Early Childhood Studies

The Early Childhood Studies programs are committed to critical multicultural perspectives, linguistic diversity, and multilingualism, as well as continued analysis of the circumstances within society in which young children and their families are expected to live and be educated. The programs use coursework, seminars, internships, independent study, and a grounding in diverse research methodologies to prepare students to become activists for/with young children.

The UNT Child Development Laboratory and the Velma E. Schmidt Critical Childhood Policy Studies Research Initiatives further extend opportunities for student involvement in research, classroom practices, childhood policy studies, and childhood advocacy.

Master of Science in Early Childhood Studies

The MS in Early Childhood Studies at the University of North Texas is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge for working in the field. The program provides critical theoretical and research-based perspectives on young children's lives and learning in diverse settings. The program is meant to develop Early Childhood Leaders who facilitate culturally rich curricula in classroom learning environments as well as advocate for all young children in ways that increase equitable opportunity and social justice in their lives overall and in the care and education environments that serve them.

>> Learn more about the MS in Early Childhood Studies

For questions on specific requirements for this program, potential students may also contact the program advisor, Program Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Reinke (Stephanie.Reinke@unt.edu).

Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Studies

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Studies.

>> See the Curriculum and Instruction degree programs for more information.