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.


Requirements: 3.0 GPA last 60 hours, TAMU-CC spring or summer 2020 graduate from a bachelor’s program, completed application. Fall application fee will be paid through an application scholarship as long as funds last. If requirements are met, applicants should be notified within three business days after the complete Apply Texas application is received. Transcripts for TAMUCC graduates are on file – applicant does not need to submit. Apply via Apply Texas Application.

Domestic Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 13 November 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

Degree Requirements

1. Foundation Courses (6 semester hours)

  • EDFN 5301 - Introduction to Research 3 sem. hrs.
  • ERST 5302 - Studies in Equality of Educational Opportunities 3 sem. hrs. OR
  • SPED 5385 - English Learners and Special Education 3 sem. hrs.


2. Core Courses (21 semester hours)

  • ECED 5301 - Involving Families and Communities in the Lives of Young Children 3 sem. hrs.
  • ECED 5334 - Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Curriculum 3 sem. hrs.
  • ECED 5337 - Cultural, Linguistic and Economic Diversity and the Effect on the Lives of Young Children 3 sem. hrs.
  • ECED 5340 - Appropriate Formal and Informal Assessment of all Young Children 3 sem. hrs.
  • ECED 5346 - Capstone Research Proposal in Early Childhood Education 3 sem. hrs.
  • ECED 5349 - Capstone Research Project in Early Childhood Education 3 sem. hrs. (required for all students)
  • READ 5310 - Emergent Literacy 3 sem. hrs.


3. Specialization Areas (9 semester hours)

Students are required to choose ONE area of specialization and complete 9 hours in the area chosen.

Bilingual Education (EC-Grade 6)

  • BIEM 5343 - Foundations in Bilingual Education 3 sem. hrs.
  • BIEM 5344 - Methods of Teaching Bilingual Children 3 sem. hrs.
  • BIEM 5345 - Developmental Linguistics 3 sem. hrs.

English as a Second Language

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

Reading Education

  • READ 5345 - Stages and Standards for Reading Development 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5350 - Multicultural Literacy 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5369 - Content Area Reading 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5381 - Exploring the Literature of Children and Adolescents 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5392 - Psycho-sociolinguistics and Reading 3 sem. hrs.
  • READ 5395 - Leadership and Literacy 3 sem. hrs.

Special Education

  • SPED 5315 - Individuals with Exceptionalities in Schools 3 sem. hrs. OR
  • SPED 6315 - Individuals with Exceptionalities in the Schools sem. hrs.
  • SPED 5319 - Introduction to Low-Incidence Disabilities 3 sem. hrs.
  • SPED 5320 - Application of Learning Principles 3 sem. hrs.
  • SPED 5321 - Supporting Access for Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities 3 sem. hrs.
  • SPED 5340 - Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 3 sem. hrs.
  • SPED 5380 - Behavioral Supports and Interventions for Students with Disabilities 3 sem. hrs.
  • SPED 5385 - English Learners and Special Education 3 sem. hrs.

Fundamentals of Education

  • EDUC 5351 - Foundations of Education in America 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDUC 5352 - Planning, Teaching, Learning Processes 3 sem. hrs.
  • EDUC 5353 - Classroom Management and the Student 3 sem. hrs.
  • In order to be admitted to the ACE Program, students must take and pass the Texas Content Exam.  Students must also complete either clinical teaching (1 semester) or obtain a two semester internship.  Finally, they must take and pass the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Exam.


4. Additional Electives as approved by advisor

  • ECED 5303 - Graduate Studies in Early Childhood Education 3 sem. hrs.
  • ECED 5397 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 sem. hrs.


Capstone Experience

All students pursuing the master’s degree in Early Childhood Education will take ECED 5349 (Capstone Experience in Early Childhood Education). Candidates for this degree must successfully present and defend their Graduate Portfolio to the Assessment Panel prior to graduation. The portfolio consists of experiences, projects, originally designed products and a synthesis of reflection developed during participation in the degree program. Each student who is a candidate for graduation must present and discuss each item of their portfolio with the Assessment Panel. The panel of three consists of a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Early Childhood professor, a professor from the College of Education and Human Development (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi), and a professional educator who holds a masters or doctorate degree.

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Dr. Jana Sanders

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