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Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application deadline?
Applications need to be completed on My GradSpace by November 1 (Spring), April 1 (Summer), or June 1 (Fall). Applications are reviewed by a committee within 30 days of receiving the completed application from the graduate school. Do keep in mind that it takes some time for your transcripts and letters of recommendation to be received and processed by the Graduate School.
How many transcripts do I need?
You need a transcript from any college or university you attended.
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How many letters of recommendations do I need?
Three letters of recommendation are required. It is recommended that the letters be from specific individuals as stated in the application information.
Is this program for working with preschool or school-aged children?
This masters program is for students working with children from birth to grade 3.
Will this degree lead to licensure?
This degree is non-licensing. If licensing is needed, you should check with your state’s teacher licensing board to see what courses you need to be licensed.
Can I teach in a public school with this degree?
You will need to check with your state’s teacher licensing board as the master's degree is non-licensing.
How long will the degree take to complete?
The program is flexible for your schedule. You can plan to complete the program in about 24 months if you take approximately 2 courses per semester. However, you can design your program of study to meet your needs. You can take only one class per semester if this best fits your professional schedule.
Is there a practicum connected with this degree?
Yes, the practicum can be completed in your own classroom (pre-school, Kindergarten or grades 1-3) if it meets UND’s NCATE accreditation requirements. Standard 4- Diversity states: Field experiences or clinical practice for both conventional and distance learning programs provide experiences with male and female P–12 students from different socioeconomic groups and at least two ethnic/racial groups. Candidates also work with English language learners and students with disabilities during some of their field experiences and/or clinical practice to develop and practice their knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions for working with all students. Feedback from peers and supervisors helps candidates reflect on their ability to help all students learn.
You are responsible for finding your practicum site and the individual who will supervise you during this time. This may be an administrator, education coordinator or another individual located at your practicum site. This individual does not need to be in your classroom on a regular basis if you have previously taught in an early childhood classroom. If you are not currently teaching in a classroom, we may be able to assist you in locating a qualifying practicum site. It must meet UND’s approval. The practicum is 2 credits and is 60 hours with children. It is taken as a single 2 credit course during 1 semester. To review the Practicum Handbook - Click here
Do I need to have a teaching degree to pursue this degree?
No, however, it is helpful to have a degree that pertains to children, families or education. Students enter the program with a variety of degrees including: education, special education, social work, children & families, elementary education and others. If you are planning to teach with this degree, it will be important for you to know your state’s requirements for teacher licensing, as the master's degree is non-licensing.
If you do not have a degree in a related field mentioned above, you can still apply to the program. It is critical that you justify your interest in ECE in your written Personal Statement (required for admission). It is also strongly recommended that your letters of reference are from individuals who can testify to your interest and experiences with young children.
Would I be required to complete a research project to graduate?
Students can either complete an independent study, which is a scholarly piece of work that may be original research, or a scholarly project which is a critical analysis and application of information and experiences gained throughout the program of study. Most students choose to complete an independent study.
Is there an entrance exam?
Are there additional course fees?
Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Currently, all graduate students pay in-state resident tuition regardless of residency. Additional program and/or online course fees may apply. Currently there is an additional fee of $50 per credit for online courses.
How do I get started?
You will need to go to the UND graduate school web page to start the electronic application process: http://graduateschool.und.edu/my-gradspace-old.cfm
Do my references have to submit their letters electronically?
Although this works the best, you can arrange for them to mail their letters of recommendation directly to the graduate school.