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

Peggy Lisenbee, Ph.D., Program Chair
MCL 908-I

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 attached as separate PDF files in ONE email to with this information in the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. 
    • Vita/Resume
    • Letter of intent - 500 word essay/goals statement that meets the following expectations:
      • The page layout should meet APA 7th Edition standards.
      • It should reflect your academic writing skills and have a professional tone.
      • It should include the date, 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 program at Texas Woman’s University will help you reach your goals.
        • Topics in early childhood education that you are particularly interested in and/or passionate about.
        • At least one or more faculty member(s) 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.

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.

Scholarships Opportunities

University Scholarship Information

Texas Woman’s determines your eligibility for academic scholarships automatically after applying and submitting your transcripts. 

Contact Information

Lin Moore, PhD
MCL 908-F  

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