Which program is right for you?
- MA in Early Childhood Education, full-time and part-time
- MA in Education, Child Life in Hospitals
- MA in Infant Mental Health
- MA in Early Childhood Leadership
- Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership
Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programs prepare students to become high-quality early childhood teachers, professionals, and cross-disciplinary leaders who support children's learning, development, and overall well-being. There are both full-time and part-time options with weekday and evening classes. The programs integrate theory, research, and practice in course work with field placements in a variety of early childhood settings. Students learn to use inquiry and ongoing critical reflection in combination with a strengths-based, relational approach to working with children, families, and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. Our community shares a set of common commitments to improve the education and life chances of children in Oakland, throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and across the globe, and our programs cultivate leaders committed to social justice and equity for children and families living in our most underserved communities.
Students in our ECE Programs usually work in the Mills College Children's School. Founded more than 85 years ago as the first laboratory school west of the Mississippi, the Children's School allows students to develop their teaching practice through close mentorship from experienced teachers and administrators.