GS Student Julianna Kiecker

A Passion for Leadership in ECE

The children at the WELS preschool in Raleigh, North Carolina, would never guess that Mrs. Kiecker, the teacher they love so much, never planned on teaching preschool. But early childhood education  (ECE)—and becoming a leader in ECE—is now her passion.


Choose MLC’s master’s program for early childhood directors.

Ranked by as one of the “Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education” in the country!

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Early Childhood Director 

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The early childhood director emphasis prepares candidates to meet the WELS early childhood director standards. Many required school leadership skills are shared by both principals and early childhood directors, but some are unique. Some courses will therefore be shared with principals and enable early childhood directors to apply content to their context. Other courses are unique in content to early childhood directors. Common courses involve servant leadership, vision, planning, communication, relationships, management, budgeting, school safety, and outreach. Unique courses address issues of child development, early childhood curriculum, and specific legal requirements involving young children. Practical Application is embedded throughout the entire program, but is especially integrated into the research, field project, or internship components.

Planning YOUR master’s program is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Print your program plan.
  2. Pick the electives that match your ministry by reading the course descriptions.
    The course descriptions will help you know which ones best match your varied responsibilities and interests.
  3. Fit the courses into your schedule according to the course calendar.
    The Long-Term Course Calendar lets you see when courses are offered so you can plan to take courses when it’s convenient for you. Complete your program in as little as two years or by spreading it out over seven years.