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The early childhood education master's program involves at least 30 graduate hours of coursework, experience working with children, a comprehensive examination or a written document and an oral defense of the document or of the comprehensive examination.

Required Courses:

  • LSHD 810 – Child Development (3 credits)
  • LSHD 815 – Infant Behavior and Development (3 credits)
  • LSHD 820 – Theories of Human Development (3 credits)
  • LSHD 830 – Advanced Program Development (2-3 credits)
  • FSHS 850 – Family Studies (3 credits)
  • FSHS 852 – Contemporary Family Theories (3 credits)
  • FSHS 888 – Research Methods in Family Studies and Human Services I (3 credits)

Recommended Courses:

  • FSHS 704 – Seminar in Family Studies and Human Services (credits vary)
  • ECED 710 – Child Care: Components and Issues (2-3 credits)
  • ECED 728 – Assessment of Young Children (3 credits)
  • ECED 730 – Early Childhood Program Administration (3 credits)
  • ECED 740 – Play Facilitation (3 credits)
  • FSHS 824 – Parent-Child Interaction: Theory and Research (3 credits)
  • ECED 883 – Practicum in Early Childhood Education (credits vary)
  • ECED 884 – Practicum in Parent Education (credits vary)
  • LSHD 892 – Practicum in Human Development Research (credits vary)
  • FSHS 899 – MS Research in Family Studies and Human Services (credits vary)
  • FSHS 902 – Qualitative Research Methods in FSHS (3 credits)


The candidate must select his/her major professor and one other member of his/her committee from the Early Childhood Education area. The committee will be responsible for the development of a course of study with the candidate and for approving a choice of practicum and the preparation of the written report.

The academic performance of the student in the Early Childhood Education specialization will be reviewed by the student's committee after he/she has completed at least twelve (12) hours of graduate study.

Students considering the thesis option should enroll in additional research and/or statistics courses in consultation with their major professor.

Students interested in this option with questions about program requirements or curriculum should contact Dr. Mary DeLuccie.

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Degree: Master of Science
College: Health and Human Sciences
Credits: 30
Course delivery: Online

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