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Become a leader in early childhood education

Make a difference in the next generation

The early childhood supervision master's program will equip you for leadership positions within early childhood school-based “hubs” or centers. With an innovative program design that utilizes project-based applications of skills and competencies, learn developmentally appropriate practices for children birth through grade 6. The program is designed to be completed in 18 months, with courses on our Oakland campus and online.

Scholarship opportunity for Fall 2020 - deadline May 15


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Early childhood supervision program highlights

  • Complete your degree in three semesters
  • Accelerated course format, offered online and on campus through a hybrid 8-week format
  • Adult learner friendly schedule with evening courses
  • Be prepared for principal certification for PreK, K-6

Early childhood education jobs

With school leaders retiring or pursuing new opportunities within the education sector, many school districts across the country report vacancies or a lack of qualified applicants, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pursue a career in advanced leadership and administrative positions in early childcare centers, schools, districts offices, and non-profit organizations. Local career options include Pittsburgh Public Schools and Allegheny Intermediate Unit. 

Interact with highly effective early childhood leaders throughout courses

Following a hybrid course model, courses are designed for working adults through a three semester program.

  • Learn how to plan and administer early childhood programs
  • Gain curriculum and assessment knowledge
  • Expand your leadership skills to include professional development and supervision

View the course track or read more in our course catalog.


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Choose a master's degree option that's right for you

  • Early childhood supervision supervisory certificate program (27 credits) - a master's degree is required for a Pennsylvania Department of Education supervisory certificate
  • Master of education in early childhood supervision with supervisory certificate program (33 credits)

Admission requirements 

  1. For 30-credit master of education in early childhood supervision: bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) with initial certification in a relevant educational field (teacher, guidance counselor, school librarian, school psychologist, etc.)
  2. Three years of successful classroom or educational experience prior to program admission
  3. Cumulative 3.0 undergraduate or graduate GPA
  4. Completed graduate application
  5. Successful completion of background checks/PA clearances 

For a student who has already earned and been awarded a master's degree: complete 27 credits of required courses for the early childhood supervisory certification. Some of these courses may have already been completed with an undergraduate or graduate degree in early childhood.