Human Development and Family Studies

The Master of Education: Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (BK:ISED) Program:

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6/2/14: Due to high demand, we are no longer accepting applications for the M.Ed program for Fall 2014. We invite you to apply for Summer or 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 generally are from 4:00 to 6:50 pm. 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.

In this M.Ed. there are two areas of emphasis—one on Early Childhood Leadership & Program Administration and another on Early Childhood Leadership & Advanced Teaching Licensure.

The contact information for the M.Ed. program: Caroline Kernahan at cpkernah@uncg.edu, 336-334-5315 or Jean Kang at j_kang@uncg.edu

Emphasis on Early Childhood Leadership & Program Administration
This new emphasis within the BK:ISED program equips teachers, directors/administrators, technical assistance providers, and other professionals working closely with early childhood educators to be leaders in the field. It includes advanced training in personnel development and support, budgeting and financial management, early childhood systems and policy, research and evaluation in early childhood, leadership and mentoring, communication, public engagement, assessment, and curriculum within the context of family-centered practices that support early childhood professionals to effectively work with diverse children and families in inclusive settings. Additional academic work may need to be completed by students without foundational skills or content knowledge in early childhood. Prerequisite credits may not be applied toward the M.Ed. degree. Prerequisite requirements must be satisfied as early as possible in the program. The BK Graduate Program Committee approves any transfer credit.

No teaching license or GRE test required for this emphasis. Courses begin SUMMER 2014. An interview and writing sample will be required of applicants.


Scholarships Available! As part of the Race to the Top Early Learning Grant, North Carolina identified the need for the development of an advanced degree in early childhood leadership and management. Directors of programs serving young children as well as community agency leaders who work on behalf of young children have long expressed a desire to learn more about leading and managing early childhood programs. Two online master’s degree programs are available to help meet this need – one at UNCG and one at UNCW.  In order to receive a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship while at UNCG you will have to agree to take the courses in the Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration emphasis as part of your course of study for the Master’s degree. An application for this scholarship can be found at www.childcareservices.org or by calling Child Care Services Association at 919-967-3272 and asking for Edith Locke or Amy Duffy.

:Q: What if my undergraduate gpa is below 3.0?
A: If your gpa falls below the 3.0 level then you have the option of taking a graduate level course as a visiting student and then applying for the program. We recommend that students take SES 605 this summer (starting May 15th through June 18th) and then apply for the program by July 1st. Students are not guaranteed admission to the program (a full application review along with the interview and short writing sample will still be required) but they will be considered as eligible applicants if they earn a B or better in SES 605. Please note that TEACH scholarships will not be available to visiting students but this course may be reimbursed if students are accepted for all admission. The CCSA should be contacted about potential reimbursement for this tuition cost. Visiting students must apply through UNCG's Division of Continual Learning program for summer: http://online.uncg.edu/marketing/summer/index.php

 

Summer 2014* Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
SES 605 ERM 604 HDF 650 HDF 634 HDF 636 SES 604 (6 hours)
*(or summer 2016) SES 601 HDF 602 -4 hours   HDF 633 SES 603
    SES 602     Capstone experience (portfolio & oral defense)

Emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership & Advanced Teaching Licensure
This emphasis within the BK:ISED program is designed for students seeking education in early childhood leadership and an advanced teaching license. It is expected that all admitted students to this emphasis will have general teaching competencies and hold an initial B-K teaching license or an initial teaching license in another field of education.  Those with initial teaching licenses in other fields of education must satisfy prerequisite requirements and complete eight (8) weeks of student teaching (which adds 4 credit hours to the program). The student teaching course is taught during the summer. Additional academic work may need to be completed by students without foundational skills or content knowledge in early childhood. Prerequisite credits may not be applied toward the M.Ed. degree unless they are BK:ILP courses (see Birth-Kindergarten: Initial Licensure Program in the graduate bulletin).  Prerequisite requirements must be satisfied as early as possible in the program. The BK Graduate Program Committee approves any transfer credit.

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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.

HDFS Course Descriptions in the Graduate Bulletin

BKISED Course requirements for each emphasis (docx)

B-KISED Graduate Handbook

B-KISED Program Brochure

BKISED_Plan_of_Study_2014 (docx)

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