Early Childhood Education

Degrees Granted
Advanced Certificate, MS
Degree Levels
Graduate, Graduate Certificate
Garden City

Gain the knowledge and skills to make a powerful difference in the lives of young children and their families.

Why Earn Your Master’s or Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Education?

The early years of birth to age 8 are crucial in terms of a child’s intellectual, social, and emotional development. As an early childhood educator, you’ll take a key role in helping your students develop and setting them up for success in the classroom and throughout their lives.

Why Earn Your Master’s or Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Education at Adelphi, Right Here in New York?

  • You’ll learn to teach by teaching through our strong partnerships with local school districts in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. Or you can student teach right on our Garden City campus, in our Alice Brown Early Learning Center.
  • You’ll learn to help children adapt to changing circumstances. You’ll teach them how to stay safe during a pandemic, use technology for online learning, and appreciate and respect people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Adelphi University is a three-time winner of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in recognition of its commitment to diversity and inclusion. 
  • Earn your degree at a pace that works for you, with options for full- and part-time enrollment and convenient evening classes.
90%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our master’s graduates say that Adelphi University increased their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professionals in their field
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

Certification Opportunities

Successful graduates of this program are certified to teach birth to second grade. After completing the program, you may choose to pursue additional advanced certifications in:

Qualified candidates certified in areas other than early childhood education may enroll in this program to earn a second teaching certificate and fulfill the graduate degree requirement for professional (permanent) certification in both areas.

Adelphi students in the gain classroom experience at the Alice Brown Early Learning Center.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Student teaching is a central component of Adelphi’s master’s in early childhood education. Because of our partnerships with Pre-K–12 schools in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City, in addition to our close ties with Teach America, we offer fieldwork in many different school districts and learning institutions, such as our Alice Brown Early Learning Center.

Let the staff and professors at Adelphi help prepare and guide you to the place you’ve always wanted to be. Be open to new possibilities and you will find yourself setting goals far greater than you initially set out to achieve. Join us. The world needs more of Adelphi’s teachers.

Ashley Gioffre BA '13 current MS in Early Childhood and Special Education student

Program Info

Application Requirements

Applicants for this program must have a completed Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and should submit the following application requirements:

  • Online application form and $60 fee
  • Online survey completed by two recommenders
  • Personal essay (500 words)
  • Official college transcripts

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