Stephen F. Austin State University

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

Why SFA?

SFA is a small university with a personal touch. In response to the Perkins College of Education's vision that SFA will be your college of choice, we are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. It is our goal to prepare you to be a competent, successful, caring, and enthusiastic professional. Our goals are achieved by working with each student in each course to ensure you receive the best education possible.

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Master of Education in Early Childhood - Online

The M.Ed. in early childhood education is a 36-credit program to prepare early childhood professionals to be specialists in the field. Classes are offered in half-term formats in the fall and spring semesters, and all courses are online.

For more information, contact Dr. Adam Akerson, ECH coordinator, at

Program Policies and Procedures

Online Program
The Advanced Early Childhood program is completely online. Instructors of record are certified by the Stephen F. Austin State University Office of Instructional Technology (OIT). All online courses are approved by OIT, and each course undergoes a strict review before being offered online.

Additionally, OIT provides answers to questions about general computer and internet issues, SFA email and mySFA at the Technical Support Center (TSC) Personal questions can be answered in person or by phone from 8:00 a.m. CT to 8:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday at 936.468.4357.

Graduate students are permitted to enroll in classes. Permits ensure students take the correct courses in the correct sequence, and they are obtained through the program advisor. When contacting your advisor, ALWAYS include your student/campus ID#.

If you have questions, access the graduate bulletin or contact Dr. Adam Akerson at

Degree Plan
During your first semester, you will complete the ECAP degree plan and return it to the program advisor. Your degree plan is like a contract with the university: we will offer the courses you need to take to earn your master's degree; you will work diligently to learn as much as possible so you can serve our nation's young children and their families.
Change in Major
Should you decide you want to change your major, simply contact your advisor, who will direct you through the next steps to changing your major.
Steps to Graduating

Graduating is as easy as 1-2-3: there is no comprehensive examination or thesis. Use the checklist to make sure you have completed the necessary steps to graduating:

  1. Have you been admitted to the Graduate School?
  2. Have you submitted all required credentials (official transcripts)?
  3. Did you file a 36-hour degree plan with the Perkins College of Education dean's office?
  4. Have you completed all coursework with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or better?
  5. Have you applied for graduation and paid all graduation fees by the deadline stated in the graduate bulletin?
  6. Have you removed all deficiencies?

Graduate candidates in the Department of Education Studies demonstrate responsibility for becoming familiar with and adhering to the regulations for admission, academic policies, application for graduation and general requirements for the master's degree.

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