Program Description

MSU's Early Childhood Education program is designed to meet the needs of non-traditional students who are currently employed in the field of early childhood education. You'll be prepared to make an impact in the lives of children from birth to age 8 after completing the program. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for a birth to third grade teaching license. The program will prepare you to work in a variety of leadership positions, including Early Childhood Administrator, Supervisor, Curriculum Specialist and Education Coordinator in preschool programs. The program takes full advantage of online and distance learning opportunities to provide flexibility. 

If you already have a B.A. degree in early childhood education or a B.S.Ed degree in elementary education, you'd be able to transfer much of your course work into this program.


Professionals who already have degrees can also take courses for their own professional development.

Many courses are offered on line or through synchronous course delivery as well as on campus to meet the needs of traditional and nontraditional students.

Most courses include direct, hands-on experiences working with children.

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  • Preschool, Head Start, Early Head Start and Kindergarten Teachers
  • Center Directors
  • Educational Specialists
  • Supervisors, Program Coordinators

Early Childhood Majors

Early Childhood Associates


Pre-education requirements

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Dakota and prepare students for licensure exams in North Dakota.

North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement.  Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. On-campus and online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of North Dakota are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program that would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements in the state they intend to seek teacher licensure.

The Division of Education will provide all students information about teacher education licensing in the state of North Dakota.  As well, a student’s academic advisor will provide information on the requirements of other states in which the student intends to seek licensure after the student completes the State Teacher Licensure Requirements form.

Online/Distance Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

On-Campus Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs (Mathematics, English, Physical Education, Health, Composite Science Education, Composite Social Science Education). 

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required state-specific entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees
  • Additional Coursework
  • Specialized trainings and certifications

The MSU Office of Extended Learning with the assistance of the MSU Division of Education has created a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states. Prospective students seeking licensure outside the state of North Dakota should contact either The Office of Extended Learning (Misti Wuori,, or the Division of Teacher Education to determine state licensure requirements.

Note: Individual state licensure requirements are subject to change anytime.

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