Degree Details

Degree Type

  • Master's Programs


  • In-Person


  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


  • On-Campus
Degree Requirements

The Master of Education (EdM) in Early Childhood Education at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development is for students who want to work as educators with young children (ages 3–8) in classrooms, programs, or other educational settings. You’ll learn to design and implement inclusive, engaging curriculum, support children’s social and emotional learning and well-being, and create learning environments that include and affirm children’s cultural and linguistic identities.

The Early Childhood Education master’s program offers students four pathways to a degree, and you’ll be able to select the one that is most aligned with your experience and goals. If you choose, you’ll have the option to seek teacher licensure. You will also work closely with a faculty advisor, who will support you in getting the most from your time at BU Wheelock as possible. Our flexible program is available full- or part-time and coursework is offered in the evenings.

Dates & Deadlines

Spring & Fall 2024

Aug 15, 2023

Application Open

Spring 2024 Semester

Dec 15, 2023

Application Deadline

Fall 2024 Semester

Jan 15, 2024

Deadline to Receive Priority Scholarship Consideration

Fall 2024 Semester

Aug 1, 2024

Application Closes

Featured Faculty

Early childhood education faculty at BU Wheelock include experienced educators and internationally known researchers with expertise in a range of areas, including working with multi-lingual children and those with special needs, STEM education, arts-based and anti-bias education, curriculum design, and creating socially and emotionally affirming classrooms.

Career Outcomes

As a student in the master’s in Early Childhood Education program, you’ll learn how to develop and sustain partnerships with all types of families, caregivers, and other professionals to support the individual strengths and needs of all students and families. This will prepare you for many career paths after you graduate.

  • Public or private school teacher
  • Educator in a museum or other educational setting
  • Educational services provider for families of young children
  • Curriculum or professional development leader

More Information about the EdM in Early Childhood Education

Field-Based Experiences

Students in the Early Childhood Education master’s program complete at least one semester of student teaching in a classroom for young children. You’ll work closely with a mentor or supervisor as you develop skills to support the learning of young children.


The master’s in Early Childhood Education offers students the option to seek endorsement for the Massachusetts Early Childhood Education (PreK–2) license. BU Wheelock offers a full range of support to our graduate students seeking teaching licensure.

Graduate Admissions

If you have questions about application requirements, deadlines, and more, the Graduate Admissions team has the answers. Sign up for an information session or start your BU Wheelock application today.

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