Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development, M.Ed. Early Childhood and Advanced Teaching Licensure Concentration


This interdisciplinary synchronous online program is jointly administered by the Department of Specialized Education Services and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and prepares students to assume leadership roles in diverse settings (both education and community-based) serving young children with and without disabilities, ages birth to five, and their families. The concentration in Early Childhood Leadership & Advanced Teaching Licensure is designed for students with a Standard Professional I or initial license seeking education in early childhood leadership and an advanced teaching license.

Program Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 41 out of 321 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs by US News and World Report.
  • The UNC Greensboro School of Education was named one of the 2022 “Top Graduate Schools of Education” by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Human Development and. Family Studies is in the Top 49 Best Early Childhood Degree Programs for 2021 by

The Student Experience

  • Students with a Standard Professional I or initial license seeking education in early childhood leadership complete requirements for an advanced (M) teaching license.
  • Fully online, delivered in a synchronous virtual classroom format, and can be completed in as little as two years
  • Experienced and committed faculty from the Specialized Education Services and Human Development and. Family Studies teach, advise, and mentor students in this innovative interdisciplinary program.
  • The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina Scholarship Program provides scholarships for qualified students in this program..

After Graduation

Graduates of the program are prepared for successful careers as early childhood teachers, early interventionists, resource and referral specialists, child care consultants, family advocates, program directors/administrators, technical assistance providers, and/or community college instructors.

Apply to Program

  • PRIORITY consideration: JANUARY 15
  • FINAL opportunity for consideration: FEBRUARY 1

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Program Details

Degree Type: Master's

College/School: School of Health and Human Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: Online

Contact Us

Dr. Salih Rakap
HDF B-K Co-Director

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little
HDF B-K Co-Director