The program prepares students to assume leadership roles in diverse settings (both education and community-based) that develop and implement programming for young children with and without disabilities, ages birth to five, and their families.

  • Choose from concentrations in Early Childhood Leadership and Advanced Teaching Licensure or Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration.
  • Experienced and committed faculty teach, advise, and mentor students in this innovative interdisciplinary program.
  • Students complete a leadership internship.
  • The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® North Carolina Scholarship Program provides scholarships for qualified students in this program.

The Student Experience

  • Fully online, delivered in a synchronous virtual classroom format, and can be completed in as little as two years.
  • Students complete a leadership internship.
  • Experienced and committed faculty from Specialized Education Services and Human Development and Family Studies teach, advise, and mentor students in this innovative interdisciplinary program.


Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible for careers such as:

  • Early childhood teacher/director,
  • Early interventionist
  • Inclusion specialist
  • Community college instructor
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Early childhood consultant
  • Family specialist/advocate
  • Development specialist
  • Supervisor/administrator
  • Home-based service provider

Apply to Program

Application Requirements

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Current Resume
  • Professional statement indicating your interest and rationale for pursuing this emphasis of the M.Ed.
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from an academic reference

No GRE test required.
An interview and writing sample will be required of applicants.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • An initial teaching licensure (If applying to Advanced Teaching Licensure Concentration)


Application Deadline: Applications completed before January 15, 2024 will receive highest priority. All materials must be received by February 1, 2024 in order to be considered for Summer or Fall 2024 admission. Applications received after that date will not be reviewed.

Additional academic work may need to be completed by students without foundational skills or content knowledge in early childhood. Prerequisite credits may not be applied toward the M.Ed. degree.  Prerequisite requirements must be satisfied within the first 12 semester credit hours in the program. The BK Graduate Program Committee approves any transfer credit.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a participating institution in both the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and North Carolina’s portal agency, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements North Carolina (SARA NC). Participation in SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders.

See here for further information about states in which UNCG is authorized to offer on-line education.

Child Care Education Program teacher interacts with her students

Class Type

  • Online
  • Synchronous

Plan of Study

Dr. Catherine Scott-little

Catherine Scott-Little
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Birth-Kindergarten Graduate Co-Director


Heather Coleman
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Birth-Kindergarten Graduate Co-Director