Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Child and Family Studies: Early Education

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Child and Family Studies:  Early Education program is for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development, Elementary Education, Special Education, or a related field.

The M.Ed. in Child and Family Studies:  Early Education prepares professionals for leadership positions that serve young children with and without disabilities and their families.  It is conveniently designed for prospective students who wish to pursue an advanced degree on a part-time basis.  The graduate degree program is for professionals who teach or provide services or intervention in infant, toddler, preschool and kindergarten settings that include young children with and without disabilities; who administer family agency programs that have a child development and family relations focus; who work as consultants, parent educators, inclusion specialists, program coordinators, supervisors, and staff development trainers; who wish to pursue certification as a Child Life Specialist (through the Child Life Council); or who seek research and evaluation expertise in child and family studies and community leadership in child and family programs.  Graduates who possess an initial license in Birth-Kindergarten at the time of application and acceptance will qualify for the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Professional Educator’s License in Birth-Kindergarten (B-K) issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction upon completion of the program.

To see a program planning sheet, refer to the link on the left-hand side of this page.   For more information on the M.Ed. in Child and Family Studies: Early Education, contact Dr. Katherine Swart  (Child and Family Development M.Ed. Program Director) at 704-687-8841 or kjmccab1@uncc.edu.   

For application materials, please visit gradadmissions.uncc.edu.  

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. in Child and Family Studies:  Early Education

  1. A bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development, Elementary Education, Special Education, or a related field from an accredited institution
  2.  Official transcripts of all previous work beyond high school documenting an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  3. Evidence of satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  4. A personal statement outlining why the applicant seeks admission to the program and describing professional experiences with young children and their families
  5. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s personal or professional qualifications

 

Clinical Field Experiences
Most courses require students to apply the knowledge learned in classes to community-based settings.

Master’s Project/Thesis
The nature of the project/thesis is developed by the student in consultation with the major professor and presented to the Advisory Committee for approval.  The project is usually something that is practical and useful to the student in the professional role that will be assumed upon the completion of the degree.  The thesis takes a more research-oriented approach.

Elective Courses
The M.Ed. in Child and Family Studies:  Early Education includes 9 elective hours which are determined in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.

Advising
Upon admission, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who helps the student develop his or her program of study and must approve that program of study.  Each student must also assemble a graduate committee for consultation and evaluation.  Members of the committee include the student’s faculty advisor and at least two other faculty members who represent major areas of concentration in the student’s program.

Licensure
Successful completion leads to the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Professional Educator’s License in Birth-Kindergarten (B-K).

Committees
Students should consult with their academic program advisor in the selection of the committee.  The following guidelines are intended to assist the student and his or her academic program advisor in constituting the master’s committee.

  1. Chair - selected for content knowledge of the subject area that is selected 
    for the culminating experience.  This person should be from the major 
    department.  In addition, the chair must hold a graduate faculty 
    appointment in the department.
  2. Second and third members - selected for knowledge and expertise in the 
    subject area (can be external to the department).
  3. Technical advisor - an optional committee member selected for technical 
    support (e.g., specialized skills in program evaluation, technical writing, 
    assessment, curriculum design, graphics, ethnography, and survey research 
    methodology).  This person may be, but need not be, from the department.
  4. Additional members - may be added if the committee chair agrees.  These 
    members may be from  departments of the College other than the student’s 
    department, and may be from other colleges in the University.  Additional 
    members may also be from outside the University with the prior written 
    permission of the Dean of the Graduate School.  (This whole process should 
    start at the beginning of the semester prior to graduation.  However, the 
    student may begin anytime after completing 18 hours.)

Research Opportunities/Experiences
The Child and Family Development faculty provide students with the opportunity to become involved in a variety of research endeavors.  Each student will complete a research thesis.

Program Accreditation/Approval
All teacher education programs at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  The M.Ed. in Child and Family Studies:  Early Education has been approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.