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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

M.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Master's Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education is designed to allow students 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. The emphasis of this program is on integrating reflective practices with current research perspectives for practical applications.



Program Options

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education requires 33 (thesis) or 36 (non-thesis) semester hours for completion. Courses required for this degree include:


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


12 hours of ECE program emphasis courses:

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


15 hours of support courses:

  • ECE 6423   Advanced Studies in Play 
  • 12 semester credit hours of graduate electives

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 that complete this degree 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


GRADUATE PROGRAM ASSISTANCE:
For assistance with Admission Requirements, or for further information, contact the program's Student Development Specialist (Listed Under Contacts)



Applications

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The University of Texas at San Antonio
Attn: The Graduate School
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA)

 

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Coordinator of Undergraduate Student Services
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210-458-4021 voice
210-458-4487 fax




UTSA Graduate School

Send all USPS mail (transcripts, etc.) to:

The University of Texas at San Antonio
Attn: The Graduate School
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249



College of Education and Human Development

Mailing Address:

The University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Education and Human Development
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249