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Early Childhood Education/Child Development

Develop a deeper, applied understanding of early childhood and human development theory in preparation for furthering one’s career in early childhood settings, child care, state or federal agencies, early intervention settings or non-profit work.

Early Childhood Education/Child Development – M.S. in Health & Human Development, Early Childhood Education/Child Development Emphasis

In the Early Childhood Education/Child Development program at Montana State, candidates further their study of education, care and development of children within the context of families, educational and human service settings, communities and society at large. The program specifically focuses on early education, child development, families within a social context and research methodology. Early Childhood Education/Child Development students are encouraged to be creative in developing their program of study to help accomplish their specific research interests and professional goals.

The Family & Consumer Sciences graduate program has one additional Option within the Program: Family Science.




Students within the Family & Consumer Sciences program have the opportunity to work with a variety of programs associated with the Department of Health & Human Development, including the Montana Early Childhood Project, an outreach program that recently received a $42,000 grant to create a new registry for home visitors and early intervention specialists who work with infants or toddlers with significant developmental delays or disabilities.




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Nature’s Laboratory
MSU students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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MSU Child Development Center
The MSU Child Development Center is Montana’s first preschool, open since the 1920s. Licensed by the State of Montana, the Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children – an accreditation awarded to less than 10% of all preschools nationwide.

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Work-Life Balance
Livability has previously ranked Bozeman as one of its Best Places to Live four years in a row, including the #1 best place to live in Montana, calling the city a "tech-savvy, economically vibrant, highly educated city on the grow" with year-round natural attractions.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding to support their time at MSU. Some resources the Department of Health & Human Development and the Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, teaching assistantships may be available within the Department of Health & Human Development. Research assistantships may be available with individual faculty members who have funded grants or contracts. Stipends vary depending on the type of appointment, the requirements of the job, the experience of the applicant and available funding.

Online Learning

Montana State’s M.S. program in Family & Consumer Sciences is designed to accommodate both students who wish to either attend graduate school full-time with courses on and off campus as well as students who wish to earn their graduate degree entirely online.

With this flexible model, students have the opportunity to build a course of learning that suits not only their learning style but also their specific academic interests. With coursework that revolves around a broad spectrum of issues in early childhood and the family sciences and independent study, students are able to learn on their own terms – either as a traditional graduate student or as a busy working professional.





Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Early Childhood Education/Child Developmentprogram is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Early Childhood Education/Child Developmentprogram. This includes any additional deadlines that the College of Health & Human Development may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.