Develop the skills necessary to help young children build a strong foundation and love of learning with our online MAT in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education degree.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: January 6th
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Estimated Length: 2 Years
Credit Hours: 36 (39 for Option 6)
Cost Per Credit: $299
Accreditation: NCATE

M.A. Teaching, Early Childhood Education Overview

Preschool and kindergarten teachers hold significant positions in any public school system. With Campbellsville University’s online childhood education degree, you will gain the skills you need to impact a child’s life and future. The program is perfect for those who have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and are seeking certification and a position teaching preschool or kindergarten in public schools. Upon completion, you will have earned both your teaching certification and a master’s degree at the same time.

Our online MAT degree in early childhood education incorporates Christian principles into the curriculum as you learn the various advanced curriculum and methods utilized in early childhood education, global perspectives in early childhood and advanced child development. Additionally, you’ll explore the skills necessary for collaboration and communication within early childhood education, as well as how technology can play a role in the classroom. You will also be able to choose an elective that will help you achieve your career goals, including courses that examine autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities, teaching kindergarten and leadership of early childhood education programs.

There is a 16-week student teaching requirement for those who are not Option 6 students. Option 6 students have to complete the graduate practicum/seminar course, in which they apply instructional knowledge in a field-based setting and receive cognitive coaching from colleagues.

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Our online MAT degree is also accredited by NCATE, the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education. The fully online program offers the flexibility and convenience of completing coursework when it best fits your schedule. In addition, the program’s faculty members have real-world experience in the field of early childhood education.

Course Map

The online childhood education degree consists of 36 credit hours, 39 credit hours if Option 6. Those taking the Option 6 program must complete a graduate practicum/seminar, while those on the traditional degree program will complete student teaching. The program takes approximately two years to complete.

Admissions Requirements

In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited online childhood education degree, prospective students must submit or complete the following:

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Official college transcripts confirming a 2.75 GPA and containing a complete record of all courses attempted at any past or current colleges or universities
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. GRE or KAP to satisfy Kentucky requirements
  5. Criminal background check
  6. Risk assessment or TB skin test
  7. Essay
  8. Code of Ethics
  9. Diversity Survey
  10. Professional growth plan
  11. Passing scores on Subject Area Praxis and Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)–(Reading 156 – Writing 162 – Math 150)

Costs & Financial Aid

The online MAT degree in early childhood education costs $299 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.

Careers in Early Childhood Education

Graduates of Campbellsville's online early childhood education degree can apply their knowledge to various careers in education. Potential career outcomes include:

  • Preschool teacher
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Childcare center director
  • Early childhood education specialist

Why CU Online?

Focused on Your Growth

Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.

Faith-Based Education

Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.

Affordable and Convenient

Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format so you can study whenever and wherever you want.


Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.

Benefits of Learning Online

Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.

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