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Early Childhood Education

MA-Early Childhood Education  (MA-ECE) with thesis
MEd-Early Childhood Education  (MED-ECE)
for certified teachers
MS-Early Childhood Education   (MS-ECE) seeking initial teacher certification as part of the master's degree

The MEd in Early Childhood Education are for certified teachers interested in the human growth and development of young children, birth through age eight years, and in the improvement of teaching young children through advanced studies in the content and methodology of the subjects taught in preschools through grade three. The MS in Early Childhood Education follows the same program as the MEd but includes the teacher certification.  The major in early childhood education prepares graduates for careers in both public and private educational settings in which the primary focus is children between the ages of three and eight. A graduate with a major in early childhood education should possess knowledge in these areas: physiological and psychological development of children age birth to eight years, curriculum theory and development, effective instructional strategies for young children, and the administration and management of classrooms and facilities for young children.

Applicants for the MS in Early Childhood Education must also apply for the PBTC (Post Baccalaureate Teacher/Alternative Certification program).  It requires students to complete a minimum of two (2) non-alternative certification courses, maintain a 3.0 or above graduate GPA prior to applying for the PBTC program.  Once the graduate courses are completed, please complete and submit the ACP application.  There is an additional $50 application fee required for the ACP application.

  • The courses for this program are available only online (no face-to-face courses).  This program is not available to international students. 

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Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Apply Texas Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • One of the following:

    • Valid teaching certificate (MED applicants)
    • Passing PPR, ExCet, or TExES scores or
    • Official General Test GRE scores
    • MS/MA applicants may submit the PACT or PRAXIS
  • Resume(Vita)
  • Statement of Goals:  1-2 pages, up to 500 words.  
    Address career objectives and how the master's degree
    will help you meet those goals.

  • If you are applying to the program above and are an H1B or H4 applicant, please contact the Graduate School for details at  

    H4 applicants will be required to submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS in addition to the admission documents listed above.

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

Domestic student applications are accepted throughout the year.