Master of Education for Experienced Teachers, M.Ed.

Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support (B-K)

The ECIFS specialty prepares the experienced early childhood professional with leadership skills in family centered inclusive programs for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. The program focuses on young children who are at risk due to poverty, linguistic or cultural differences, and developmental delays.

The program offers a specialization for social inclusion facilitators in coordination with the Frank Porter Graham Research Institute. Click here for more information.

Teachers who successfully complete the program requirements earn both an M.Ed. and licensure in Birth-Kindergarten.  The ECIFS cohort area offers two options:

  • Option One is designed for currently licensed teachers. 
  • Option Two is designed for individuals without a prior teaching license who hold a Bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood education, or a closely related field and two to three years of successful lead teaching experience in an early childhood setting. Students pursuing this option who have not enrolled in a comparable child development and exceptional children course within the past five years will be required to complete additional coursework.
Birth-Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Add-on Licensure Option

The ECIFS specialty track also offers an add-on licensure option for teachers who have an existing teaching license and would like to obtain licensure in birth through kindergarten or pre-kindergarten. The B-K option requires a total of 21-24 credit hours and is designed for early childhood professionals who want to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten aged children. Whereas, the PreK option is designed for professionals who want to teach PreK or Kindergarten, and requires a total of 15-17 credit hours. More information about the add-on licensure options can be found here.