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2022 Best Early Childhood Education Master's Degree Schools

172 Colleges in the United States
3,475 Master's Degrees
If you pursue a master's degree in early childhood education, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #50 most popular program in the country. This means there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to get your degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 172 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for early childhood education students pursuing a master's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 3,475 master's degrees in early childhood education to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Early Childhood Education School for Your Master's Degree

Best Early Childhood Education Master's Degree Schools The child development master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality child development program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to early childhood education students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of early childhood education students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized early childhood education related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for early childhood education students working on their master's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The child development school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Early Childhood Education Master's Degree Schools.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Early Childhood Education in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in early childhood education. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Master's in Child development

#1

New York University

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
16 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat New York University if you want to pursue a master's degree in early childhood education. Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from New York University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
32 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in early childhood education needs to take a look at Bank Street College of Education. Located in the city of New York, Bank Street College of Education is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Bank Street College of Education

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
24 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat Teachers College at Columbia University if you wish to pursue a master's degree in early childhood education. Located in the city of New York, Teachers College is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Teachers College at Columbia University

#4

Erikson Institute

Chicago, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
68 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Erikson Institute if you want to pursue a master's degree in early childhood education. Located in the large city of Chicago, The Erikson Institute is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Erikson Institute

#5

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
17 Annual Graduates

Boston U is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Boston University

#6

American University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4 Annual Graduates

The American University is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from American University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
20 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

#8

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
19 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Gainesville, UF is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from University of Florida

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
19 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, Pace University is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Pace University - New York

#10

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
79 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Athens, UGA is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from University of Georgia

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
15 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Queens, STJ is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from St John’s University - New York

#12

Fordham University

Bronx, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Bronx, Fordham U is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Fordham University

#13

Wagner College

Staten Island, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
8 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Staten Island, Wagner is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Wagner College

#14

Hunter College

New York, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
58 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, Hunter is a public college with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Hunter College

#15

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Rochester, University of Rochester is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from University of Rochester

#16

Northwestern College

Orange City, IA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
33 Annual Graduates

Located in the distant town of Orange City, NWC is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Northwestern College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1 Annual Graduates

SMC is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Moraga.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Saint Mary’s College of California

#18

Towson University

Towson, MD
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
33 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Towson, Towson is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Towson University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Washington, CUA is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Catholic University of America

#20

University of Delaware

Newark, DE
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1 Annual Graduates

UD is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Newark.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from University of Delaware

#21

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
53 Annual Graduates

Brooklyn College is a fairly large public college located in the city of Brooklyn.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Brooklyn College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
8 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Milledgeville, Georgia College is a public university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from Georgia College & State University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
15 Annual Graduates

UIC is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Chicago.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from University of Illinois at Chicago

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

UCF is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Orlando.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from University of Central Florida

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
57 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Chicago, NLU is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a master’s in early childhood education from National Louis University

Rest of the Top Best Early Childhood Education Master's Degree Schools

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Early Childhood Education students that almost earned our Best Early Childhood Education Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
26 Endicott College Beverly, MA
27 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
28 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
29 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
30 Queens College Queens, NY
31 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
32 American International College Springfield, MA
33 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
34 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI

Early Childhood Education by Region

View the Best Early Childhood Education Master's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 11 majors within the Teacher Education Grade Specific area of study, Early Childhood Education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Elementary Education 7,817
Secondary Education 4,910
Teacher Education 4,351
Teacher Development & Methodology 3,684
Adult & Continuing Education 775
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 632
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 205
Montessori Teacher Education 190
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Educational Methods 177
Online Educator/Online Teaching 30

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Vgrigas. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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