The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers this degree program.
Is this program for me?
The Master’s Program in Curriculum & Instruction - Early Childhood Education guides students to extend their pursuit of excellence as teachers of young children (Pre-Kindergarten-3rd grade). They are prepared to assume roles as professionals with exceptional teaching skills and aspirations. The program ultimately prepares graduates for leadership in the improvement of education in metropolitan settings which is a central focus of the program.
The program provides the best possible preparation for careers as Early Childhood teachers and leaders in schools and child-related agencies such as hospitals, industry, mental health agencies, and associated fields.
It will typically take 2 to 3 years to complete the degree if students are enrolled full-time (9 hours per semester).
What will I learn?
Through Curriculum & Instruction - Early Childhood program coursework, specialized electives, and a Comprehensive Exam or Master’s Thesis graduates will obtain the following skills:
- Scholarly research writing skills
- Presentation skills
- Evaluation skills
- Curriculum implementation skills
Students work closely with faculty and fellow classmates to explore and conduct educational research as they improve their research, writing and presentation skills. Students will learn to critically evaluate as well as implement early childhood curriculum programs.
Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Early Childhood Education.
What can I do with my degree?
A master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction - Early Childhood Education prepares professionals for various careers such as:
- Teachers in public and private schools
- Curriculum Specialists or Educational directors in early childcare centers, schools, hospitals and related agencies
- Faculty members in community college settings
It also provides the coursework and training necessary to obtain a Texas Standard Teaching Certification.
To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist