HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES

School of Health and Human Sciences

What are the program 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. An interview with faculty and writing sample are also required. Applicants to the Advanced Teaching Licensure concentration must have an initial teaching license.

What if my undergraduate GPA is below 3.0?
If your GPA is below 3.0, then you have the option of taking a graduate level course as a visiting student and then applying for the program. Students are not guaranteed admission to the program (a full application review will still be required) but they will be considered as eligible applicants if they earn a B or better in the course they take as a visiting student. Apply here. Other coursework completed since your undergraduate degree can also be considered toward the GPA requirement.

Can I work while completing the BK:ISED Program?
Yes, many students work while completing the program. Synchronous class meetings are in the evenings from 5:00-6:50pm. Students in the Advanced Teaching Licensure concentration who take HDF/SES 607 and/or HDF/SES 606 are required to participate in 3-hours-per-week field experiences in high-quality inclusive settings. Students in the Advanced Teaching Licensure concentration with a license in an area other than BK are also required to complete 8 weeks of full-time student teaching in high-quality inclusive settings. The program provides as much flexibility as possible for working students to meet these requirements. In some instances, students may need to leave their work settings to complete a field experience or student teaching in an approved setting. The Leadership and Program Administration concentration does not require any classroom-based practicum experiences.

How long does it take to complete the BK:ISED Program?
The program can be completed in as few as two years, depending on the concentration and number of courses taken each semester. A limited number of courses are offered during summer sessions. Students applying from fields other than early childhood education may be required to take two pre-requisite courses before or during the program.

How do I apply for the BK:ISED Program?
Complete the online application at https://grs.uncg.edu/apply-now/. Applications must include academic transcripts, a current resume, a professional statement describing interest and rationale for the concentration to which they are applying and career goals, and three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference. Applicants are also required to complete a writing sample and a phone interview with faculty.

What is the application deadline?
Applications completed before January 15, 2022 will be given highest priority. All application materials must be complete by February 1, 2022 in order to be considered for Fall 2022 admission. Applications completed after that date will not be reviewed.

When can I start the BKISED Program?

Applicants can choose to apply for either Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 admission. Choosing to apply for Summer 2022 means that you can complete the program in time for a May graduation. Summer classes begin in mid-May and run through late June. Applicants who apply for Summer admission should be prepared to dedicate substantial time to their graduate studies because the summer course covers a full semester of content within 5 weeks. Applicants who choose a Fall 2022 admission would begin taking courses in mid-August and may need to complete the summer course after the May graduation at the end of their program.

When will I hear the results from my application?

Applications are reviewed during the spring semester. Typically, applicants are contacted late in the spring semester with an update on the status of their application.

How can I get further information about the program?
For further information about any BK program contact Dr. Catherine Scott-Little, HDFS BK Graduate Co-Director, at mscottl@uncg.edu or Dr. Salih Rakap, SES BK Graduate Co-Director, at s_rakap@uncg.edu.

HDFS Course Descriptions in the Graduate Bulletin

BK Graduate Programs Handbook (PDF)

B-KISED Program Brochure (PDF)

BKISED Plan of Study.Sample (Doc)

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