Early Childhood Education

Currently Licensed Teachers

Currently licensed elementary (K-8) teachers can add a P-3 endorsement through our M.Ed. - Early Childhood Education Option program. The degree can be completed fully online, and the curriculum is designed to meet national and state early childhood education standards.

Degree Plan - M.Ed. Early Childhood Education Option

Currently licensed teachers who already hold a graduate degree in education or another field can complete our Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate Program to obtain a P-3 endorsement without an additional advanced degree. Please complete an ECE graduate certificate program application if you are interested in this track.

Program of Study - ECE Graduate Certificate

Note: In addition to coursework, the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) also requires the Praxis Early Childhood Education test #5025 for those seeking the P-3 endorsement.

Other Applicants

Individuals who do not have current K-8 licensure can complete an M.Ed. - ECE Option degree for professional development, but this would not lead to a P-3 endorsement required to teach in public preschools in Montana. This option is a good choice for people working in community-based early childhood programs and referral agencies, as well as people working with young children and their families in fields such as psychology, social work, sociology, anthropology, pre-medical science, and nursing.

Degree Plan - M.Ed.-Early Childhood Education Option

If you do not have current K-8 licensure and want to earn a P-3 endorsement, you could pursue and M.Ed. With Initial K-8 Licensure and a P-3 minor. Some of the course requirements for the M.Ed. and the minor overlap.

All Applicants

All EDEC courses require a lab component in a qualifying P-3 setting. Professionals currently working in the early childhood field (preschool - grade 3 settings) will be able to complete most of their lab work in their current settings.

All students enrolling in the ECE option must complete a federal background check as part of their application. Information is available on the Admission page of our website.

Students must purchase or have access to a GoPro HERO camera (or equivalent) to share videos that demonstrate their implementation of lab activities.

Contact Us

For Program Information:

Allison Wilson
Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching & Learning

For Admissions Information: 

Teacher Education Services
2nd Floor - PJW Education Center