Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Early Childhood Education, M.A. (Research Concentration)

General Program Information

Amy Malkus, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, Master’s Program
516 Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70548
(410) 463-0841
e-mail: malkus@etsu.edu

Pamela Evanshen, Early Childhood Education Chair, Coordinator, Doctoral Program
209 Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70548
(423) 439-7695
email: evanshep@etsu.edu

Faculty: Julia Atiles; Jane Broderick; Pamela Evanshen; Ruth Facun-Granadozo; Alissa Lange; Amy Malkus; Kathryn Sharp.

The Department of Early Childhood Education offers three Master of Arts degrees in early childhood education. These graduate programs provide specialized education preparation for those interested in young children’s development from birth to eight years of age and their families. They focus on promoting the optimal developmental environment for young children, birth to eight years of age. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Initial Licensure leads to licensure in PreK-3 in Tennessee. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education - Early Care and Education or Research programs train for leadership roles in early childhood education, teaching in quality programs for young children, administering programs, working with families, community services, research, and instruction at the community college level.

Admission Requirements

Each applicant to the graduate program in early childhood education must complete the following:

  1. Complete all the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.
  2. Present a minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average or complete a probationary period in which the student achieves a grade point average of 3.0 and no grade lower than a B in the first 9 credits of graduate credit.
  3. Be reviewed by the Early Childhood Admission committee. Those who do not have an undergraduate degree in early childhood education or a related field of study may be required to take selected undergraduate courses that will strengthen the applicant’s background in early childhood education.


Graduate students seeking PreK-3 licensure must be admitted to the Teacher Education program. They must file a Declaration of Intent with the college’s Office of Student Services and complete all other requirements for admission to teacher education including submission of a criminal background check.

Admission Standards:

Applicants who meet the following criteria may be admitted unconditionally. Those who do not meet the criteria may be admitted conditionally with provisions as stipulated by the program faculty and approved by the Associate Dean of Educator Preparation.

The Early Childhood Core

The core courses are required of all candidates for the M.A. degree in early childhood education. These courses are designed to provide a foundation of knowledge concerning the young child birth - eight years of age. The core includes the study of typically developing children (birth - eight), their unique learning abilities, history and philosophy of early childhood education, parental influence, designing environments, and research methods.

Concentrations and Electives

The concentration and electives are chosen with the approval of the student’s advisor and provide for the individualization of the student’s program. These specialized courses can follow the student’s individual needs and interests in a variety of areas including: working with infants and toddlers, working with parents, directing programs, designing effective curriculum for young children, teaching kindergarten and primary grades/licensure in PreK-3, and other areas that relate to young children.

Articulation Agreement

A student who applies and is accepted into the master’s program in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Master Teacher or Research concentration, may apply up to eighteen credit hours from the Early Childhood Education Emergent Inquiry Certificate Program.

Individuals who have graduated with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from ETSU and have successfully completed ECED 5336 - Advanced Creative Development  with a grade of B or above, will have a program of study of 15 graduate credit hours for the Early Childhood Education Emergent Inquiry Certificate

Early Childhood Education, M.A. Degree Requirements: 33 credits

Core Requirements 15 credits
Concentration 12 credit
Advisor Approved Electives 3 credits
Thesis 3 credits
TOTAL 33 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 3 credits

Choose three (3) credits of electives as approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Culminating Experience (Thesis): 3 credits