
Fall May 1 July 15 June 1
Spring October 1 December 10 November 1
Summer June 1 April 1

For More Information

Department of Special and Early Education
Gabel Hall 159
Program website
seed@niu.edu
(815) 753-1619

Director of Graduate Studies:
Dr. Myoungwhon Jung
mjung@niu.edu
(815) 753-9465

Application Contact:
Leslie Hecht
lbhecht@niu.edu
(815) 753-8457

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