Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Early Childhood Education M.S.

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The graduate plan in Early Childhood Education leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Students may be subject to an interview with members of the Early Childhood Education program prior to admission. Students seeking this degree must complete at least 36 hours of credit. Within the degree, there are three tracks of Early Childhood Education: the master's degree, the master's degree focusing on young children with disabilities, and the master's degree with EC-6 certification.

Early Childhood Education M.S. Online Option
The online graduate plan in Early Childhood Education leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Students may be subject to an interview with members of the Early Childhood Education program prior to admission. Students seeking this degree must complete at least 36 hours of credit.

Check prerequisites before enrolling in any courses.

Requirements

Core Requirements

Professional Education Core (12 hours)
EDUC 6032 Applied Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
EDUC 6033 Research Design and Analysis
Credit Hours: 3
INST 6031 Applications of Technology
Credit Hours: 3
SILC 6030 Foundations of Multicultural Education
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Students in Track C must take TCED 6031 instead of INST 6031.
Early Childhood Core (12 hours)
ECED 5031 Teaching Young Children
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5131 Curriculum Development for Young Children
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5132 Literacy Development in Early Childhood
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5133 Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood
Credit Hours: 3

Track A - Master's Degree Only

Advised Electives (6 hours):
ECED 5032 Community Programs for Young Children
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5033 Guidance and Classroom Management for EC-6
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5038 Creative Arts in Early Childhood
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5039 Early Childhood Advocacy: Teachers, Parents, Schools and Community
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5231 Play and the Developing Child
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5331 Evaluation of Development of Young Children
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5335 Children, Family and Society
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5336 Administration and Management of Programs for Young Children
Credit Hours: 3
Master's Degree Options (6 hours)
Select one option.
Option 1
EDUC 6939 Master's Thesis Research
Credit Hours: 3
Option 2
ECED Elective Course
ECED 6739 Early Childhood Education Practicum
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  • Three hours of an approved elective (Internship requires prior completion of a minimum of nine hours of the Professional Education Core and a minimum of 15 ECED hours completed from the 21 ECED hours on the plan).
  • All placement sites must have an approved UHCL Agreement of Affiliation on record with the Center for the Professional Development of Teachers office prior to beginning the practicum.

Track B - Master's Degree with Focus on Young Children with Disabilities

Required (6 hours)
ECED 5332 Infants and Young Children With Exceptionalities
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5333 Advanced Studies of Infants and Young Children With Special Needs
Credit Hours: 3
Master's Degree Options (6 hours)
ECED 5737 Practicum: Infants and Young Children With Disabilities
Credit Hours: 3
SPED 5931 Research Topics in Special Education
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  • Internship requires prior completion of a minimum of nine hours of the Professional Education Core and a minimum of 15 ECED hours completed from the 21 ECED hours on the plan.
  • All placement sites must have an approved UHCL Agreement of Affiliation on record with the Center for the Professional Development of Teachers office prior to beginning the practicum.

Track C - Master's Degree with Core Subjects EC-6 Certification (39 hours)

Required (6 hours)
ECED 5033 Guidance and Classroom Management for EC-6
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5331 Evaluation of Development of Young Children
Credit Hours: 3
Master's Degree Options (6 hours)
ECED 6739 Early Childhood Education Practicum
Credit Hours: 3
ECED 5335 Children, Family and Society
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

  • Internship requires prior completion of a minimum of nine hours of the Professional Education Core and a minimum of 15 ECED hours completed from the 21 ECED hours on the plan.
  • All placement sites must have an approved UHCL Agreement of Affiliation on record with the Center for the Professional Development of Teachers office prior to beginning the practicum.
Additional Certification Courses (34 hours)
EDUC 4310 Theories of Educational Psychology
Credit Hours: 3
TCED 4100 Core Subjects Teacher Seminar
Credit Hours: 1
 
One of the following
LLLS 5131 Integrating the Language Arts
Credit Hours: 3
LLLS 4344 Reading & Writing for EC-6
Credit Hours: 3
 
One of the following
LLLS 5533 Selecting Literature and Materials for Children
Credit Hours: 3
LLLS 4345 Survey of Children's Literature
Credit Hours: 3
 
One of the following
SPED 5030 Survey of Individual Differences
Credit Hours: 3
SPED 4300 Survey of Exceptionalities
Credit Hours: 3
 
One of the following
TCED 5231 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
Credit Hours: 3
TCED 4321 Social Studies Methods for EC-6
Credit Hours: 3
 
One of the following 
TCED 5232 Teaching Science in the EC-6 Classroom
Credit Hours: 3
TCED 4322 Science Methods for EC-6
Credit Hours: 3
 
One of the following 
TCED 5233 Teaching Mathematics in the EC-6 Classroom
Credit Hours: 3
TCED 4323 Mathematics Methods for EC-6
Credit Hours: 3
Internship
Option 1
TCED 4378 Pre-Service Internship I
Credit Hours: 3
TCED 4978 Pre-Service Internship II/Student Teaching
Credit Hours: 9
 
Option 2
TCED 4678 Post-Degree Internship I
Credit Hours: 6
TCED 4679 Post-Degree Internship II/Student Teaching
Credit Hours: 6

Additional Information

Students seeking teaching certification must complete additional requirements. See a College of Education adviser for details.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) and a 3.000 GPA in last 60 hours.
    • If GPA in last 60 hours is 3.000 or higher, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is NOT required.
  • If GPA is below 3.000, scores from either the GRE/MAT must be submitted.
    • If GPA is below 2.500 - 3.000, minimum required test scores;
      • GRE - 294 combined on the Quantitative & Verbal, 3.5 Analytical Writing
      • MAT - 390