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Early Childhood Education

Master of Arts in Education, Option in Early Childhood Education

30-33 units


Prospective students should seek advising from the Graduate Studies Office.

Current and admitted students seek advising from Jyotsna Pattnaik, program coordinator.

Applying to the Program

Fall 2018 Deadline: June 1, 2018

International Applicant Deadlines:

Fall 2018: April 1, 2018

Application Process

Application Packet »


Information Sessions

ECE Info Sessions

Information sessions specific to ECE may be scheduled during regular fall and spring semesters. To receive notification of program-specific sessions, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at ced-gradstudies@csulb.edu to be added to our prospective student list. We will notify you when a program-specific session is scheduled. Prospective students are encouraged to attend a Graduate Programs General Information Session.

Graduate Programs General Info Sessions

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Education, Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed to provide a diverse student body with updated knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill various roles in the field of ECE. The curriculum emphasizes knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for ethical, developmentally and culturally appropriate teaching practices in diverse and inclusive classrooms (with children from birth through age 8). The program also prepares candidates for management of early childhood organizations (including planning, implementing, and decision-making) that best represent the interests of all children and families. The program curriculum primarily focuses on inquiry, critical and analytical thinking, and professional collaborations (in class and off-campus settings) with the goal of fostering a pursuit for life-long learning among candidates and nurturing a community of learners.

Areas of Training

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze theoretical perspectives that relate to young children and their families
  • Demonstrate competency in building family and community relationships
  • Apply principles of teaching and learning to early childhood classrooms
  • Analyze current issues, debates, discussions, and research in the field of early childhood education
  • Apply understanding of leadership roles that benefit children and families
  • Analyze children’s issues and early childhood education around the world
  • Apply understanding of cultural diversity to personal and professional philosophy and practices

Our Graduates

Our graduates obtain positions as community college instructors, early childhoon education curriculum specialists, program directors, early childhood education consultants, mentor teachers, grant writers, research/development specialists for organizations such as Lakeshore Learning, and pursue doctoral programs within and outside of California.

last updated — Sep 27, 2017