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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

M.A. in Education - Early Childhood / Elementary Ed

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Master's Degree

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Purpose of Program

This concentration is designed to allow professionals the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for effective instruction and care, leadership, and advocacy in early childhood and elementary education in a diverse society. Emphasis is on integrating reflective practices with current research perspectives for practical applications. The focus is also on advancing the research and knowledge base in fields of early childhood and elementary education.



Program Options

The Early Childhood and Elementary Education (ECE) concentration requires 33 (thesis) or 36 (non-thesis) semester hours for completion. In addition to general education courses, students must complete the following:

9 hours of core courses:

    • ILT 5003    Principles of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
    • C&I 5003   Theory of Curriculum and Instruction
    • EDU 5003 Research Methods in Education

15 hours of ECE core courses:

    • ECE 5133    Language and Discourse Development in Preschool-Primary Children
    • ECE 5503   Theoretical Foundations of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    • ECE 6423   Advanced Studies in Play
    • ECE 6453   Assessment and Evaluation in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    • ECE 6653   Action Research in Childhood Settings (Capstone Course)

12 hours of support courses:

    • Students will work with their faculty advisors to develop a list of graduate-level electives to support students’ professional and academic goals.  These courses may include additional coursework in ECE or other related fields of education such as Literacy Education, Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction.




Career Opportunities

Students in this concentration will be qualified to work in a variety of early childhood and elementary settings as classroom teachers (with necessary certifications), early childhood and elementary education curriculum specialists, and childcare directors and advocates. They can also serve with non-profit organizations, government agencies and community agencies.

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Admission Requirements



All applicants must meet UTSA Graduate School admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended. In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:


  • A baccalaurate degree from an accredited university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in last 60 hours coursework
  • ††Be in good standing with the last institution attended
  • ††Completion of 18 undergraduate credit hours in education or related field (including 12 upper-division level hours)**


** Applicants without adequate undergraduate hours in education may be required to complete background courses as a condition of admission. If assigned, these are required in addition to the miminum number of hours for the degree.


UTSA ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking


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