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Meet the increased demand in the early childhood field by combining the knowledge and skills needed to mold the next generation of learners.
Explore the landscape of early childhood education from previously unseen angles to understand more about children and the sociocultural communities they inhabit. Integrate these insights with examinations of classrooms and schools to better serve diverse populations of young children and their families.

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Why Earn a Early Childhood Education Master's?

UNT’s accelerated online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education program is designed for those who want to learn how to better respond to increasingly diverse populations through inclusive, culturally responsive and linguistically rich curriculum.

Our master’s students critically examine the nature of early childhood classrooms, centers and schools in order to reconceptualize what it means to teach and care for young children. This knowledge translates into skills that can be applied across research, policy and practice settings, preparing our graduates to be advocates for children — whether it be better teachers, more reflective administrators or more critical researchers and policymakers.

Marketable Skills
  • Use research/evaluation skills/methods
  • Promote equity through leadership/advocacy
  • Apply curricular theory and instructional models
  • Use child and program assessments
  • Manage early childhood resources/services

Early Childhood Education Master's Highlights

The quality of our program is enhanced by faculty members' critically engaged work within early childhood research, initiatives, and organizations at local, national and international levels.
Our faculty members have written, co-authored and edited books, book chapters and articles in top-refereed journals.
As part of a Tier One research university, the graduate faculty also present their work at national and international professional meetings and conferences.
The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. This accreditation means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.
The Child Development Laboratory is an accredited preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 years old that also serves as a model, an observation site and a training center for undergraduate and graduate students in fields related to children's development and learning.
UNT's College of Educations is one of the state's top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.

What Can You do With a Early Childhood Education Master's?

Top Careers

  • Preschool Teachers
  • Kindergarten Teachers

Top Posted Job Titles

  • Lead Teacher
  • Child Care Teachers
  • Teacher Assistants

Early Childhood Education Master's Courses You Could Take

Constructions of Guidance in Early Childhood Classrooms (3 hrs)
Explorations of theories of guidance, classroom organization, and pedagogical consistency that can be used in learning environments for young children and the diverse perspectives that are represented by those theories.
Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Education (3 hrs)
Advanced survey of theory/philosophy and research related to educating children. Integrative and comprehensive assessment of both classic and recent contributions in the field of early childhood education.
Curriculum Theory in Early Childhood Education (3 hrs)
Curriculum theory as applied to early childhood studies and educational practices with young children. Explores research related to knowledge organization strategies, including emergent curriculum, content selection, planning and evaluation, as well as knowledge diversity and the influence of public policy on curricular practices.
Assessment in Early Childhood Education (3 hrs)
Examines the role of assessment in the process of program development, instruction and individual differences. Attention is given to observational strategies, record keeping, analysis of data, instructional planning and program evaluation.
Leadership and Supervision of Programs (3 hrs)
Issues and problems in administration of programs for children, youth and families. Includes administrative leadership of programs and staff, effective staff development and supervision.
Schooling in a Multicultural Society (3 hrs)
Recognition and examination of the philosophy and principles germane to multicultural education. Emphasis is on sensitivity to racial and cultural differences and their influences on an effective educational program as well as the political and social implications of these differences.

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