Early Childhood Education MAE


Entirely Online | 30 Credits | 2 Years
  • Designed for classroom teachers who hold an early childhood teaching license and are teaching children from birth through third grade
  • Elevate your teaching skills with courses addressing current curricula, issues, trends, teaching methods, literacy, assessment, research and leadership roles 
  • New: students with an Iowa Endorsement 100 or 1001 may also earn an Iowa 262 Pre-K-K Early Childhood Special Education endorsement
  • Ranked in the top 15% of online master's in education programs in 2023 by U.S. News and World Report 

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As an Online & Distance Education student, you’ll have a dedicated Enrollment Contact and Program Coordinator to assist you with registering for classes, navigating the course sequence and billing process, preparing for graduation and much more.

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Allison Pattee

Program Coordinator


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Linda Loy

Enrollment Contact


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Delivered Entirely Online

Courses are offered entirely online using a combination of Zoom video conferencing on Monday evenings and Blackboard, a learning management system that will enhance your learning experience and provide a sense of community with fellow classmates.

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Our graduates are prepared to:
  • Advocate for change for their students and school community
  • Become a teacher leader in curriculum and innovative instructional methods
  • Apply action research to topics of interest or areas of concern in classrooms and schools
  • Understand and communicate how to promote equity and inclusion in the early childhood classroom
  • Model best practices and offer leadership in areas of coaching, social-emotional learning, assessment and evidence-based practices
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Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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To be admitted, students must have:

  • CV/Resume
  • Early Childhood Education teaching license (can be from any state; does not need to be current)
  • Along with the application, students should have their official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions.


Scholarships Available

College of Education (COE) Scholarships:
Part-time, online students are eligible for many scholarships.  The COE Dean offers Dean’s Graduate Scholarships of $1500 to multiple students.  To apply for College of Education scholarships, fill out the UNI Universal Scholarship Application by April 1 of the spring prior to your anticipated start of the program. 

PACE Scholarship
UNI teaching alumni who are pursuing an online graduate program can apply for a PACE scholarship. If you're a UNI alum, we encourage you to submit your PACE scholarship application when submitting your Application for Admission.

Financial Aid

Financial aid and scholarships are available for part-time graduate students in the online Early Childhood Education MAE program. To get started, contact the UNI Financial Aid Office for information and for assistance with filing out the FAFSA. Graduate students enrolled in 5+ credits per semester can qualify for some forms of federal financial aid.

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Our team of support staff is available to help you throughout your UNI journey.

If you have any questions, contact us at 319-273-7206 or online@uni.edu for assistance!

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Delivery of this program is contingent on a sufficient number of students being accepted into the program. 

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