Early Childhood Education
Why Study Early Childhood Education
Shippensburg University offers a master’s in early childhood
education program for Central PA students interested in expanding on
their undergraduate foundation. The Master of Education degree in
Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) includes options in early
childhood education. The early childhood options are designed to provide
advanced knowledge in child development from birth through age eight
(or 3rd grade) and at least one period of that age span: infants and
toddlers, preschool and kindergarten, and primary school (grades 1
through 3). The PA Early Childhood Director Credential can also be completed as part of this program.
Why Study Early Childhood Education at Ship
Shippensburg University has been educating teachers for more than
140 years; thus, teacher education is part of the very fabric of the
university. We designed our master’s of early childhood education degree
program to provide you with experience in diverse educational settings.
Graduate students who are interested in expanding their teaching
skills, participating in assessment and policy work, and learning about
child development often enroll in our early education master’s program.
Emphasis is placed on working with young children and their
families. You will apply classroom knowledge of child development,
families and best teaching practices to a variety of educational
settings including public school kindergarten and primary programs,
preschool programs, Head Start, child care, parenting and family support
At the completion of the program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of theory and practice for planning and implementing programs for individual and groups of children.
- Apply and analyze the core knowledge and to systematically develop appropriate curriculum for individual and groups of children.
- Demonstrate capability to refine the core knowledge and evaluate and apply research to improve practice.
- Develop and conduct assessments of individual children and groups.
- Demonstrate understanding of family strengths and areas for support as they form authentic partnerships with families.
- Reflect on practices that result in improved programming for young children and families.
- Use strategies for effectively advocating for policies designed
to improve conditions for children, families, and the profession.
- Contribute to continuing professional development in the field of early childhood education.
The early childhood program has been awarded national recognition by
the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC),
the premier professional organization for early childhood education.
This recognition is through the auspices of the Council for the
Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP is the lead organization
that accredits teacher preparation programs throughout the country).
CAEP has demonstrated that quality teacher preparation makes a
difference in student learning. Further, graduates from CAEP accredited
programs become competent, caring, and highly qualified teachers.
The university maintains the Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School,
one of the finest demonstration laboratories in the country. The school
serves a heterogeneous group of children from kindergarten through
fifth grade. The Bartos Child and Family Center,
located in the same facility as the Luhrs School, provides childcare
and family support to university faculty, staff, students and community
members. Shippensburg Head Start serves preschool children and their
families and is located in the Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center, adjacent
Scholarships and Tuition Reimbursement
The Rising STARS Tuition Assistance Program
pays 95% of tuition costs for eligible college coursework taken by
early learning professionals, with a maximum benefit of $4,500 per
individual each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).
Pennsylvania Keys to Quality offers a College Tuition Reimbursement
Voucher up to $500 per college credit and up to $3000 per year in
Tuition scholarships of $900 are available through a partnership of
Shippensburg University and the South Central Regional Key.
Learn more about these programs and other financial assistance available.