Online M.ED. in Curriculum & Instruction With a Concentration in Early Childhood Education

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  • 100% Early Childhood Education master's degree online program
  • Instructional specialist curriculum with a concentration in early childhood education subjects
  • Convenient and flexible for working teachers
  • 36-credit, non-thesis master's degree

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Education is committed to helping you reach your goals in the field of early childhood education with our Master's in Early Childhood Education degree program. We apply innovative learning techniques to curriculum based on established research to help prepare you for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The flexible, convenient online format is perfect for working teachers, especially new teachers who may have heavy demands on their time.

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Our Early Childhood Education master's degree online program will provide you with strategies to reach young learners in your classroom. With this degree you will learn how to:

  • Instill a love of learning in young children and make education relevant to them
  • Share the joys of reading with children and open up new ways of thinking
  • Teach children the basics of language and communication in all its forms
  • Work with bilingual learners to help them adapt to the traditional classroom

With this Master's in Early Childhood Education, graduates are in a great position to make a huge difference in the lives of young children. You will have a hand in giving them a solid educational foundation as well as teach them how to think conceptually and engage actively with their education for years to come.

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Early childhood educators are in high demand and the job opportunities are available in a variety of settings including in private and public schools, childcare centers and charitable organizations. However, graduates are not confined to traditional classroom settings. Rewarding work is available in a wide variety of fields that cater to young children. Some areas that early childhood educators choose to work in include:

  • Children's clothing
  • Parks
  • Children's entertainment
  • Playgrounds
  • Children's museums
  • Pediatrics
  • Social work
  • Retail management
  • Industry
  • Toy design

The UTEP Career Center provides graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.

Expert Faculty

Our faculty for the Early Childhood Education master's degree online program have all earned their Ph.D.s and have intensive knowledge of current teaching theory and practice as well as the latest research in the field of early education. Classes are a mixture of theory and practice. Our goal is to prepare students to succeed in schools and other settings that serve the young learner.


The University of Texas at El Paso has a 100-year history as a preferred educator for students in the U.S.-Mexico border communities. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online degrees such as the Master's in Early Childhood Education help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities.

  • UTEP is ranked #1 in "Social Mobility" according to Washington Monthly.
  • The U.S. Department of Education ranks UTEP as a great value with the lowest net tuition of all research universities in the country.
  • Issues in Higher Education ranks UTEP #2 among all U.S. colleges and universities in the total number of degrees awarded to Hispanics.
  • UTEP is recognized as a 2016 Military Friendly┬« School.
  • UTEP received the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) Champion of Access and Success Award for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled and other underserved student populations.
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ranks UTEP #3 in Texas among the 7 peer "Emerging Research Universities."
  • Washington Monthly also ranks UTEP #8 overall among "National Research Universities"-in excellent company between #6 Stanford and #10 Harvard.
  • UTEP teaching has been recognized as a "Model Institution for Excellence" (one of only six in the country) by the National Science Foundation.
  • UTEP is one of 11 universities nationwide to receive a $5 million "Teachers for a New Era" research grant from Carnegie Corporation.
  • UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


Early Childhood Education Courses

Current Topics in Early Childhood Education Develop the competencies necessary to deal effectively with early childhood instruction; includes curriculum, concepts, teaching strategies, and skills necessary to integrate content and teaching strategies. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
Trends In Early Childhood Education Research philosophies, objectives and practices in early childhood education, including analysis through comparison and contrast of preschool programs, plus implications for designing such programs based on research and evaluation.
Seminar on Early Childhood Curriculum Learn curriculum development which includes program design, activity planning, examination and construction of materials and teaching and evaluation techniques.
Development of Literacy Skills (Preschool to Grade 3) Study emergent reading and writing behaviors in preschoolers; examine growth of reading and writing, kindergarten to grade three; attention to linguistically different and second-language learners and review of relevant research.
Development of Math/Science Foundations (Preschool to Grade 3) Explore preschool awareness of quantitative and scientific principles in the environment as a foundation for concept growth.
Literacy/Biliteracy Development Identify principles, problems and issues of primary and second language acquisition, specifically the relationship between the development of these languages, to facilitate and promote literacy/biliteracy.
Scholarly Writing for Educators Writing scholarly papers using archival research, documented sources and electronic databases. Working closely with the instructor and a professor in their area of study, students produce publication quality papers. The courses covers issues of conceptualization, argumentation and evidence, and citation and referencing. It also deals with style, audience, organization and mechanics, and relies heavily on peer editing and review.
Survey Issues in Bilingual and Second Language Education Focus on the discourse of diverse paradigms in Bilingual/ESL Education, including discussion of current pedagogical, theoretical, historical, legislative and other issues in the field. Identify program models in Bilingual/ESL Education, including their philosophical foundations, instructional frameworks, and the planning and design of program evaluation.
Learning Contexts and Curriculum Examine the theoretical frameworks and broad definitions of curricula, processes of curriculum alignment, pedagogy and assessment, State standards, curricular resources, curriculum integration, learning theory and lesson planning.
Diversity in Educational Settings Explore the social context of education and teaching in a pluralistic society. Examine schools and society in relation to historical and contemporary issues of diversity.
Research for the Classroom Teacher Research methodology to address the problems and needs of classroom teachers with an emphasis on interpreting professional literature and practitioner research in educational settings. Prerequisite: TED 5304 with a grade of "B" or better.
Sheltered English Instruction Explore academic language socialization with Bilingual/ESL students with a focus on academic and cognitive development through the teaching of subject matter via a second language. Examine theory and instructional approaches that can enhance learning for non-native speakers of English.