Master's Degree

Education (M.A.) Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Basic Degree Information/Description

The concentration in Early Childhood and Elementary Education focuses on the broad spectrum of development and learning in children from infancy through preadolescence. Emphasis is on translating related research and theory into curriculum development and instruction, with the intent of helping children realize the best development possible in a multicultural society. This concentration is designed primarily for experienced classroom teachers at the early childhood and elementary levels, but it is also suitable for personnel in human services and other allied fields.

Why pursue an M.A. in Education - Early Childhood and Elementary Education?

  • Focused areas of interest as well as customized programs are available.
  • Personalized attention with low students/teacher ratios.
  • Focus on research and application appropriate for further graduate study or professional growth.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option: 33 Semester Credit Hours

Non-Thesis Option: 36 Semester Credit Hours

For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission pre-requisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: If an applicant’s GPA is between 2.7 and 2.99, probationary admission may be granted and the student must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 hours of coursework.

Resume or CV: No

Letters of Recommendation: No

Statement of Purpose: No

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.


Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 1

International Applicants:

  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: March 1
  • Fall: April 1

Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Erin Doran
Telephone: (210) 458-7443

Degree Website:

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Career Options Available for a Graduate in the M.A in Education - Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program

  • Public School Teacher
  • Childcare Worker
  • Parent Program Coordinator
  • Center Director
  • Elementary Education Curriculum Specialist
  • ECE Community College Professors
  • ECE Curriculum Consultants

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • Courses are offered at night once a week for three hours (6 PM to 8:45 PM) Monday-Thursday in the fall or spring. Or, during the day two hours a day Monday through Friday in the four-week summer sessions. In addition, some courses are available at night meeting Monday through Friday for three weeks in the May-Mester.
  • This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus.

Research taking place in the M.A in Education - Early Childhood and Elementary Education program

  • Both qualitative and quantitative as well as mixed methods
  • School settings and community based contexts
  • Some included areas: teacher professional development, obesity prevention, dual language instruction, environmental education, interdisciplinary teaching, and differentiated instruction.