Early Childhood Education

This program allows admission in the Fall. The next application cycle will be for Fall 2024: 

  • Application period began: October 1, 2023
  • CSULB Cal State Apply Application Deadline for Domestic Applicants: June 1, 2024

How to Apply
Statement of Purpose prompt, etc., and MyCED Program Application Deadline

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (30-36 units) is designed to foster the development of diverse educators who apply research-based knowledge in designing developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum and assessment strategies for children ages birth through 8. Candidates develop strategies and approaches for building family-school-community partnerships. The ECE program continues to develop teacher leaders and advocates of young children, families, and the field. We have revised the program to now offer more subject matter content, specifically candidates learn evidence-based practices that are culturally responsive in building skills and the knowledge for literacy development and learning, for integrated mathematics with STEM education, and for early intervention. Candidates will also develop a broader understanding of the diversity of family structures and child rearing practices and apply that expanded understanding into the curriculum and interactions with families. Given the challenges facing young children and families, candidates critically reflect on issues that impact young children’s behavior, learning, and development, and identify approaches that support their growth and development through instruction and early intervention. Finally, candidates critically evaluate policies that impact young children and their families.

  • Be part of a cohort model
  • Offers hybrid courses and evening classes
  • 2-year program
  • No GRE required
  • Mentoring by faculty and program graduates
  • ECE program specific scholarships for eligible candidates
  • Meets the California requirement of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) teachers needing to complete 24 early childhood education units.

  • Analyze theoretical perspectives and current issues as well as evaluate and apply research in the field of early childhood education, both nationally and internationally.
  • Demonstrate competency in developing family, school, and community partnerships.
  • Develop reflective practitioners, leaders, and advocates for children, family and communities, who promote equity and excellence in diverse settings.
  • Apply educational theories and pedagogies to design and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum, programs, and academic content literacies (e.g., numeracy, digital, and language) for diverse early childhood populations.

In addition to teaching in infant, toddler, preschool, transitional kindergarten, and elementary school classrooms, our graduates obtain a host of leadership positions such as community college instructors and tenure track faculty members in private and public universities in the US and internationally; ECE curriculum specialists; ECE program directors; ECE consultants; mentor teachers; research/development specialists; and leadership positions in national organizations. Our graduates also open their own ECE programs locally and in international contexts, and pursue doctoral programs in various universities in the US and universities in other countries.

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Are you seeking a teaching credential? This program offers a master’s degree only. If you’re interested in obtaining a teaching credential, please visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center.