Master of Education in Birth through Kindergarten Education

Birth through Kindergarten Education is designed for licensed teachers who wish to earn a master’s license, further their professional development, and pursue National Board Certification.

The graduate program offers both small, informal classes or fully online instruction.

The program is designed to be completed in 18 months, with a full summer schedule of
classes. Students can also transfer for up to 9 grad credits.

Admission Requirements

· Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution

· Official transcript from any institutions from which the applicant seeks to transfer credits

· Grade-point average of 3.0 or higher at the undergraduate level

· A valid and active NC initial license in the appropriate teaching area

· Submission of an essay

· Two letters of recommendation

· 3.0 GPA with no more than one C; no grade of F

· Presentation of Research

Professional Studies:

EDU 6110 Introduction to Educational Research (3)

EDU 6310 School, Community, and Family Collaboration (3)

EDU 6580 Current Issues in Education (3)

SPE 6900 Teacher as Researcher: Research Implementation in Special Education (3)

Specialty Studies:

BKE 5730 Advanced Studies in Curriculum Theory for Early Childhood Settings (3)

BKE 6320 Analysis and Design of Early Childhood Environments (3)

BKE 6350 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education (3)

BKE 5280 Exceptionality, Diversity and Difference (3)


Choose two elective graduate courses (5000- or 6000-level) in areas outside of the major to complete degree requirements.

The Birth-Kindergarten Program courses and instructional experiences are designed with guidance from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and the Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC/CEC). The standards of these national specialty professional associations have shaped a program that emphasizes teacher development in the areas of assessment, leadership, diversity and reflective best practices.

To Apply

To begin the application process, please download and fill out the required recommendation form.

Faculty Contact:

Susan Connelly, Ph.D.
Professor of Education and Birth through Kindergarten Education Program Coordinator
237 Proctor Hall East
336-272-7102 ext. 5414

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“I loved the GC Honors program and Greensboro College. I felt safe and a sense of genuine belonging at the college. I worked closely with my thesis advisor and professors who helped inspire me to define my path and passion of interest. That path has led me to my doctoral studies in Engineering Mechanics.”

- Joshua Fitzgerald, Class of ’19, Mathematics Major

Joshua currently studies astrodynamics at Virginia Tech University and is an Engineering Mechanics Ph.D. Candidate.