Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Ranked High Nationally

Northwestern College’s online Master of Education degree in early childhood has been ranked among the nation’s best and named “most flexible” of programs of its kind by

The website ranks Northwestern’s program 34th on its list of the 50 Best Master’s in Early Childhood Education Programs for 2019. Northwestern is one of only two Iowa institutions on the list. The ranking is based on academic quality, student success and affordability. The website collects its data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the National Center for Education Statistics.

Additionally, the website named Northwestern’s program the nation’s “most flexible” master’s program for early childhood education. “Northwestern College offers a flexible master’s in early childhood education program with 100 percent online classes to help students work at their own pace,” notes the website. “Students can enroll on a part-time basis and complete the coursework when it’s convenient for them, finishing the entire program in two years or less.”

“Northwestern’s program is flexible and easy to balance as a full-time educator,” says Dr. Sara Waring-Tiedeman, Northwestern’s Master of Education program director and education department co-chair. “The content is very applicable and students are able to apply the knowledge they learn each week directly into their classrooms.”

In addition to an M.Ed. in early childhood, Northwestern offers M.Ed. degrees in educational administration, special education, master teacher and teacher leadership. Graduate-level endorsements and a 12-credit graduate certificate in teacher leadership are also available online through the college. More information about Northwestern’s online programs is available at