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
  • Work in the early childhood intervention field
  • Inform policy regarding best practices for working with children and
  • Teach at the college and university level
  • Conduct research
Get connected to an Early Childhood Education faculty member!

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

M.S. in Child Development

M.S. in Child Life

M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

Ph.D. in Early Child Development and Education

How to apply

You must be accepted by the university before you can apply to our programs.

All applicants must first meet both the General and Graduate Program
Admission Requirements set by the Graduate School

The M.S. in Child Development, M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in ECDE have rolling admission — there is no deadline to apply. The M.S. in Child Life degree has the following admission deadlines: Oct. 1 for spring admission, March 1 for fall admission. See the academic calendar for university semester start dates.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Please note that all master's-level programs have the same admission requirements.

M.S (Child Development)

M.S. (Child Life)

M.Ed (Early Childhood Education)

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of reference/recommendation
  • Letter of intent (500 word essay/goals statement)*
  • Academic writing requirement*
  • Vitae/Resume*


  • 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
  • Letter of intent, including program goals and research interests*
  • 3 Letters of recommendation*
  • Vitae/Resume*


Once you have applied to the Graduate School, please email items* above to famsci@twu.edu.

Current Student Information

Resources for Current Students

For more information

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

Sharla Snider, PhD
Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator


M.S. in Child Life:

Elizabeth McCarroll, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Child Life


Page last updated 2:57 PM, April 8, 2019