Early Childhood Development and Learning, MST

  • Online
Associated College

Impact Early Learning

Transform young lives with a certification in Early Childhood Education. Dive into a curriculum tailored to nurture children's growth from birth to 2nd grade. Engage in coursework that focuses on practices that address the cultural, emotional, developmental, and linguistic needs of young children in the classroom, at home, in community settings, and through partnerships with families. No prior education degree required—ideal for career changers! Enjoy flexible online classes to suit your busy schedule with this 36-credit program that you can complete in two years.

Be Ahead of the Class

  • Become part of an education network for life. The bonds that form between our faculty and students last long beyond graduation.
  • Get hired. Our strong partnerships with local school districts mean our students are getting hired before they even graduate.
  • Our coursework integrates key knowledge and outlooks necessary to teach in today’s modern classrooms, using technology to address the specific needs of all learners, including students with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse students.
  • We are a proud member of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), an accreditation organization that holds our programs to the highest standard of teacher preparation and effectiveness.

Take Courses Like…

Immerse yourself in coursework with renowned faculty and clinically rich field experience. Graduate equipped with the skills to promote child development and learning through building family and community relationships. Leverage developmentally effective approaches to build a meaningful curriculum. Observe, document, and assess learning that supports both young children and their families.

Children interacting in a school setting.

Experiential Learning and Opportunities 

The Early Childhood Development and Learning program’s in-depth and clinically rich field experiences will prepare you for success as a certified early childhood teacher (birth–second grade). This includes 100 hours of fieldwork hours targeted toward the three developmental age groups of early childhood. Additionally, you will complete a full-time internship for 14 weeks in pre-school, kindergarten, or first/second grade with an accompanying student teaching seminar (ED 714).

Choose Your Career

This program will prepare you to take on the many roles in early childhood, including classroom teachers, developmental specialists, home visitors, and family support professionals.

Career Options

NYC Department of Education



of our graduates are employed


Highest Paid Education Early Childhood Graduates (Source:College Factual)


Special Education Job Placement (Source: Intelligent.com)