Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education

To apply, please submit the following:

1)  Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Application including required Application Essay and Supplemental Essay (if necessary) 

Click Here for Application (PDF)

2) Official Transcripts: For undergraduate degree(s) and all graduate work; and have them sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.
3)  Two letters of recommendation (excluding any from family members) are required. 

One from current administrator, program director, or program owner. If you are a director or owner, include a recommendation from an early childhood professional colleague.
One of the applicant’s choosing (can include a recommendation from a former employer or university faculty).

4) Nonrefundable application fee - $60
5) Graduate-level transfer credits: If you are requesting that graduate level coursework be transferred into the program, in addition to your transcript you must submit the syllabi for each course you would like considered.

Admission Requirements

  • a baccalaureate degree inaccess to active programs for children and families in order to complete field experiences, including research projects.
    • 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.  This rationale may include a summary of work with children and families in Birth to Eight Programs.

Admission Criteria 

  • the quality of the admission essay, which will be evaluated for content and professional writing style, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary
  • satisfactory recommendations, which should address personal characteristics and skills relative to early childhood education and the potential for successful graduate study
  • official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (3.0 or a grade of B or better must be recorded for any graduate course to be transferred into the program)

Contact Information

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Maine at Farmington
111 South Street
Farmington, ME  04938
Phone (207) 778-7502

Admissions Decisions

Only completed applications will be reviewed. Admission decisions are made by the Graduate Admission Committee and the Director of Graduate Programs in Education on a rolling basis until the enrollment cap is reached. Applications received after this point will be considered for the next available term.