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Graduate Bulletin

CITE/Early Childhood Education, M.S.Ed.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: April 1

Spring: October 1


Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from former and current professors who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities and talents and can comment on the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study.  If already working in the field, the applicant may include letters from professional colleagues.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

Typically, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree and initial teacher certification in Early Childhood Education.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and should indicate your goals and objectives for obtaining a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  The statement should also include the following elements:  your specific interest in Temple’s program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required.  It is expected that the scores will generally be at or above the 50th percentile. 

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate:  30

Required Courses:

Core Courses (15 s.h.)

ED 5254 (554): Characteristics of Computer Based Instruction

ED 8251 (650): Teacher Development: The Reflective Teacher

ED 8252 (652): Cultural Diversity and Learning Styles

ED 8289 (653): Capstone Seminar in Current Issues

ED PSY 5529 (529): Tests and Measurement

Specialization Courses (6 s.h.)

Electives (9 s.h.) are determined in consultation with a faculty advisor.

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Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education (CITE)
361 Ritter Hall (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19122


Department Contacts:


Gwen Miller



Program Coordinator:

Dr. Cathleen Soundy




Dr. Thomas J. Walker



About the Program

The M.S.Ed. with a concentration in Early Childhood Education is viewed as a master teacher program providing opportunities for advanced study in the five core standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These include promoting child development and learning; building family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessments to support children and families; teaching and learning; and growing as a professional.  Candidates for the M.S.Ed. with a concentration in Early Childhood Education are expected to hold an initial license in Early Childhood Education or a closely related field.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Some elective courses are offered at the Ambler, Harrisburg, and Center City campuses.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester) through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

Department Information:

Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education (CITE)

361 Ritter Hall (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



This degree program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Areas of Specialization:
Job Placement:

Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the degree program.

Financing Opportunities

Although some limited funding opportunities are available, assistantships are generally offered to doctoral-level students.

Updated 6.15.07