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Early Childhood Concentration

Building strong foundations through early education

With early childhood education as a top priority in the state of Missouri, the need for highly qualified early childhood educators continues to grow. Your desire to ensure the youngest learners receive the attention and education they need to position them for lifelong success is wholly embraced at Fontbonne.

The early childhood concentration in the Master of Arts in Education prepares professionals to work with pre-kindergarten through third-grade students in both public and private entities. The specialty course work allows you to examine, evaluate, research and implement early childhood curriculum and programming.

Concentration Highlights

Your interest in early childhood education is supported with a variety of course work, including additional certification and special learning opportunities.

  • Program total: 32 credit hours (degree and concentration)
  • Highly qualified and experienced professors
  • Selection of elective coursework provides you with the opportunity to earn an additional reading specialist and/or autism spectrum disorder certificate. [Please confirm current availability – ASD was not available in 2017-2018.]
  • If you received your Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Fontbonne University, you may be able to waive one of the required specialty courses allowing you to take an elective towards one of the previously mentioned certificates.
  • Format: evening or evening/online combination

Additional Concentrations


Educator's Discount

In appreciation of the services offered to our community by educators at all levels, Fontbonne University offers a 15 percent discount to qualified individuals enrolled in graduate coursework.

Qualified educators include those who work at least half-time in a nursery school, a pre-K through 12 school system or post-secondary institution.

A discount application form is available from the Fontbonne admission representative or program director with whom you are working. The form must be completed each semester or enrollment term to receive the discount.

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