Human Development and Family Studies

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

Early Childhood Leadership and Advanced Teching Licensure Emphasis Early Childhood Leadership and Advanced Teching Licensure Emphasis

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Application Deadline: 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 and recommendation letters) must be posted to the electronic application file, which can take up to three weeks. We stronly recommend that applicants complete their application packet by January 13, 2018 to allow time for documents to be posted into the online file. Applications completed after February 1 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the program fills.

To begin the application process for the BKISED program, visit the Graduate School's application website.

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 within the first 12 semester credit hours 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 initial licensure 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About the BKISED Program

Return to the Birth-Kindergarten Online Programs webpage to see all of our online program options.

HDFS Course Descriptions in the Graduate Bulletin

BK Graduate Handbook 2016-17

B-KISED Program Brochure

BKISED_Plan_of_Study_2016 (docx)

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.