Take a leadership role in the growing field of early childhood education. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education Leadership degree program from Ashford University will prepare you to address the developmental needs of young children in a variety of settings using ethical practice, innovative technology, and research-based advocacy.

Your courses will increase your knowledge of the foundations, functions, and current challenges in the field of early childhood education. You will also learn how to evaluate curricula, assessment strategies, and evidence-based theories to produce successful learning outcomes for students. Reach future generations as a leader in early childhood education.

  • Evaluate evidence-based theories and strategies aligned with early development and learning needs to support high quality learning environments
  • Assess effective communication and collaboration strategies to positively influence partnerships with community agencies and families with young children
  • Evaluate early childhood curricula designed to promote development and learning across all domains of development
  • Evaluate effective assessment and evaluation strategies, tools, and procedures designed to improve outcomes for young children, families, and programs
  • Design discipline-specific action research based on relevant theory and research methodology
  • Propose ethical solutions that promote educational transformation in the field of early childhood education
  • Construct a personal definition of leadership as an early childhood education professional
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An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state's policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.