Early Childhood Development & Education
Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Development & Education
If you’re passionate about working with young children and their families, our graduate programs in early childhood development and education can prepare you for a rewarding career. Potential roles include:
- Work as a parent educator
- Administer children’s programs in schools or in the community
- Work in public and private agencies focused on children and families
- Work as a family/child advocate
- Become a Child Life Specialist and work with children in a healthcare
- Work in the early childhood intervention field
- Inform policy regarding best practices for working with children and
- Teach at the college and university level
- Conduct research
Major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats. Face-to-face courses are offered only on the TWU Denton campus.
The M.S. in Child Life is a fully online program. This program prepares child life specialists to provide services and support for children and their families in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices and other health-related settings. These specialists prepare children for medical procedures by using child-friendly, developmentally appropriate language.
How to apply
The M.S. in Child Development, M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in ECDE have rolling admission — there is no deadline to apply. The M.S. in Chid Life degree has the following admission deadlines: Oct. 1 for spring admission, March 1 for fall admission. See the academic calendar for university semester start dates.
Program-Specific Admission Requirements
Please note that all master's-level programs have the same admission requirements.
M.S (Child Development)
M.S. (Child Life)
M.Ed (Early Childhood Education)
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Three letters of reference/recommendation
- Letter of intent (500 word essay/goals statement)*
- Academic writing requirement*
- GPA of 3.5 on previous graduate work
- Preferred minimum GRE scores: Verbal 147 (410) Quant. 144 (500)
- Relevant master’s degree or prerequisite equivalents for core area
- Letter of intent, including program goals and research interests*
- 3 Letters of recommendation*
Once you have applied to the Graduate School, please email items* above to email@example.com.
Current Student Information
For more information
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education; M.S. in Child Development; Ph.D. in
Early Childhood Development and Education:
Sharla Snider, PhD
Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
M.S. in Child Life:
Elizabeth McCarroll, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Child Life
Page last updated 1:04 PM, September 6, 2018