Masters of Arts in Education
Early Childhood Education Option

Dr. Cathy Yun, Program Coordinator
Phone: (559) 278-0238

The Masters 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 — nationally recognized by NAEYC — is designed to meet the individual needs of candidates with different professional and educational backgrounds and varied career objectives, including kindergarten-primary grade teacher leader, preschool teacher leader, ECE curriculum specialist, program administrator, and community college instructor.

In addition to meeting general and Masters in Education graduate program admission requirements, Early Childhood Education graduate program applicants must meet the qualifications for the ECE Master Teacher Permit (B.A/B.S. degree with 12 units of ECE or child development and 3 units of supervised fieldwork) OR hold a valid teaching credential.

Course requirement include 25 units of required coursework plus 5 units of approved electives.

Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential

The Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential Program offers advanced preparation to those who already hold a valid California elementary credential and who have at least two years of teaching experience at two levels of Early Childhood Education at the time the Specialist Credential is awarded.

The ECE Specialist Program may be combined with the Master’s Program or taken separately. Master’s candidates in the ECE Teacher Leader Specialization may use their course work to fulfill requirements for the ECE Specialist Credential. For the Specialist Credential only, a thesis or final project is not required.