The Master of Education: Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (BK:ISED) Program:
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.
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.
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.
Application Deadline: All application materials must be received by February 1, 2016 in order to be considered for Fall 2016 admission. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the program fills.
Emphasis on Early Childhood Leadership & Program Administration
This 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. An interview and writing sample will be required of applicants. Applicants must submit academic transcripts, 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.
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 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). 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.
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 February 1, 2016, in order to be considered for Fall 2016 admission. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the program fills.For further information about any BK program contact Dr. Catherine Scott-Little, HDFS BK Director, at email@example.com or Dr. Margaret Gillis, SES BK Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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