Human Development and Family Studies

Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (BK:ISED)

Online Master of Education Program

Frequently Asked Questions:

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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. An interview with faculty and writing sample are also required. Applicants to the Advanced Teaching Licensure concentration 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.

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. Students in the Advanced Teaching Licensure concentration who take HDF/SES 607 and/or HDF/SES 606 are required to participate in 3-hours-per-week field experiences in high-quality inclusive settings. Students in the Advanced Teaching Licensure concentration 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. The program provides as much flexibility as possible for working students to meet these requirements. 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 concentration 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 concentration 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 before or during the program.  

How do I apply for the BK:ISED Program?
Complete the online application at Applications must include academic transcripts, a current resume, a professional statement describing interest and rationale for the concentration to which they are applying and career goals, and three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference. Applicants are also required to complete a writing sample and a phone interview with faculty. 

What is the application deadline?
All application materials must be complete by February 1, 2017, in order to be considered for Fall 2017 admission. Applications completed after that date will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the program fills.

How can I get further information about the program?
For further information about any BK program contact Dr. Catherine Scott-Little, HDFS BK Graduate Co-Director, at or Dr. Margaret Gillis, SES BK Graduate Co-Director, at

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

HDFS Course Descriptions in the Graduate Bulletin

BKISED Course requirements for each concentration (docx)

BK Graduate Handbook 2016-17

B-KISED Program Brochure

BKISED_Plan_of_Study_2016 (docx)

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