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Teaching & Teacher Education (MA) - Early Childhood Education 
Program Description

The Master of Arts (MA) prepares graduate students to serve in early childhood education as  advocates, educators, policy makers, directors, administrators, and researchers to create engaging and safe learning environments for young children.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies -

College of Education  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Adriana Garibay Miramontez
Graduate Program Coordinator
Adriana Garibay Miramontez
Director of Graduate Studies
Marcy B Wood
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
Master's Applicant:
GPA 3.0
Writing sample
One year teaching experience
Three letters of recommendation
TOEFL (international only)
English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6). Individual departments may require a higher score and may have minimum score requirements by test module that must be met to qualify for admission.

Applicants may request, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official TOEFL score report directly to The University of Arizona. Contact TOEFL Services to request the mailing of your score report. The University of Arizona institution code is 4832.
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): TOEFL (international applicants only)
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

Tuition Scholarships

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: September 15
  • Summer: March 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 33 units
Core coursework:

Common Core across the MA in LRC: 15-18 units (45-55%)

TLS 570- Introduction to Educational Research
TLS 539- Recent Research on Teaching and Schooling
TLS 545- Curriculum Theory and Policy
6-9 units from TTE electives
Early Childhood Education subplan: 12-15 units (45-55%) in courses with an early childhood focus selected from:
TLS 551- Developing Programs for Young Children
TLS 596- Theories of Development in Early Childhood
TLS 595- Observation and Documentation as Tools for Assessing Children and Family Stories.
TLS 532- Early Literacy Curriculum & Instruction
TLS 582- Art of the Picture Book
LRC 584- Literature and Literacy for the Young Child
TLS 652- Language Acquisition and Development
TLS 653- Written Language Development
TLS 595- Early Childhood Perspectives on Language Socialization across Cultures
Others with approval from advisor

Other requirements:

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 31 Aug 2018