Best graduate schools for early childhood education in Michigan

This rewarding discipline focuses on the development and education of children from birth to age 8. A graduate-level curriculum in early childhood education focuses on in-depth development, research, and policy advocacy. Check out the best early childhood education programs below and the methodology behind how we ranked them. 

Our master’s in early childhood education rankings cover 115 of the 147 universities available, accounting for 93% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $49,054.

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#1 in Michigan | #49 in Early childhood education nationally

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, Michigan

Economic score: 0.47

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $45,735

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,183

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $26,365

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.58

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Michigan | #76 in Early childhood education nationally

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Economic score: 0.61

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $47,758

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $10,206

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $37,207

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.78

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Michigan | #84 in Early childhood education nationally

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Economic score: 0.66

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $45,696

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,144

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $36,615

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.80

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Michigan | #85 in Early childhood education nationally

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Economic score: 0.67

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $45,755

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,203

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $37,430

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.82

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Michigan | #91 in Early childhood education nationally

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Economic score: 0.70

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $45,756

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $8,204

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $38,748

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.85

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in Michigan | #96 in Early childhood education nationally

University of Michigan-Flint

Flint, Michigan

Economic score: 0.72

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $44,650

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,098

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $38,037

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.85

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#7 in Michigan | #114 in Early childhood education nationally

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Dearborn, Michigan

Economic score: 1.25

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $34,171

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,381

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $38,855

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 1.14

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

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