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Program Coordinators:
(Undergraduate) Dr. Elizabeth McCarroll • • 940-898-2736
(Graduate) Dr. Katherine Rose • • 940-898-3154

Major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats.  Face-to-face courses are only offered on the TWU Denton campus and the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney.

The Child Development / Early Childhood Education program prepares students for a variety of professional roles focused on serving the needs of children and their families.  Potential roles include the following:

  • Parent educator
  • Work as a parent educator
  • Administer children’s programs
  • Work in public and private agencies focused on children and families
  • Become a Child Life Specialist
  • Work in the early childhood intervention field
  • Teach at the college and university level
  • Other roles requiring similar knowledge and skills

What our current and former students say about this program:

Undergraduate Degree Plans

Admissions Process & Prerequisites

Graduate Degrees

Deadline to apply for Fall admission is March 1st.

Deadline to apply for Spring admission is October 1st.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

CFLE Application

The Child Development / Early Childhood Education curriculum has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) as meeting the Standards and Criteria required for the Professional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation.  Relevant course work for each of the 10 family life substance areas needed for Provisional CFLE designation must be taken and graduates qualify to complete the abbreviated CFLE application process.

Deadline to apply via the abbreviated process is two years after your date of graduation. When applying include the application, course checklist and a transcript.

CFLE Application 
CFLE Graduate Course Checklist
CFLE Undergraduate Course Checklist

Note:  The B.S. in Child Development: Child Life, B.S. in Child Development: Occupational Therapy and B.S. in Child Development: Physical Therapy do not offer courses leading to a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation.

Graduate Program Information

Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
ECDE Doctoral Comprehensive Exam Policy  [Effective Spring 2016 -- PDF]

Tools for the Portfolio:
Portfolio Guidelines  [PDF]
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards

Portfolio Sample Works
Sample 1: Poverty Paper [Word]
Sample 2: Evaluation of Parent Program [Word]
Sample 3: Theory and Infants [Word]
Sample 4: Cochlear Implant Survey and Data Report [Word]

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