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MA in Early Childhood Education

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Education (MA)
with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education

Full-time Program  |  Part-time Program  |  With a Multiple Subject Credential

Full-time Program
(a minimum of 40 semester course credits)

This two-year degree program prepares students for professional leadership in preschool, childcare services, and other programs for children and families. Students will also be prepared to enter the fields of public policy, research, adult education, and parent/family education. Graduates also enter professional fields such as program development for private organizations and public agencies, and prepare for more advanced graduate work. It is possible to complete both a master's degree and a multiple subject credential.

Degree Requirements:

Year 1

EDUC 214 Family Systems and Cultural Diversity: Connections with Schools, Communities, and Hospital Settings (3)

EDUC 234 Documentation as Research (3)

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3)

EDUC 291A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (3)

EDUC 291B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (3)

Year 2

EDUC 203 Public Policy for Children, Youth, and Families (3)

EDUC 227 (427) Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Education (4)

EDUC 276 Leadership in Early Childhood Seminar (3)

EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development (3)

EDUC 294A Graduate Seminar: Research in Education—ECE (3)

EDUC 294B Research Seminar—ECE (3)

In consultation with your advisor students will select an additional 3 semester course credits from the School of Education and College offerings. This additional course work will be individualized based on students' professional goals and previous experience.

 

Part-time Program
(a minimum of 40 semester course credits)

Mills offers a part-time masters in early childhood program for early childhood working professionals. Students who enroll in this program complete it over three years. All students take a core of courses in research in early childhood, early childhood leadership, and the application of developmental and cultural theories to understanding early childhood development and education. All students engage in year-long field placements to expand their professional network and to deepen their knowledge of the complex issues challenging the profession. In consultation with their advisor, students select a placement based on their professional interests. A minimum of 37 semester course credits is required for graduation.

Degree Requirements:

All students take the following courses:

EDUC 203 Public Policy for Children, Youth, and Families (3)

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

EDUC 275 Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Ed or Infant Mental Health (3) or
EDUC 291A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (3-5)*
and
EDUC 291B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (3-5)*

EDUC 276 Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood (3)

EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development (3)

EDUC 294A Graduate Research Seminar in Early Childhood (3)

EDUC 294B Graduate Research Seminar in Early Childhood (3)

In consultation with your advisor students will select an additional 13-15 semester course credits from the School of Education and College offerings. This additional course work will be individualized based on students’ professional goals and previous experience.

* Year long practicum and seminar, based on current teaching position or an arranged practicum. Students interested in a practicum experience in the Mills College Children’s School would enroll in Education 291A/B. Students taking 275 will need to take an independent study to complete the year long practicum experience.

Students interested in being site supervisors or program directors should enroll in EDUC 253 Administering Early Childhood Programs.

 

MA ECE with a Multiple Subject Credential

Students in who have completed their Multiple Subject Credential course work may study for a Master’s of Art degree in early childhood education (ECE) immediately after their credential year. This second year of full-time, weekday study allows students to deepen their understanding of learning and teaching young children, to apply what they learned in the credential year, and to learn to study their own practice. If a student is interested in teaching Transitional Kindergarten (T.K) they will need to take extra early childhood units. The Master’s degree in ECE provides for these extra units. Students who complete the degree may become elementary school teachers and early childhood educators.

Degree Requirements:
(27 semester course credits)

EDUC 214 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (3)

EDUC 234 Research Methodology for Observing Children (3)

EDUC 237 Child Language Acquisition (3) or
EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3)

EDUC 260 History and Theories of Play (3)

EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development (3)

EDUC 291A/B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (3; 3)

EDUC 294A/B Graduate Seminar: Research in Education (3; 3)

 

Last Updated: 7/26/17