Master's in Early Childhood Education Online (MEd)

In just three semesters and for as little as $15,000 you can earn your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE). No GRE required. 100% online with opportunities for virtual, practical experiences with children and families. Part time options are available.

Part of the Texas Woman’s experience is keeping costs low and education quality high. As a result, TWU is the most affordable public university in the DFW Metroplex and is ranked fourth nationally and second in Texas in diversity. For more information on costs, visit the Bursar.

Small class sizes are also a priority in our ECE program. They allow you to interact closely with your classmates and professors so you can get a private school education at a public school price.


Learn about our programs in a Virtual Open House on the second Tuesday of each month at 4-5 p.m.

Virtual Open House

Early Childhood Education Program Features

A TWU Early Childhood Education student reads with a child.
  • 100% online program 
  • No GRE required
  • Degree completion in as little as one year (31 credit hours, including summer semesters)
  • High quality, affordable education and career preparation for ECE
  • Specialized coursework aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) advanced standards
  • Accomplished faculty mentors with real-world experience who are invested in your success
  • Experiential learning opportunities each summer teaching hands-on activities to children attending Pioneer Digital Days Summer Camp
  • Thesis and non-thesis (portfolio) options
  • Rolling admissions with no application deadline

Additional Options

In addition to the MEd in Early Childhood Education, the Literacy and Learning department also offers opportunities for graduate certificates in Curriculum Development and Leadership and Advocacy. 

Graduate Certificate in ECE Curriculum Development

Graduate Certificate in ECE Leadership and Advocacy

Career Opportunities with a Master's in Early Childhood Education

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (ECE) offers professional development for educators who wish to earn an advanced positionAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (ECE) supports advancement in multiple careers:

*Job outlook for 2016-26 rated as faster than average.

Admission Requirements for Master's in Early Childhood Education

ECE Degree Plan

Admission to the M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

Program Contact

Lin Moore, Ph.D., Program Chair

Application Deadlines

No deadline - Rolling admissions
100% online

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Collect and submit the following documents to
  • Vitae/Resume
  • Letter of intent - 500 word essay/goals statement that meets the following expectations:
    • APA 7th Edition standards.
    • reflects your academic writing skills
    • has a professional tone.
    • includes the date, your name and return address
    • The first paragraph should identify:
      • who you are
      • the degree program you are seeking
      • the degree(s) you have already earned including where you earned the degree(s)
    • The body of the letter should identify:
      • your professional goals
      • why a degree from this program will help you reach your goals
      • topics in early childhood education of interest to you
      • a faculty member you would like to work with 
      • an explanation of why you would like to work with the chosen faculty
      • strengths and skills that will help you to be successful in the program
      • your plan for how you will use the degree after graduating

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants

Program Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis (portfolio) options

Texas Woman's offers two tracks to obtain an MEd in Early Childhood Education, giving you the flexibility to complete your ECE degree from home or while working.

Thesis Option

The thesis option requires less credit hours with the completion of a graduate research project. This option is more traditional and requires an oral defense of your research. If you are a current classroom teacher of young children, you can complete an action research project in your own classroom.

Portfolio Option

The portfolio option allows you to complete an action research project in your own classroom and an electronic portfolio showcasing work throughout your program. Assignments and research will connect what you have learned to the advanced standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Contact Information

Lin Moore, PhD
MCL 908-F  

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