Early Childhood Education
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. The program offers hybrid courses and Saturday and evening classes to accomodate working professionals. It also provids networking opportunities with ECE professionals during the courses as well as during the program's annual spring event. To support current students' academic progress, the program arranges mentoring opportunities by past graduates.
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 obtain positions as community college instructors, early childhood 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.