Master of Arts in Education

Early Childhood Education

little girl holding up hands covered with fingerpaintThe Early Childhood Education Concentration is designed to prepare professionals to work with children in preschools and community-based programs that serve children from birth to eight years old, and to take leadership roles in the field of early childhood education. Required coursework focuses on working with diverse families and young children and advanced study of cognitive, language, social, emotional, and moral development. Improvement of classroom curriculum and assessment from infancy through the primary grades is another emphasis of the program. Candidates need not possess a teaching credential; they may prepare for leadership and advocacy positions in a variety of settings. However, a basic course in child development and at least one year of experience working with children in educational settings are prerequisites to admission to the program. Details are available from the Early Childhood Education Program Advisor.

Required ECE Core Courses in Concentration (12 units)

EDEC 531 (3) The Role of Play in Development and Learning (offered Fall of odd numbered years, 2007)

EDEC 532 (3) Social-Moral Development in Childhood (offered Fall of even numbered years, 2008) (It will be taught in the framework of Action Research)

EDEC 537 (3) Authentic Assessment in Preschool and Primary Programs (offered Spring of odd numbered years, 2007)

EDEC 538 (3) The Development of Language and Thinking in Infancy through Middle Childhood (offered Spring of even numbered years, 2006)


Electives (6 units)

At least two courses in the areas of Special Education, Curriculum Teaching and Learning, Reading and Language, and/or special topics ECE-MA courses as offered will be chosen in consultation with the ECE Advisor and the Graduate Advisors of the above mentioned areas.

Some examples of course options are:


EDSP 422 Collaborative Partnerships in Special Education

EDSP 423A Assessment, Curriculum and Instructional Strategies

EDSP 432 Designing Inclusive Environments in Early Childhood Education


EDCT 585 Curriculum Development: Theory, Practice and Evaluation

EDCT 586 Teaching and Learning: Research and Application in the Classroom


EDRL 507 Research in Language and Literacy

EDRL 521A Language Development in First and Second Languages

EDRL 524 Literature and Literacy