Designed for students seeking education in early childhood leadership and an advanced teaching license. It is expected that all students admitted to this emphasis have general teaching competencies and hold an initial B-K teaching license or an initial teaching license in another field of education.

Online Advanced Training In

  • Personnel development and support
  • Communication
  • Public engagement
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum
  • Early childhood systems and policy
  • Research & evaluation in early childhood, leadership and mentoring

Instruction is delivered within the context of family-centered practices that support early childhood professionals to effectively work with diverse children and families in inclusive settings.

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 for this emphasis.
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

For more information:

The BKISED M.Ed. program is co-administered with the Department of Specialized Education Services.


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.

To begin the application process for the BKISED program, visit the Graduate School’s application.

Those with initial teaching licenses in other fields of education must satisfy prerequisite requirements and complete eight (8) weeks of student teaching (which adds 4 credit hours to the program). 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 MEd degree unless they are BK:ILP courses (see the Graduate Catalog).  Prerequisite requirements must be satisfied within the first 12 semester credit hours in the program. The BK Graduate Program Committee approves any transfer credit.

Students are eligible for the advanced license in BK upon successful completion of the initial licensure program. Students will not have the opportunity to obtain the initial BK license through the M.Ed. program, so those wishing to obtain the initial BK license in as few as 3 semesters should apply to the Post-Baccalaureate BK Initial Licensure Program (BK:ILP). Upon completion of BK:ILP, students can apply to the BK:ISED program to finish the M.Ed. and obtain advanced licensure.


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.

Completion of the UNCG Birth through Kindergarten on-line program meets higher education requirements for teaching licensure in North Carolina. If you are considering a Birth Through Kindergarten online graduate program that leads to a professional license but plan to teach in a state other than North Carolina, it is highly recommended you contact Dr. Catherine Scott-Little ([email protected]), BK Graduate Program Co-Director, to review the content of the program, and review the requirements of the appropriate licensing agency where you plan to teach (to learn about that state’s licensing requirements) before enrolling in the program.


The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the BKISED Leadership and Advanced Teaching License (PDF) program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice.  You should contact one of our Co-Directors: Catherine Scott-Little ([email protected]) or Heather Coleman ([email protected]) with any questions regarding this data.