The University of Maine at Farmington Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Early Childhood is designed for early childhood professionals who wish to become exceptional leaders.

The UMF M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood program defines exceptional leaders in early childhood as those who fulfill and excel as adult educators in higher education, trainers, classroom teachers, program administrators, policy advocates, curriculum specialists, program proprietors, and others who assume early childhood leadership responsibilities.

Through a creative and varied course of study, Early Childhood professionals in the M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood program will develop the skills to collaborate with community agencies and professionals. The student-centered program will model excellence in education through rigorous coursework and faculty mentoring of research and practice. Exploring issues related to diversity is a common thread found throughout the program.


A Blended Approach: In-Person and Online

Program delivery is a blended format. This means approximately 30% of the program will be delivered through face-to-face instruction and 70% will be delivered online.

The curriculum is carefully designed to contribute to the intellectual and professional growth of those who work with children ages birth through age 8. The M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood program emphasizes child development-based curriculum, development, and assessment, across ages birth through age 8, as well as an understanding of the family and community contexts in which these children are educated. This emphasis helps Early Childhood professionals in addressing the needs of children and families in today’s changing, diverse world.


The 36-credit M.S.Ed. Early Childhood program should be completed within 6 years of matriculation. It is comprised of 24 core credits and 12 elective credits. The electives, which will be selected in consultation with an advisor, will explore content specifically related to the field of Early Childhood.