Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care

Acquire the knowledge and skills for working with diverse children, families, and communities.

What You’ll Learn

The Master of Education with an emphasis in Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care is designed for all early childhood professionals working with diverse young children (birth-8 years), families, and communities. There is a focus on the change in systemic inequities by using emotionally responsive practices and creating learning communities in a relationship-based approach. Inclusive education is conceptualized as central to the work of all early childhood professionals, not only those who work with children with identified disabilities. Candidates will complete a thesis as a culminating experience.

What You Can Do

The Early Childhood Education and Care workforce is critical for our community and woven through a complex array of education, health, mental health and social service systems that serve young children birth to 8 years and their families. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects a 5% increase in employment opportunities in education and related fields from 2019-2029 resulting in approximately 441,000 new jobs.

Common careers for graduates:

  • Child Care Center Director
  • Administrators and Teachers in 0-8 Early Learning Settings
  • Home Visitors/Family Educators
  • Researcher

Degree Requirements

You must fulfill the following requirements to earn your degree:

  • Completion of the 36 credit-hour program consists of 9 credit hours of foundation courses, 10 hours of professional core specific to educational technology and 11 credit hours of graduate electives. 
  • Completion of a master's project/thesis for final 6 credit-hours.
  • Grade of at least a B- in all foundation courses (Coursework in which Ds, Es or UWs are earned is unacceptable and could result in removal from the program if the problem persists.)
  • Overall Weber State University GPA of 3.0.

Find details on courses in the WSU Catalog.


To apply, follow the steps outlined on our Admission page.

If you have questions regarding the admission process, contact us.