Early Childhood Education, MS

College of Education and Human Development

early childhood education masters degree students

Early Childhood Education, MS (36 hours)

Through the Master's in Early Childhood Education, teachers, curriculum specialists and administrators develop advanced expertise in designing curricula, classrooms, and experiences for young children. Students also gain skills in evaluating instruction based on children’s needs and developing techniques to evaluate young children's learning.

This program prepares early childhood professionals who will promote and provide excellence in education, research, and leadership to the diverse communities and educational needs of young children in the global community.

Domestic Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
June 1 October 15 April 15 May 15

International Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1 September 1 February 1 February 1

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Essay (Approximately 300-400 words in length which includes educational and professional goals and the reason for applying to the program)

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Printable Degree Plan

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Foundation Courses (6 semester credit hours)

EDFN 5301 - Introduction to Research 3 credits
ERST 5302 - Studies in Equality of Educational Opportunities OR 3 credits
SPED 5385 - Foundations in Language Minority Special Education 3 credits

Core Courses (21 semester credit hours)

ECED 5301 - Involving Families & Communities in the Lives of Young Children 3 credits
ECED 5334 - Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Curriculum 3 credits
ECED 5337 - Cultural, Linguistic, and Economic Diversity and the Effect of the Lives of Young Children 3 credits
ECED 5340 - Appropriate Formal and Informal Assessment of all Young Children 3 credits
ECED 5346 - Capstone Research Proposal in Early Childhood Education 3 credits
ECED 5349 - Capstone Research Project in Early Childhood Education 3 credits
READ 5310 - Emergent Literacy 3 credits

Specialization Areas (9 semester credit hours)

Students are required to choose ONE area of specialization and complete all courses in the area chosen.

Bilingual Education

BIEM 5343 - Foundations in Bilingual Education 3 credits
BIEM 5344 - Methods of Teaching Bilingual Children 3 credits
BIEM 5345 - Developmental Linguistics 3 credits

English as a Second Language

BIEM 5346 - Pedagogical implications of Bilingual/ESL OR 3 credits
BIEM 6346 - Pedagogical Implications of Bilingual/ESL 3 credits
BIEM 5347 - Methods of Teaching English As a Second Language 3 credits
BIEM 5349 - Contrastive Analysis 3 credits

Reading Education

READ 5345 - Stages and Standards for Reading Development 3 credits
READ 5350 – Multicultural Literacy 3 credits
READ 5369 - Content Area Reading 3 credits
READ 5381 - Exploring the Literature of Children & Adolescents 3 credits
READ 5392 - Psycho-Sociolinguistics and Reading                  3 credits
READ 5395 - Leadership and Literacy                                    3 credits

Special Education

SPED 5315 - Individuals with Exceptionalities in the Schools OR 3 credits
SPED 5319 - Introduction to Low-Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
SPED 5320 - Application of Learning Principles 3 credits
SPED 5321 - Supporting Access for Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
SPED 5380 - Students with Behavior Disorders                                           3 credits

Fundamentals of Education

EDUC 5351 - Foundations of Education in America 3 credits
EDUC 5352 - Planning, Teaching, Learning Processes 3 credits
EDUC 5353 - Classroom Management and the Student 3 credits
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Master's in Early Childhood National Standards Matrices (xlsx)

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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Jana Sanders

6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5818
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5818
Office : 361-825-3328