Human Development and Family Studies

ONLINE GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN Birth-Kindergarten (B-K)

All application materials for the following programs must be received by May 15, 2015, in order to be considered for Fall 2015 admission. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the program fills.

Not sure which graduate program in B-K is right for you? We offer many online options:


1) If you are an early childhood program administrator or interested in gaining knowledge and skills in leadership and program administration: M.Ed In BK:ISED: emphasis on Early Childhood Leadership & Program Administration. 37 credit hours hours. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and three letters of recommendation to apply. No teaching license or GRE test required for this emphasis. An interview and writing sample are required in place of the GRE. This emphasis is full and no longer accepting applications for Fall 2015.


2) If you are interested in obtaining advanced licensure in Birth-Kindergarten: M.Ed in BK:ISED: emphasis on Early Childhood Leadership & Advanced Teaching Licensure. 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. The GRE is required for this emphasis. Limited space is available for Fall 2015.


3) If you 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 as quickly as possible): Graduate B-K Initial Licensure Certificate. 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 2015, all application materials, including the complete application to the program (http://grs.uncg.edu/apply-online/), application to the grant, and personal statements must be received by April 1, 2015.


4) If you are interested in early childhood leadership and do not wish to pursue an M.Ed.: Leadership in Early Care and Education Certificate, 18 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.  


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.


UNCG is currently authorized to offer online courses to students in all states except Iowa, Wisconsin, Montana, Wyoming and Minnesota.