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This 36-credit program prepares early childhood professionals to be specialists in the field. This program meets the specific needs of teachers who work with children from birth through age 8 and want to become specialists in the field.

You will further develop your competencies in organizing programs for young children and their families through in-depth study and research related to child growth and development, theoretical underpinnings of classroom practice, development of learning strategies, and sociological and psychological factors influencing behavior in young students. 

All courses for this degree are offered online, with regular virtual class meetings.

During your first semester, you will complete your degree plan and return it to your program advisor. The course content includes child development, curriculum, instructional strategies, assessment, leadership and research. Courses are taught in half-semester formats in the fall and spring semesters, and students may determine the pace at which they progress. It generally takes two years to complete the program.

Early Childhood Education Graduate Program Handbook

Program Administrative Support:

Phone: 936.468.2904


Department of Education Studies
Faculty Directory

Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center
Room 209

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13017, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962