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.
are employed in the education field with salaries consistently higher than those
with only a bachelor's degree.
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.