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Oklahoma State University

Early Childhood Education – Dual B.S. & Master of Science

This program is offered on the Stillwater campus only.


The M.S. specialization in Early Childhood Education emphasizes child development as the foundation for the study and practice of professional education for children birth through age eight. To help students gain a strong understanding of how theory and research inform classroom and professional practice students take courses in theoretical foundations, learning environments, observation, and assessment. Students also complete a field experience in early childhood education as part of the degree program.

This program is designed for undergraduate students seeking both the B.S. and M.S. specializing in Early Childhood Education prior to entering the profession of early childhood education. The program is designed to be completed in 5 years, including two summers.

Admission to the Dual B.S./M.S. option in Early Childhood Education requires that students apply to the M.S. program during the third year of undergraduate study. Students concurrently take graduate and undergraduate courses during the fourth year and complete the Dual B.S./M.S. program in approximately 5 years.

Career and Educational Opportunities

The Dual B.S./M.S. specialization in Early Childhood Education prepares graduates for careers including:

  • Child, Family, and Educational Advocate
  • Early Childhood Consultant
  • Staff Training and Development
  • Administration and Evaluation
  • State Agencies
  • Early Childhood Teacher Educator
  • Early Childhood Classroom Teacher

Degree Requirements

Students complete both the BS and MS degrees with 151 credit hours of credit (121 undergraduate and 30 graduate) in either the thesis or final report plans.

Undergraduate Courses (121 credit hours)

Graduate Courses (30 credit hours)

Thesis option: 30 hours total

Non-thesis (creative component) option: 32 hours total

HDFS ECE Core (21 hours):

HDFS 5173: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
HDFS 5213: Lifespan Development
HDFS 5513: Issues in Family Science
HDFS 5323  Issues in Early Childhood Education
HDFS 5333: Early Childhood Education History and Theory
HDFS 5343: Developmental Assessment and Intervention
HDFS 5363: Early Childhood Development and Education

Individual Research or Creative Project [requires MS Advisory Committee Approval] (9-11 hours):

For students in the thesis option (9 hours):

HDFS 5133: Research Methods and Design in HDFS


REMS 5953: Elementary Statistics

HDFS 5000 – Master’s Thesis (6 hours)

For students in the non-thesis option (11 hours):

  • Electives in HDFS or related areas (6 hours)
  • HDFS 5160 – Master’s Creative Component (5 hours)