Master of Early Childhood Education

If you aspire to be an advocate for children; to enrich their lives and enable them to reach their social and academic potential; and to assist parents and ensure the success of families, St. Ambrose has a program for you.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Two-Year Cohort Program
  • Online and In-Seat Classes
  • Strong Reputation For Training Top Educators

MECE student reading to kids

MECE student on the ground reading

The SAU Master of Early Childhood Education program allows early childhood educators and professionals to deepen their understanding of the field, develop leadership skills, and improve their expertise in research, child development, and special education.

See our MECE Fact Sheet (pdf)

More Information on the MECE Program

Degree Requirements

Requirements for a Master of Early Childhood Education Degree (33 credits)

ECE 601 History, Philosophy, & Contemporary Issues In Diverse Early Childhood Classrooms (3 credits)
ECE 607 Classroom and School Inquiry in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
ECE 610 Professional Development and Leadership in Early Childhood Education (2 credits)
ECE 614 The Project Approach (1 credit)
ECE 617 Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Teaming (3 credits)
ECE 621 Dimensions of Cognitive Development & Learning (3 credits)
ECE 623 Dimensions of Language and Literacy Development (3 credits)
ECE 626 Math and Science in the Early Childhood Classroom (3 credits)
ECE 630 Families, Society, and Schools (3 credits)
ECE 641 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credits)
ECE 650 Assessment and Technology in ECE (3 credits)
ECE 700 Capstone Project in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

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What will I learn?

Our MECE is a two-year cohort program offered predominantly online. A sequence of 12 courses - totaling 33 credits - can be completed in two years.

You will learn to motivate and give children opportunities for first-hand investigation; how to reflect on your practice and seek feedback; leadership strategies for mentoring new teachers; investigate the connection between play and learning; and study theories and research in family diversity.

Courses include history, philosophy and contemporary issues in diverse early childhood classrooms; the project approach; collaborative and interdisciplinary teaming; dimensions of cognitive development; families, society and schools; teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners; and more.

A capstone project will allow you to individualize research, knowledge, and theory, and apply it to your practice.Our MECE program is infused with three key themes. Educators can:

  • Promote the well-being of all children by developing strong relationships with families and their communities.
  • Develop reflective practice and research to improve the education of early learners.
  • Act on a commitment to social justice for young children and families.

How much will this program cost?

Our 2017-18 academic year tuition rate is $582/credit hour. There are some additional fees, too. 

We realize a graduate education is a personal, professional and financial commitment. And while the cost can seem daunting, graduate assistantships and federal loan programs can help.


St. Ambrose University sets rates for tuition and fees each fall. Tuition, fees, room and board are due each semester before students attend class, unless payment arrangements are made with the Student Account Services Office.

All students attending St. Ambrose University will be assessed a technology fee based upon courseload. Some courses carry additional fees.

2018-19 Fees

Undergraduate/Accelerated students taking 12 or more credit hours $280/yr. ($140/semester)
Undergraduate/Accelerated students taking 11 or less credit hours $140/yr. ($70/semester)
Graduate level students taking 9 or more credit hours $280/yr. ($140/semester)
Graduate level students taking 8 or less credit hours $140/yr. ($70/semester)
Online course fee $25/credit hour
Matriculation $75 (undergraduate only)

Admission and Application

Requirements for entry into the program are as follows:

• A Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a closely related field.

• Work as a practitioner in one of the areas of early childhood education including teacher, early interventionist, speech therapist, counselor, and social workers.

• A brief goal statement for participation in the program.

• Two letters of reference.

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed.

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