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This 36-hour option prepares advanced program candidates for roles as content-area specialists or curriculum coordinators. Selection of graduate courses will vary according to candidate's area of interest. Graduate courses offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, such as Mathematics, History, Biology, and English, can be included. Upon completion of the degree, you will have gained knowledge and skills that can be applied in areas of curriculum and instruction, such as possibly teaching at the junior college level. Also, if your are interested in Teacher Education, a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification plan can be combined with your Master's degree plan, thereby allowing you not only to earn a master's degree but also certifying you to teach in a PK-12  school. One-third of the courses in this program option are online.

For more information, please contact Dr. Rachel Juarez-Torres at


Professional Education, Early Childhood Concentration

This is a 36-hours program prepares advanced program candidates for roles as preschool and kindergarten teachers, early childhood specialists, curriculum coordinators, and leaders in a variety of early childhood professions. This degree is designed to prepare accomplished early childhood teachers. The complexities of the early childhood field require the leadership of professionals who have an in-depth understanding of learning theory, child development within a cultural context, and evidence-based practice. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills they need to deliver quality education to young children and to enhance children's development in all domains.

For more information, please contact Dr. Roy Hurst at