Program Requirements

Degree requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 approved graduate hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.
  2. No more than 16 hours of 600-level course work may be applied to the degree program.
  3. Comprehensive Examination. A comprehensive examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.
  4. Research. Completion of one seminar which shall require an extensive paper or major creative work.
  5. Transfer Credit. A maximum of 9 credit hours of graduate credit may be accepted toward a master’s degree. All transfer credit must be “A” or “B” grade status from a regionally accredited college or university and must be approved by the Department Head or student’s advisor.

Required courses

Courses may count only once in meeting the 32-hour program course requirement.

Required core courses, 23 hours
Course code Course title Credit hours
CFD 701 Orientation to Early Childhood and Family Development 1 hr
CFD 750 Advanced Human Development Studies 3 hrs
ECE 725 Inquiry in Early Childhood and Family Development 3 hrs
CFD 761
ECE 726
Advanced Family Studies
Programming and Policy Issues for Early Childhood Settings
3 hrs
3 hrs
ECE 727 Children and Families in a Diverse Society 3 hrs
SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology 3 hrs
ECE 771 Proposal Development 4 hrs
ECE 762 Seminar in Early Childhood and Family Development 3 hrs
Elective courses, 9 hours

Courses may be selected with the recommendation and approval of student’s advisor. These courses can include a variety of classes from our program and related programs. Below are examples of some course electives, however, other course options are available in consultation with your advisor.

Course code Course title Credit hours
ECE 601 Home/School/Community Relationships with Young Children and Their Families 3 hrs
ECE 705 Field Experiences in Early Childhood Education 1-3 hrs
ECE 724 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 hrs
ECE 728 The Educational Role of Play 3 hrs
ECE 729 Literacy in Early Childhood 3 hrs
ECE 730 Family Literacy 3 hrs
CFD 702 Community Engagement 3 hrs
CFD 632 Family Advocacy 3 hrs
CFD 633 Principles of Family Life Education 4 hrs
CFD 662 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 3 hrs
ELE 713 Advanced Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Communication Arts 3 hrs
ELE 720 Advanced Theory and Practice in Student Assessment and Evaluation 3 hrs
PSY 604 Forensic Child Psychology 3 hrs
PSY 629 Psychological Tests and Measurements 3 hrs
RDG 640 Analysis and Correction of Difficulties in Literacy 3 hrs
RDG 700 Relationship of Language to Literacy and Intellectual Development 3 hrs