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MS - Early Childhood Unified


MS - Early Childhood Unified

Our graduate program in Early Childhood Unified is designed to prepare:

  • teachers to work effectively with young children in early childhood settings that are inclusive and/or noninclusive
  • teachers working with young children in early childhood special education settings
  • teachers to meet the challenges of the present and the future

Current federal mandates and trends in public schools recognize the growing importance of early childhood special education services for children from birth through age eight and their families. Teachers with advanced training in their field will be in a favored position to usher in best practices for young children.

Our 33-hour online program can lead you to either initial teaching licensure (B-K) or an additional endorsement (B-3rd grade). It is an inclusive program focused on teaching young children with and without special needs.

While our coursework is offered entirely online, assignments require observing and various experiences in early childhood programs and home-based programs, working with children and families, which is why we consider it a "hands on" online program. All of our courses require face-to-face interactions, observations, or collaborations with early childhood educators, families, young children, related-service providers, and possibly others.

Students may begin working on this degree while teaching in the field. The majority of students in our program are employed while completing their master’s degree. We can tailor the program to your needs - you can take one to two classes per semester, more in the summer, or none for a semester - as long as you complete the program within seven years.

For questions regarding the ECU program please contact Dr. Mari Caballero via email at


The program offers a master's of science degree in Early Childhood Unified. The candidate must have a degree in elementary education as an admission requirement for the Early Childhood Unified program for Birth through age eight license in Kansas. The Early Childhood Unified program for Kansas License Birth to Kindergarten does not require a degree in elementary education as an admission requirement, but does require a degree in a related field. Learn more about the licensure programs. For questions regarding licensing procedures please contact ESU's Licensure Officer Andra Baldwin at 620-341-5412 or

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Why ESU?

Our early childhood program has been available online for nearly 20 years. We offer courses to fully prepare people to enter their teaching career ready to teach young children through the hands-on focus of all courses in the program, including two separate clinical experiences.

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Department of Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801


Department of
Elementary Education / Early Childhood / Special Education
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 2nd Floor
Main Office, Rm 241