Master of Education in Early Childhood: Administration or Teaching

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education degree offers two options based on a student's career goals.

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education: Administration option prepares students for a variety of roles in early childhood education and leads to N.H. licensing as a child care program director. Taking on leadership roles in childcare facilities, programs, and agencies, graduates can become involved in staffing, curriculum development, policy change and enforcement, compliance monitoring, budgeting, reporting, and overall management. Becoming a credentialed director demonstrates expertise and leadership in this field. 

For those pursuing K-3 teaching certification, the  M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education: Teaching option leads to New Hampshire teacher licensure. Coursework includes literacy, writing, mathematics, and social studies content early learners, as well as human development, psychology, research methods, curriculum and assessment. 

Graduates are well-rounded administrators and teachers, prepared to work effectively with colleagues, parents, and the community to help children get the best education possible.

Program of Study
This 39-credit program includes coursework and related field experiences. Coursework spans a wide range of subjects—child development, learning theory, early childhood education program design, and more. Elective business courses for administration-option students build business management knowledge and skills. Teaching-option students will complete a minimum 14-week internship. Field experiences are embedded in relevant coursework; early field experiences are tailored to graduate students’ goals, competencies, and experiences. Click the View Curriculum icon above for courses, degree and testing requirements, and licensing information.

Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.

Facilities and Resources
Rivier’s Education Center is one of the finest facilities of its kind in northern New England. The Education Center houses the Early Childhood Center, an NAEYC-accredited laboratory school for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years, and the Cho Educational Resource Center offers an extensive K-12 curriculum library.

Regina Library offers access to reference materials such as journals and online databases to support student research and learning outside the classroom.

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education: Administration fulfills the NH Bureau of Child Care Licensing requirements and standards for director licensure.

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education: Teaching prepares graduates for NH K-3 teacher licensure, however it is not automatic with the completion of the student teaching internship. Students must apply and be recommended for licensure after successfully completing all state and program requirements.



Department of Education
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Education.


M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education: Administration graduates can pursue leadership roles as:

  • Early childhood program directors
  • Daycare program directors and owners
  • Childcare agency professionals
  • Community college professors
  • and other related positions

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