Masters in Early Childhood Education

This major is designed to provide an opportunity for training and experience in child development, curriculum design, and instructional resources relevant to early childhood programs with children ages birth through eight. Students in the program have opportunities to make practical application of content, to develop skills in identifying and prescribing for the needs of young children, and to develop leadership skills.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in early childhood education, the individual must:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Complete the Graduate Admissions Application form.
  3. Submit official transcripts from the undergraduate institutions attended.
  4. If required, send official scores (obtained within the past five years) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Admission is determined based on:

  1. undergraduate GPA and, if necessary, satisfactory scores on the GRE in combination with the undergraduate GPA, and
  2. one or more of the following: a) the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, b) socioeconomic background, c) first generation college graduate, d) multilingual proficiency, e) geographic region of residence, and f) level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Master of Early Childhood Education

Total Semester Credit Hours=36

Foundations Area:

6 hrs.

EDUC 5301: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

Three additional hours of foundations coursework with advisor approval

Early Childhood Education Area:

15 hrs

EDEC 5340: Seminar in Early Childhood Education

EDEC 5342: Development of the Young Child

Nine additional hours in Early Childhood selected with advisor approval

Support Area:

9 hrs.

Nine semester hours must be completed outside the major area


6 hrs.

EDEC 5395: Thesis

EDEC 5396: Thesis