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Master of Education
Early Childhood Option


(currently not available)

This program provides learning opportunities for teachers, support personnel, and parents of children from birth through nine years of age.

The following four areas are available: Pre-K programs, Primary Education (K-3rd grade), Special Education, and Parenting/Family Studies.

Obtaining teacher licensure is optional and may require additional courses to meet licensure standards. Many of the courses in this program are offered in the evening allowing for flexible completion.

Careers: What can you do with a degree in Early Childhood?

Pre-School/Day Care: Teaching, Administration
Community Services: Administration, Development, Programming

Admission Criteria/Application Procedures
  1. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  2. Graduate GPA of at least 3.0
  3. Standardized graduate admission test (GRE)
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Please contact the office of Graduate Studies for information about this program, admission requirements, application forms, graduate assistantships and other scholarship information. Contact us as well for information about any of our graduate degree programs.

Our office is located in McMullen Hall, First Floor.
The office is open from 8:00 to 5:00 (Mountain time) Monday through Friday. Office: 406-657-2238 Fax: 406-657-2302

Program Structure

Online? No
Evening Classes? Yes
Program Length: If you take a full load of 9 credits per semester, you could finish this program in about 4 semesters

Courses Credit
EDF 501 Research Design & Interpretation 3
EDF 530 Advanced Human Development & Learning 3
EC 502 Research in Special Programs 3
EC 532 Advanced Physical and Cognitive Development 3
EC 533 Advanced Social & Emotional Development 3
EC 590 Internship 3-6
Chosen in consultation with the advisor from one of the following professional areas: Pre-K programs, Primary Education, Special Education, Parent & Family Studies
EC 599 Thesis 6
EC 597 Action Research Project & Seminar 3
Total minimum credits required for Thesis Track 36
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