Graduate Programs

Rebecca Vitelli is a teacher at Colonial District's Colwyck Center and is the 2020 Delaware Teacher of the Year. She received two degrees from the University of Delaware: a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and Master of Education with a concentration in children with autism and severe disabilities.

Early Childhood Development and Programming: M.A.


This professional master’s degree has been designed to provide individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree related to early childhood with the additional knowledge of child development and practical experiences necessary to lead or otherwise contribute to the administration of programs for young children. The intensive curriculum for the M.A. in early childhood development and programming is structured to allow students to complete their degree requirements in as little as 12 months, offering an affordable alternative to two-year master’s programs. The curriculum includes practical requirements for field-based experiences in local early childhood programs and schools across multiple academic terms, as well as campus-based courses focusing on aspects of early childhood development, including literacy, play and curriculum. Additional areas of focus include programming for young children with special needs, and adult development and learning, which is highly relevant to graduates’ future positions as staff administrators. The program builds upon and extends partnerships with community-based organizations and schools that have been established by the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

Students who successfully complete the program requirements will concurrently earn an M.A. in early childhood development and programming and a certificate in leadership in early childhood and human services. The M.A. program requires a minimum of 30 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Courses are offered on a rotating schedule to allow students to complete the core requirements during a 12-month period.


Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions (one week prior to beginning of fall semester).

UD Tuition

The 2022-2023 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $773.