School of Health and Human Sciences

Online Master of Education Program


This Master of Education (MEd) program prepares students to assume leadership roles in diverse settings (both education and community-based) that develop and implement programming for young children with and without disabilities, ages birth to five, and their families. The degree consists of a minimum of 37 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the Bachelor’s degree.

This degree is a fully online synchronous program with classes meeting online using web cameras and microphones. Class meetings are from 5:00 to 6:50pm. Experienced and committed faculty members from the Departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Specialized Education Services teach, advise, and mentor students through this innovative course of study.

UNCG’s BKISED Masters Program Ranked #2 in the Country!
Nationally ranked a Best Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education by the Best Schools, the Best Colleges, the Grad School Hub, and College Choice.
Ranked the Most Affordable Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education in the nation by Best Education Degrees and also ranked by Best Colleges.

What does UNCG’s MEd Program Offer?

  • We have a proven track record! We have years of experience delivering an online MEd program.
  • Most of our online courses are delivered in a synchronous virtual classroom format. Classes meet once a week using webcams and headsets to discuss the course content.
  • Our MEd is interdisciplinary. Faculty from both the Department of Specialized Education Services and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies teach the courses.
  • Our program has a developmental, early childhood focus.
  • Our faculty are leaders in their fields—policy, practical experience, international experience, inclusion of ALL children, including children with disabilities
  • Our graduates are prepared to be leaders in a variety of professions.
  • In this MEd there are two concentrations — one on Early Childhood Leadership & Program Administration and another on Early Childhood Leadership & Advanced Teaching Licensure.

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 for admission. Applicants to the advanced licensure emphasis must have an initial teaching license.

Application Deadline: Applications completed before January 15, 2023 will receive highest priority. All materials must be received by February 1, 2023 in order to be considered for Summer or Fall 2023 admission. Applications received after that date will not be reviewed. To start your application, click here. Applicants may choose to start in the Summer or Fall semester.

Find Out Which Concentration is Right For You

  • The Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration concentration equips teachers, directors/administrators, technical assistance providers, and other professionals working closely with early childhood educators to be leaders in the field.
  • The Early Childhood Leadership and Advanced Teaching Licensure emphasis is designed for students seeking education in early childhood leadership and an advanced teaching license. It is expected that all admitted students for this concentration have general teaching competencies and hold an initial B-K teaching license or an initial teaching license in another field of education.

The BKISED MEd program is co-administered with the Department of Specialized Education Services. See here for further information on the program.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a participating institution in both the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and North Carolina’s portal agency, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements North Carolina (SARA NC). Participation in SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders.

See here for further information about states in which UNCG is authorized to offer on-line education.

Completion of the UNCG Birth through Kindergarten on-line program meets higher education requirements for teaching licensure in North Carolina. If you are considering a Birth Through Kindergarten online graduate program that leads to a professional license but plan to teach in a state other than North Carolina, it is highly recommended you contact Dr. Catherine Scott-Little (, BK Graduate Program Co-Director, to review the content of the program, and review the requirements of the appropriate licensing agency where you plan to teach (to learn about that state’s licensing requirements) before enrolling in the program.

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the BKISED Leadership and Advanced Teaching License (PDF) program. You should note whether the program either “meets”, “does not meet”, or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. You should contact one of our Co-Directors: Catherine Scott-Little ( or Salih Rakap ( with any questions regarding this data.