Our children deserve the best in Texas education. As an Early Childhood Educator, you can lead the next generation to a brighter future. Our graduate program takes a closer look at the physiological and psychological development of children from birth through fourth grade. While here, you'll learn how to apply curriculum theory to the kindergarten classroom and beyond. We understand that earning a degree while teaching is demanding. That's why we've created a flexible, online program that lets you enroll in courses over the summer. Take the next step in advancing your career through our Early Childhood Education program. We'll help you along the way.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Mesquite, Online
Duration 1.5 to 2 years
Foreign Language No foreign language credits required
Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours 36 hours
Thesis Requirements MA option only
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Focus Your Passion

We offer two tracks to cater to your early childhood education research interests and career goals. Both tracks emphasize early childhood curriculum design, classroom management, creative arts, math, science and social studies, literacy development diversity and bilingual/ESL education.

Discover which track works best for you.

Master of Education (MEd) Non-thesis

Are you currently certified to teach in Texas? Consider earning your Master of Education in Early Childhood Education! Designed for current educators, our non-thesis track offers a flexible way to enhance your education online.

Master of Science (MS) Non-Thesis

If you desire greater early childhood education coursework but aren’t certified to teach in Texas, the Master of Science track is for you! Admission into our MS track does not require a teaching certificate. You can also earn your teaching certificate through our post-baccalaureate alternative certification program.

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A Master’s DEGREE IN Early Childhood Education

What you will learn

A master’s degree in Early Childhood Education will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Learn how language develops in early childhood
  • Apply current practices of classroom management and positive reinforcement
  • Formulate programs to increase literary retention and mathematical development
  • Expand your professional career within the public and private school setting
  • Create a nurturing environment to boost self-esteem and intellectual creativity within the classroom
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Gain the recognition you deserve by earning your master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Many ISDs reward educators who pursue higher learning with salary increases and job openings. Our graduate program also opens opportunities to make a difference at the administrative level.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

Education Administration, Elementary and Secondary School
Elementary, Middle and High School Principals
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher
Instructional Coordinators
Postsecondary Teachers

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

Potential Employers

Local ISDs often seek after our graduates. Job placement and satisfaction is ranked highly in our education program. These are just a few examples of districts where our students found employment. Now's your chance to discover where you belong.

Featured Courses

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Course Delivery and Resources

Earn your Master of Education or Science in Early Childhood Education online or at the Mesquite Metroplex Center. Our flexible program meets the needs of current educators and working professionals. Our renowned faculty and education experts are committed to helping you reach your education goals.

Graduate Program Cost


Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,669 for Texas residents and $7,341 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs


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Early Childhood Education (MED/MS/MA) :: Program Admission Requirements


Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application at tamuc.edu/apply.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select one of the following as your “Major”
    • Early Childhood Education, MED for certified teachers
    • Early Childhood Education, MS for those seeking initial teacher certification as part of the master’s degree
    • Early Childhood Education, MA for those seeking initial teacher certification as part of the master’s degree
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

*Applicants for the MS/MA in Early Childhood Education must also apply for the Post Baccalaureate Teacher/Alternative Certification program.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Provisional Status

After you submit your application, you may be granted provisional status, which means you can enroll in one semester of courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid until you submit all of your documents and are accepted into the program.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.

All international transcripts must be evaluated and the evaluation submitted to the Graduate School.

We accepts evaluations sent directly from the following Agencies.

  • If a normal evaluation is submitted, official original transcripts with all marksheets will still need to be submitted.
  • If a WES ICAP or equivalent is submitted, we will not need the official transcripts to be submitted separately.

Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Statement of Goals

Submit a statement of educational and professional goals of 500 words or less on the following prompt:

  • Discuss your educational and professional goals and how you believe this graduate degree will help you achieve them.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores or Teaching Certificate

You do not need to submit test scores if you have a valid teaching certificate. Email a copy of your valid teaching certificate to [email protected]

If you do not have a teaching certificate, you may submit your scores for one of the following tests:

  • PPR, ExCet or TExES
  • MS and MA applicants can submit PACT or PRAXIS scores in place of GRE scores.

Submit official General Test GRE scores

  • Request that your GRE®scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

  • Apply for scholarships and graduate assistantships once you are admitted.
  • Apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and sending it to school code 003565.
  • Contact your financial aid advisor with any questions.

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist is here to help you complete registration.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Early Childhood Education (MED/MS/MA) :: Program Admission Requirements International

If you are applying to the Early Childhood Education (MED/MS/MA) program and are an H1B or H4 applicant, please contact the Graduate School for details at [email protected]. H4 applicants will be required to submit a passing TOEFL or IELTS in addition to the admission documents listed for domestic students.

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