The Master of Education: Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (BK:ISED) Program:
We have filled our Leadership and Program Administration cohort for Fall 2015. We are now accepting applications for Summer/Fall 2016 for this emphasis.
Limited space is available for the Advanced Licensure emphasis for Fall 2015.
This Master of Education (M.Ed.) program prepares students to assume leadership roles in diverse settings (both education and community-based) that develop and implement programming for young children with and without disabilities, ages birth to five, and their families. The degree consists of a minimum of 37 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the Bachelor’s degree. This degree is a fully online synchronous program with classes meeting online using web cameras and microphones. Class meetings are from 5:00 to 6:50pm. Experienced and committed faculty members from the Departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Specialized Education Services teach, advise, and mentor students through this innovative course of study.
Sample BK:ISED Leadership and Program Administration Emphasis Plan of Study:
Emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership & Advanced Teaching Licensure
Students are eligible for the advanced license in BK upon successful completion of the program. Students will not have the opportunity to obtain the initial BK license through the M.Ed. program, so those wishing to obtain the initial BK license in as few as 3 semesters should apply to the Post-Baccalaureate BK Initial Licensure Program (BK:ILP). Upon completion of BK:ILP, students can apply to the BK:ISED program to finish the M.Ed. and obtain advanced licensure.
Applicants must submit academic transcripts, GRE scores, a current resume, a professional statement indicating their interest and rationale for pursuing the M.Ed. and this emphasis, and three letters of recommendation, with at least one from an academic reference.
What does UNCG’s MEd Program Offer?
- We have a proven track record! We have four years of experience delivering an online M.Ed. program.
- Most of our online courses are delivered in a synchronous virtual classroom format. Thus, classes meet once a week using webcams and headsets to discuss the course content.
- Our M.Ed. is interdisciplinary. Faculty from both the Department of Specialized Education Services and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies teach the courses.
- Our program has a developmental, early childhood focus.
- Our faculty are leaders in their fields—policy, practical experience, international experience, inclusion of ALL children, including children with disabilities
- Our graduates are prepared to be employees in a variety of professions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the program admission requirements?
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 for admission. Applicants to the advanced licensure emphasis must have an initial teaching license.
What if my undergraduate GPA is below 3.0?
If your GPA is below 3.0, then you have the option of taking a graduate level course as a visiting student and then applying for the program. Students are not guaranteed admission to the program (a full application review will still be required) but they will be considered as eligible applicants if they earn a B or better in the course they take as a visiting student through UNCG Visions. Visit the following website for more information on enrolling as a visiting student: http://grs.uncg.edu/visions/.
Can I work while completing the BK:ISED Program?
Yes, many students work while completing the program. Synchronous class meetings are in the evenings from 5:00-6:50pm. In HDF/SES 607 and HDF/SES 606, students are required to participate in 3 hour-per-week field experiences in high-quality inclusive settings. Students in the advanced licensure emphasis with a license in an area other than BK are also required to complete 8 weeks of full-time student teaching in high-quality inclusive settings. In some instances, students may need to leave their work settings to complete a field experience or student teaching in an approved setting. The leadership and program administration emphasis does not require any classroom-based practicum experiences.
How long does it take to complete the BK:ISED Program?
The program can be completed in as few as two years, depending on the emphasis and number of courses taken each semester. A limited number of courses are offered during summer sessions. Students applying from fields other than early childhood education may be required to take two pre-requisite courses during the program.
How do I apply for the BK:ISED Program?
Complete the online application at http://grs.uncg.edu/apply-online/. Applications must include academic transcripts, a current resume, a professional statement describing interest and rationale for the emphasis to which they are applying and career goals, and three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference. Individuals applying for the advanced licensure emphasis must also submit GRE scores. Applicants to the Leadership and Program Administration emphasis will be required to complete a writing sample and a phone interview.
What is the application deadline?
All application materials 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. The Leadership and Program Administration emphasis is full for Fall 2015, and we are unable to accept applications to that emphasis. Limited space is available for Fall 2015 admission to the Advanced Licensure emphasis.
UNCG is currently authorized to offer online courses to students in all states except Iowa, Wisconsin, Montana, Wyoming and Minnesota.