MEd in ECDE, Degree & Admission Details

Admission Requirements

*Admission to the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

Program Contact

Sharla Snider, PhD

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 with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. Please attach all items 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.

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

Approval for admission to the Graduate School is required of all graduate students.

Graduate School admission does not imply admission to candidacy for an advanced degree. Candidacy will be granted only after a period of successful graduate work and after compliance with the conditions and course of study established by the University and its departments, schools, and colleges have been met.

The total enrollment of graduate students is limited. All applications to the Graduate School are subject to whatever provisions may limit the enrollment of graduate students. Admission is granted for not more than one academic year. Students who do not attend the University for four or more terms, including the term of admission, must reapply. Graduate students who have been enrolled, may stop out for a maximum of two years including the last semester of enrollment. If another institution is attended during the two year timeframe, the student must reapply.

Graduate students are subject to the general rules and regulations of the University and are expected to maintain the high standard of social and academic life of the University as well as the professional standards of their chosen field of study. Thus, graduate students are subject to all rules and regulations set forth in the Student Handbook, the Graduate Catalog, and the policy statements of the Graduate School and the academic components. All graduate students of Texas Woman’s University are expected to know and adhere to high standards of personal conduct and of academic integrity and scholarship. Any falsification, misrepresentation, or misapplication of information or research; any violation of professional or ethical standards; or any violation of the rules and regulations of the University may result in dismissal.

Program Requirements

 Catalog information for the MEd in ECDE

Thesis Option

In this program, you will complete a total of 30 semester credit hours over six semesters broken down into:

  • Six hours of core courses
  • 12 hours of research courses
  • Nine hours of content specialized courses

Other requirements:

  • Completion of an original research project
    • If you are already a classroom teacher of young children, you have the option to complete an action research project
  • Thesis committee must have at least two members (out of three total) from early childhood education faculty
  • Maintain grades of B and above

Portfolio Option

In this program, you will complete a total of 31 semester credit hours over six semesters broken down into:

  • Six hours of core courses
  • Six hours of research courses
  • 12 hours of content specialized courses
  • Six hours of courses in related areas

Other requirements:

  • Develop an electronic portfolio showcasing the work you have completed throughout the program
  • Portfolio committee must have at least two members (out of three total) from early childhood education faculty
  • Maintain grades of B and above

Path to Graduation


  • FS 5283 - STEAM in Early Childhood Education (EC)
  • FS 5773 - School, Family & Cultural Diversity: Community Connections


  • FS 5263 - Observation & Assessment in EC
  • FS 5693 - Research Methods in Family Science


  • FS 5223 - Child Growth & Development in EC
  • FS 5593 - Play, Development & the Young Learner


  • FS 5413 - Leadership, Advocacy & Public Policy for Young Children (YC)
  • FS 5433 - Brain-Based Learning for the YC


  • FS 5193 - Statistics for Family Science
  • FS 5213 - Curriculum Development in EC


  • FS 5203 - Language & Literacy in EC
  • FS 5583 - Action Research in the EC Classroom
  • FS 5911 - Independent Study (Research Plan)

For more information

Sharla Snider, PhD
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