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Masters in Early Childhood Studies

Program Description

Early Childhood Studies graduate programs are designed for experienced professionals who seek advanced knowledge and skills in the field of early childhood studies (ECS). ECS focuses on children from birth to age eight. Such professionals may be employed as early childhood special educators, or they may work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and their families in community or agency settings.

The Master of Arts in ECS and Master of Education in ECS are similar in course work requirements, but differ in the culminating activity. The Master of Arts culminates in a thesis, and is designed for candidates interested in scholarly research. The Master of Education culminates in either a portfolio or a project, and is designed for practitioners.

How to Apply

To apply to the M.A. or M.Ed. program in Early Childhood Studies, please complete the following:

  1. Fill out the Graduate College application form available
  2. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive., MS-1110, Boise, ID 83725
  3. International students whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International Language Testing System test (IELTS) with a minimum TOEFL score of 587 (paper-based test) or 95 (Internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 6.5.  Have scores sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  4. A one to two page essay describing (a) why the candidate has decided to pursue an advanced degree in early childhood special education (ECSE) and (b) her/his long-range career goals.

Note: Completion of the required courses in an Early Childhood Studies graduate program does not qualify the candidate for initial certification to teach in early childhood settings in public schools. The candidate should seek the help of an advisor to plan course work that satisfies certification requirements.

Other Options for Post-Baccalaureate Students

Students pursuing a graduate degree in early childhood education may also choose to pursue an Idaho teaching certificate in early childhood/early childhood special education blended. A checklist outlining the requirements for that certification can be found under the ‘Early Childhood Undergraduate and Certification Programs’ link. Interested students should contact the Department Chair for additional information and to discuss individual requirements.

Graduate Assistants

Each year one graduate assistant is assigned to the Early Childhood Studies program. If you’re interested you can apply through the Graduate College.

  • Due: March 31
  • Stipend is $8,952.00. 

For more information and advising please contact:

Dr. Keith Allred
Education Building, Room 203