Early Childhood Development & Education

Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Development & Education

If you’re passionate about working with young children and their families, our graduate programs in early childhood development and education can prepare you for a rewarding career. Potential roles include:

  • Work as a parent educator
  • Administer children’s programs in schools or in the community
  • Work in public and private agencies focused on children and families
  • Work as a family/child advocate
  • Become a Child Life Specialist and work with children in a healthcare
    setting
  • Work in the early childhood intervention field
  • Inform policy regarding best practices for working with children and
    families
  • Teach at the college and university level
  • Conduct research

Course Locations

Major courses in this program consist of face-to-face and online formats. Face-to-face courses are offered only on the TWU Denton campus.

The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is available up to 100% online with the option of taking traditional face-to-face courses. This program will prepare professionals to work directly and indirectly with children and families in formal and informal settings, such as agencies, schools and homes, as teachers, directors, advocates, and specialists. This program also provides professional development for teachers of young children.

The Master of Science in Child Development also is offered as an online program with some options for traditional face-to-face courses. This program prepares professionals to work directly and indirectly with children and families in formal and informal settings, such as hospitals, organizations, agencies, homes, directors, advocates, and specialists.

The Master of Science in Child Life is a fully online program. This program prepares child life specialists to provide services and support for children and their families in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices and other health-related settings. These specialists prepare children for medical procedures by using child-friendly, developmentally appropriate language.

Degree Programs & Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

M.S. in Child Development

Catalog information for the M.S. in Child Development

*Admission to the M.S. in Child Development

Program Contact

Brigitte Vittrup, PhD
940-898-2624
bvittrup@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

No deadline - Rolling admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to famsci@twu.edu with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-M.S. in Child Development. Please attach allitems as PDFs.
    • Vita/Resume
    • Letter of Recommendation
    • Letter of intent - 500 word essay/goals statement that meets the following expectations:
      • The page layout should meet APA standards.
      • It should reflect your academic writing skills and have a professional tone.
      • It should include the date it was written and your name and return address.
      • The first paragraph should identify:
        • Who you are.
        • What degree program you are seeking.
        • What degree(s) you have already earned and include where you earned the degree(s).
      • The body of the letter should identify:
        • Your professional goals.
        • Why you believe that a degree from the Early Childhood Education and Development program at Texas Woman’s University will help you reach your goals.
        • Topics in child development and early childhood education that you are particularly interested in and/or passionate about.
        • Any faculty members that you would like to work with and explain why you would like to work with them.
        • Your strengths and skills that will help you to be successful in the program.
        • How you plan to use the degree after graduating.

M.S. in Child Life

Catalog information for the M.S. in Child Life

Admission to the M.S. in Child Life

Summer/Fall - March 1Program Contact

Elizabeth McCarroll
940-898-2736
emccarroll@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Spring - October 1

Summer/Fall - March 1

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to famsci@twu.edu with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-M.S in Child Life. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Vita/Resume
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Letter of intent - 1000 word (max) essay/goals statement, written in APA format that reflects your academic writing skills that includes the following:
      • Introductory paragraph that identifies who you are, which degree program you are seeking, and which degree(s) you have already earned and from where.
      • The body of the essay should answer the following:
        1. In your own words, tell us what a child life specialist is, and what a child life specialist does
        2. How did you  first become interested in or aware of child life as a career option?
        3. What steps have you taken to increase your knowledge and awareness of the profession, or to make yourself a competitive candidate for clinical experiences?
        4. Briefly describe the ways in which the work of a child life specialist contributes to the health care experience of a child and his/her family.
        5. Provide a specific example of a time that you used play to meet the developmental needs of a child.
        6. It should reflect your academic writing skills and have a professional tone.
      • It should include the date it was written and your name and return address.

M.Ed. In Early Childhood Education

Ph.D. in Early Child Development and Education

Catalog information for the Ph.D. in Early Child Development and Education

Course Rotation

*Admission to the Ph.D. in Early Child Development & Education

Program Contact

Brigitte Vittrup, PhD
940-898-2624
bvittrup@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

No deadline - Rolling admissions

Admission Requirements

  • GPA of 3.5 on previous graduate work
  • Preferred minimum GRE scores: Verbal 147 (410) Quant. 144 (500) Analytical (4)
  • Relevant master’s degree or prerequisite equivalents for core area

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU.
  3. Three academic or professional references should submit letters of recommendation as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to famsci@twu.edu. Recommenders should include student name and "Ph.D. in Early Child Development & Education" in the subject line.
  4. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to famsci@twu.edu with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME) Ph.D. in Early Child Development & Education. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Vita/Resume
    • Letter of intent - 500 word essay/goals statement that meets the following expectations:
      • The page layout should meet APA standards.
      • It should reflect your academic writing skills and have a professional tone.
      • It should include the date it was written and your name and return address.
      • The first paragraph should identify:
        • Who you are.
        • What degree program you are seeking.
        • What degree(s) you have already earned and include where you earned the degree(s).
      • The body of the letter should identify:
        • Your professional goals.
        • Why you believe that a degree from the Early Childhood Education and Development program at Texas Woman’s University will help you reach your goals.
        • Topics in child development and early childhood education that you are particularly interested in an/or passionate about.
        • Any faculty members that you would like to work with and explain why you would like to work with them.
        • Your strengths and skills that will help you to be successful in the program.
        • How you plan to use the degree after graduating.

Current Student Information

Resources for Current Students

For more information

M.S. in Child Development; Ph.D. in
Early Childhood Development and Education:

Brigitte Vittrup, PhD
Professor
bvittrup@twu.edu

 

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education:

Sharla Snider, PhD
Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
ssnider@twu.edu

 

M.S. in Child Life:

Elizabeth McCarroll, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Child Life
emccarroll@twu.edu

 

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