Degrees & Programs

Early Childhood Education

Inspire a new generation of young learners. With more and more infants, toddlers, and young children attending early childhood programs, and more kindergarten-primary grade children being exposed to the pressures of standardized, high-stakes testing, it has become more important than ever to discover how to create and implement appropriate care and education environments for children birth to age 8 to ensure their well-being in the present, and their academic success and healthy developmental outcomes far into the future.

As an early childhood educator, your influence on the young children and families with whom you work lasts throughout their educational careers and into their adult lives. At the IU School of Education, you will build upon your prior knowledge and experience as an early childhood professional in courses with nationally known faculty who provide research-based content and emphasize how theory and research impact real-life practice.

Programs Offered:

Our graduate degree programs are open to students with bachelor’s degrees who wish to engage in advanced study of early childhood education. Course work focuses on supporting the healthy overall growth, development, learning and well-being of young children from birth through age 8 and families.


Our faculty include outstanding researchers in the field of early childhood education. From evaluating daycare environments to incorporating technology into young children’s learning experiences, they offer broad perspectives on children’s education from infancy to grade 3.

  • Jacqueline Blackwell, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, IUPUI
  • Cary Buzzelli, Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • Melissa Keller, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Mary McMullen, Professor of Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood Education and Associate Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Karen Wohlwend, Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education

Most graduates of the master’s program in early childhood education continue in or return to careers as practitioners in infant/toddler, preschool or primary grade settings; or become policy makers, leaders of agencies and organizations, or consultants for employers who serve families and young children or the professionals who work with them. Graduates of the doctoral program typically go into academic settings as researchers and teacher educators.


For further information about the M.S. in Elementary Education (Early Childhood Education Track), please contact:

Mary McMullen
Professor of Early Childhood Education
W.W. Wright Education Building, Room 3206
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
(812) 856-8363