UConn Early College Experience

The Master's School has partnered with the University of Connecticut to offer college courses to our Upper School students.

ECE is a concurrent enrollment program where students earn both high school and college credit for each course. UConn ECE is nationally accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
ECE courses are taught by our own faculty, who have been vetted through a rigorous application process by UConn, and are now considered fully certified University of Connecticut adjunct faculty members. ECE courses will be blended into our daily curriculum, and students will experience the rigor of a college course while earning college credit. In order to earn credit, students must earn a final grade of a C or higher.

Any college or university that accepts UConn credit will accept ECE credit earned in high school. The UConn ECE program boasts an 87% credit transfer rate.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What's the cost?
In addition to tuition, students enrolling in ECE classes will be required to register for those classes online with UConn for the following fees ($50 per credit):

UConn ECE ART 1030 Drawing I- $150
UConn ECE ENGL 1004 Intro to Academic Writing - $200
UConn ECE ENGL 1010 Seminar I Academic Writing - $200
UConn ECE POLS 1602 Intro to American Politics - $150

How do I apply?
Students must apply yearly using UConn's online portal at http://ece.uconn.edu.

Forms with complete instructions are available in the College Placement Office.

What classes can I take?
2020-21 UConn ECE Course Offerings

UCONN ECE ART 1030: Drawing I
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Length: 1 Trimester
0.5 credit (TMS); 3 college credits
Prerequisite: Foundations of 2-D Art, Studio Art I or by teacher recommendation.

Drawing I is a beginning-level college course focusing on a variety of topics including compositional design, art history as it pertains to drawing, and technical mastery of drawing materials. Students explore charcoal, ink, and graphite among a variety other mediums. Working from direct observation students learn to express line, proportion, space, light, form, texture and perspective. Individual critique, class discussion and drawing demonstrations are central to this dynamic studio art course. University course standards and content is guided by the University of Connecticut and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). Successful completion of this class will confer three University of Connecticut credits for the ARTS 1030: Drawing I course.

UCONN ECE ENGL 1004: Introduction to Academic Writing
Grade: 12
Length: 1 Trimester
0.5 credit (TMS); 4 college credits
Prerequisite: This course is required in order to take UCONN ECE 1010: Seminar in Academic Writing/AP English Language and Composition

The course is designed to guide students in developing their writing practices and to introduce them to meaningful participation in critical conversations. To that end, the work of the class includes learning and improving strategies for taking stock of one’s ideas; reading to examine relationships among authors’ aims, methods, and materials; unpacking writers’ critical assumptions; situating oneself in conversation with writers; developing critical approaches to issues, problems, and texts; forming new ideas rather than reporting on the ideas of others; and making a contribution to the work of the class and the university.” (FYW UCONN, Resources for Instructors) English 1004 will prepare students for the rigor of writing in college. This class is designed for students who are not prepared to take college-level classes because they need more individual help with skills such as reading, writing, and critical thinking. To this end, students will read different texts written by prominent writers and will be working on writing essays every week.

UCONN ECE ENGL 1010: Seminar in Academic Writing
Grade: 12
Length: 2 Trimesters
1.0 credit (TMS); 4 college credits
Prerequisite: ECE 1004 or B average in previous English courses, satisfactory attendance records, and teacher recommendation.

This course cultivates the reading and writing skills that students need for college success and for intellectually responsible civic engagement. The course guides students in becoming curious, critical, and responsive readers of diverse texts, and becoming flexible, reflective writers of texts addressed to diverse audiences for diverse purposes. The reading and writing students do in the course should deepen and expand their understanding of how written language functions rhetorically: to communicate writers’ intentions and elicit readers’ responses in particular situations. The course cultivates the rhetorical understanding and use of written language by directing students’ attention to writer/reader interactions in their reading and writing of various formal and informal genres (e.g., memos, letters, advertisements, political satires, personal narratives, scientific arguments, cultural critiques, research reports).

UCONN ECE POLS 1602: Introduction to American Politics
Grades: 11, 12
Length: 1 Trimester
0.5 credit (TMS); 3 college credits
Prerequisite: Students who maintained a B average in previous History and English courses, satisfactory attendance records, and teacher recommendation may be eligible for this course.

Introduction to American Politics is a trimester long course that provides an introduction to the academic study of American politics and, to some extent, to the discipline of political science more generally. We will cover a range of substantive topics, including the cultural and constitutional foundations of American politics; its institutional structures, such as Congress, the presidency, and the courts; the activities of strategic political elites; the political behavior of ordinary American citizens; and contemporary debates over such important issues as economic inequality, partisan polarization, racism, and immigration. These topics will be examined using a variety of theoretical and empirical frameworks, with particular emphasis on the advantages and limitations of analyzing political actors as rational and strategic decision-makers.

UConn ECE PHIL 1101: Philosophy
(Offered through our online course partnership with Christian Heritage School)
Grades: 11-12
Length: Yearlong (follows Christian Heritage course schedule)
0.5 credit (TMS); 3 college credits
Prerequisite: Instructor approval

This is an introductory course in philosophy. Students study the principles of logic and reasoning, logical fallacies, and introduce the major problems of metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, and ethics. Students sample some of what has been written on topics such as the existence of God, the problem of evil, and the nature of morality, knowledge, being, personhood, and the meaning of life. Reading will include the writings of Plato, David Hume, Rene Descarte, John Stuart Mill, and Gottfried Leibniz, as well as evangelical theologians of the last two millennia. Students should expect 50-60 pages of reading per week and significant writing assignments. This course includes the viewing of films with philosophical themes.
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