The Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science, option in Early Childhood
Education, emphasizes theory, research and application of child development in professional
education of children from birth through age eight. The program prepares graduates
for careers as early childhood teacher educators, child, family and educational advocates,
administrators and more. Students may pursue the program as a traditional master’s
degree or as a dual-degree program, earning both a bachelor’s degree and master’s
The traditional master’s degree requires a minimum of 30 or 32 hours beyond the bachelor’s
degree, depending if you chose the thesis or creative component option. The bachelor’s
and master’s dual-degree program requires 151 total credit hours and is designed to
be completed in five years, including two summers.
Coursework areas of emphasis include:
100% of our master’s students are employed in the education field with salaries
consistently higher than those with only a bachelor's degree.
Child Development, assessment and intervention
History and theory
Observation and assessment
Research and Faculty
Program faculty have expertise in the areas of inclusive classrooms, assistive technology,
how relationships among teachers, parents and children influence children’s learning
and development and working with immigrant and multilingual families. Our students
have research, observation and learning opportunities in our on-campus Cleo L. Craig Child Development Laboratory (CDL), which serves children age one through five. The CDL is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Applications to the program are considered twice per year with the following deadlines:
Fall Semester - April 1
Spring Semester - October 15 Students interested in the dual degree must apply to the MS program during their third
year of the undergraduate program.