Application Process and Due Dates

All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact our office prior to application to discuss the program and professional goals.  Please visit our contact page or email to begin the inquiry.

Due Dates

  • August 10 for September (Fall Term)
  • December 8 for January (Spring Term)
  • April 10 for May (Summer Term)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and will be considered when complete. Students may enroll in some courses as a non-matriculated student prior to acceptance into the program.

Application Materials

To apply for the MSEd in Early Childhood program please submit the following materials to our office.

Mail: Division of Graduate & Continuing Education | University of Maine at Farmington | 111 South Street | Farmington, ME 04938
Fax: (207) 778-8134

  1. Application form (click here to download PDF form)
  2. Application essay (see page 3 of application form above for instructions)
    1. Supplemental essay if undergraduate degree was not in Early Childhood Education
  3. Official transcript for your undergraduate degree if not from UMSystem
  4. Two recommendation forms (click here to download PDF form)
    1. One from current administrator or supervisor
    2. One from a professional colleague
  5. Criminal History documentation (see page 3 of application form above for instructions)

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university.*  or a baccalaureate degree in a non-related field, or in an education field outside of the early childhood years. These applicants must provide a clear rationale for relevant preparation to enter the Early Childhood program at advanced level of study. The rationale may include a summary of work with children and families in Birth to Eight programs.
  • Access to active programs for children and families in order to complete field experiences, including research projects.

* Note: a foreign degree must be validated by World Educational Services, Center for Educational Documentation, Inc., or other appropriate agency. The decision to accept the degree is made on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education. 

Transfer Policy

If you are requesting that graduate-level coursework be transferred from another institution into this UMF Master’s program, in addition to your transcript you must submit the syllabi for each course you would like considered for transfer. Transfer decisions are made at the time of application.

A student, with the approval of the Admissions Committee, may transfer up to 9 graduate credits from another institution into his/her academic program; only 3 of these credits may be in the core of the program.

These credits must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution, within 5 years prior to admission, and with a minimum grade of B (or equivalent). Graduate credits applied toward an undergraduate degree cannot be used toward the master’s degree.

Mail: University of Maine at Farmington | 111 South Street | Farmington, ME 04938
Fax: (207) 778-8134