Master of Education in Early Childhood

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General Information

The Master of Education in Early Childhood is one of the inaugural graduate degrees offered at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The Early Childhood program offers students a broad understanding within the theoretical constructs which support practices for young children that are socially, culturally and individually appropriate. The program emphasizes a holistic view of the child and family while also valuing their role as integral to the community. The goal of the program is for graduates to develop the skills to engage in issues of advocacy with children and families.

Who Should Apply?

The field of Early Childhood Education encompasses a range of professions including Certified Teachers, Child Development Specialists, Early Childhood Directors, Early Childhood Education Coordinators and Head Start professionals. Therefore, this degree program focuses on developing the skills and thought processes of both certified and non-certified professionals who work with young children. Additionally, this program assists with the continuing education of students who are pursuing teacher certification.

Program Details

The Master of Education in Early Childhood degree requires a total of 36 hours of graduate coursework. Twenty-one hours of this degree are linked to coursework within the department of Early Childhood. Two of the classes, Foundations of Early Childhood and Integrated Curriculum, are mandatory. For the remaining Early Childhood credits, students may choose five of the six available courses to complete a total of 21 hours. Additionally, students must identify 12 hours as a support or specialty field. Students may choose from either Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education, Counseling, Educational Administration, Reading or Special Education.

The Capstone Experience for the Master of Education includes three options. Students may elect to complete a Graduate Research Project, a Thesis or they may choose the Non-Thesis option. Additional coursework may be required depending on the option selected. All students, regardless of the Capstone Experience option chosen, will complete a Comprehensive Exam.


Applicants to the Master in Early Childhood program should have a broad base in the following areas: Child Growth and Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Consumer Sciences or Human Ecology.


EDEC 5333

Foundations in Early Childhood Curriculum

3 credit hours

EDEC 5335

Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

3 credit hours

EDED 5329

Education Research

3 credit hours

EDEC 5359

Constructing Developmentally Appropriate Experiences in Mathematics

3 credit hours

EDEC 5369

Supporting the Development of Literacy

3 credit hours

EDEC 5317

Explorations: An Inquiry Approach to Teaching Social Studies

3 credit hours

EDEC 5318

Investigations: An Inquiry Approach to Teaching Science

3 credit hours

EDEC 5349

Incorporating Play in the Early Childhood Curriculum

3 credit hours

EDEC 5351

Special Problems in Early Childhood

3 credit hours

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