University of North Texas

College of Education

Early Childhood Studies


PO Box 311307

3940 N. Elm, Suite G150

Denton, TX 76207

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

At the University of North Texas, the Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Studies prepares you for diverse roles in teaching, research, administration and the provision of services to young children and their families/communities.

You receive advanced knowledge for working in education, including theoretical and research-based perspectives on young children's lives and learning in diverse settings.

Your classroom learning is enriched through seminars, internships, independent study and research. The UNT Child Development Laboratory, faculty collaboration with bilingual and diversity programs, and the Velma E. Schmidt Research Initiatives in Early Childhood Studies broaden prospects for related training and research.

Our program's quality is enhanced by faculty members' affiliations with professional organizations and their participation on organizational, editorial and other boards. Faculty members have written, co-written and edited numerous books, book chapters and articles in refereed journals. They've also presented several hundred refereed papers at national, regional and state professional meetings and conferences.

Outstanding accolades and student support

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School offers several professional development workshops, including a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Centers and clinics

The Child Development Laboratory is an accredited preschool program for children ages 3 to 5. It also serves as a model, an observation site and a training center for undergraduate and graduate students in fields related to young children's development and learning. Graduate students and faculty members from across the university also conduct research on early childhood education issues.

The Velma E. Schmidt Research Initiatives are designed to advance early education research with a focus on culturally and linguistically diverse children and their families. The goal is to increase understanding about these children's development and their early care and education experiences to inform the development of responsive policies and effective practices.

These research initiatives utilize an interdisciplinary perspective promoting collaborations across various departments and colleges. Some of the activities include:

  • Conducting research to improve the quality of early education practices with a focus on bilingual and culturally diverse children
  • Examining professional development approaches for teachers of diverse children
  • Evaluating early childhood programs and schools serving young bilingual and culturally diverse children and their families
  • Establishing national and international research consortia to address issues of bilingualism and cultural diversity in early education

These research initiatives involve graduate students in a range of scholarly activities. Contact Dr. Dina C. Castro, the Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair, for further information.


The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (1140 19th Street, Suite 400; Washington, D.C. 20036; telephone 202-223-0077). This accreditation means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education. The college is also one of the state's top producers of teachers, administrators, counselors and other school professionals.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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