Become a Leader in Early Childhood Education
The Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston-Clear Lake provides an opportunity to expand your reach as an educator, encourage your growth as a leader in the field, and empower you to become a lifelong learner. In this program, which focuses on children from birth to age eight, candidates will study ways in which to more actively engage a child during those critical first years to help develop their cognitive, socio-emotional, language, and motor skills. Candidates will learn how to put the youngest of learners on the path to success by preparing them with high quality and experienced early childhood teachers.
The degree is designed to give candidates the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the field of early childhood, combining theory, practice and research with an emphasis on coursework focused on young children birth through age 8. The degree includes a Practicum experience option in a community-based educational program focused on the candidate's career goals. The degree is offered with the following specialty tracks:
- Early Childhood Education
- Core Subjects EC6 Certification
- Early Childhood with Focus on Young Children with Disabilities
- Early Childhood Leadership Certificate
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Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
FallNew Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
Former UHCL Students - August 15
SpringNew Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
Former UHCL Students - January 15
SummerNew Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
Former UHCL Students - May 25
Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information go to How to Apply. Check the status of your application online through E-Services using your UHCL student ID.
The UHCL applications is available online through www.applytexas.org. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.
Applying After the Priority Deadline
New, non-degree seeking, and former UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.
Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.
- International Deadlines
Priority – March 1
Final – June 1
Priority – August 1
Final – November 1
Priority – February 1
Final – April 20
Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline
*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.
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