Education - Early Childhood Education Option, M.A.



M.A. in Education Option: Early Childhood Education

Dr. Heather Horsley, Coordinator
Education Building, Room 353

Program Description. The Master of Arts degree in Education with an option in early childhood education offers specialized preparation for a wide variety of positions in educational settings with children from birth through the primary grades. The program is designed to meet individual needs of candidates with different experiential and educational backgrounds and varied career objectives.

Admission Requirements. In addition to the admission requirements listed in the Graduate Education Program section of this catalog, M.A. in Education Early Childhood Education program applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be qualified for ECE Master Teaching Permit (B.A./B.S. degree plus 12 units ECE or Child Development and 3 units supervised ECE fieldwork) or hold a valid teaching credential.
  2. Provide verification of advisement.

Program Requirements. Under the direction of a graduate adviser, each student prepares and submits an individually designed program within the following framework:

1. Course Requirements (27 units)
a. MAE Core: ERE 220*; CI 285 or ERE 288 (6 units)
b. ECE Option: LEE 171, 232, 233, 235**, 241, 250, 271 (21 units)

2. . Culminating Experience (3 units)
Choose between (a) 3 units of approved electives plus comprehensive exam [0 units] or (b) LEE 298B or LEE 299 [3 units]

Total (30 units)

* ERE 153 or an approved equivalent is a prerequisite for ERE 220.

** Students meet the Graduate Writing Requirement by passing the writing component of LEE 235. See graduate program coordinator for further information.



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