Human Development and Family Studies

Masters of Education in Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development, cass of 2016

UNCG’s BKISED Masters Program Ranked #2 in the Country!

All application materials for the following programs must be COMPLETED by February 1, 2018 in order to be considered for Fall 2018 admission. To be considered complete, all materials (including transcripts, personal statement, and recommendation letters) must be posted to the electronic application file, which can take up to three weeks. We strongly recommend that applicants complete their application packet by January 12, 2018 to allow time for documents to be posted into the online file. To begin the application process for any of the options described below, visit the Graduate School's application website. Applications completed after February 1 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis if slots become available.

The fall cohort is typically filled by applicants with complete applications on file before February 1, 2018.

M.Ed In BK:ISED: Concentration in Early Childhood Leadership & Program Administration

  • For early childhood program administrators or others interested in gaining knowledge and skills in leadership and program administration. This program does not meet the requirements for the BK Advanced Teaching License.
  • 37 credit hours.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and three letters of recommendation to apply.
  • No teaching license or GRE test required. An interview and writing sample are required in place of the GRE.

M.Ed in BK:ISED: Concentration in Early Childhood Leadership & Advanced Teaching Licensure

  • For those seeking to obtain an advanced licensure in Birth-Kindergarten.
  • 37 credit hours.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and an initial teaching license. For those with a non-BK teaching license, an additional 4 credit hours of student teaching is required.
  • Individuals with a license other than BK who need their BK license as soon as possible are encouraged to apply for the Graduate BK Initial Licensure Certificate Program as a first step to obtain the add-on license prior to the advanced license.
  • No GRE test is required. An interview and writing sample are required in place of the GRE.

Graduate B-K Initial Licensure Certificate

  • For applicants who do not have any teaching licenses and would like to obtain an initial B-K teaching license (or if you have another license and would like to obtain the BK license).
  • 20 credit hours.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field.
  • A grant funding opportunity is available for students in this program. To be considered for the grant funding opportunity for Fall 2018, all application materials, including the complete application to the program (, application to the grant, and personal statements must be received by February 1, 2018.
  • No GRE test is required.

Leadership in Infant and Toddler Learning Certificate

  • For prospective students interested in infant/toddler leadership who do not wish to pursue an M.Ed.
  • 19 credit hour post-baccalaureate certificate.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field.
  • No teaching license is required for this program.  No GRE test is required.

The Online Graduate Programs in BK are primarily taught in a synchronous online format using web cameras and headsets. The synchronous classes are held from 5:00 to 6:50 pm. All programs are jointly offered by the Human Development and Family Studies and Specialized Education Services Departments.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a participating institution in both the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and North Carolina’s portal agency, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements North Carolina (SARA NC). Participation in SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders.

For further information about states in which UNCG is authorized to offer on-line education

Completion of the UNCG Birth through Kindergarten on-line program meets higher education requirements for teaching licensure in North Carolina. If you are considering a Birth Through Kindergarten online graduate program that leads to a professional license but plan to teach in a state other than North Carolina, it is highly recommended you contact Dr. Catherine Scott-Little (, BK Graduate Program Co-Director, to review the content of the program, and review the requirements of the appropriate licensing agency where you plan to teach (to learn about that state’s licensing requirements) before enrolling in the program.