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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

Full-time Program
(13 semester course credits)

This two-year degree program offers the possibility of specializing in one of two strands of early childhood education: either development and teaching, or administration and policy. The degree 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 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 234 Research Methodology for Observing Children (.5)

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (1)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (1)

EDUC 291A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infants and Preschoolers (1–1.5)

EDUC 291B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (1–1.5)

Year 2

EDUC 227 (427) Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Education (1)

EDUC 276 Leadership in Early Childhood Seminar (1)

EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development (1)

EDUC 294A Graduate Seminar: Research in Education—ECE (1)

EDUC 294B Research Seminar—ECE (1)

If your focus is development and teaching you are required to take the following courses:

EDUC 237 Child Language Acquisition (1)

EDUC 246 Working with Families and Community (.5)

EDUC 260 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (.5)

Select an additional 1.5 credits from the School of Education and College offerings.

If your focus is leadership and policy you are required to take the following course:

EDUC 203 Public Policy: Children, Youth, and Family Issues (1)

In consultation with your advisor select an additional 2.5 credits from the School of Education and College offerings.

It is highly recommended that all students take EDUC 255 Children with Special Needs or EDUC 231 Assessment and Intervention for Children with Special Needs no matter which focus they have selected. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue their own interests, either through course work in other departments on campus or through the educational exchange with other local college campuses.

 

Part-time Program
(10–13 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. To complete the program, students select one of two emphases, either development and teaching, or leadership and policy. For the development and teaching emphasis students take classes in developmental theory and its connection to early childhood curriculum, documentation as research, working with families, schools and communities, and the theory and history of play. For the leadership and policy emphasis students take classes in public policy for children, youth and families and select additional courses from the educational leadership offerings, public policy offerings, and the business school. 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 the emphasis they have chosen. A minimum of 10 credits is required for graduation. Students may take up to 13 credits.

Degree Requirements:

All students take the following courses:

EDUC 275A/B Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Ed or Infant Mental Health (1; 1) or
EDUC 291A/B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infancy/Young children (1; 1)*

EDUC 276 Leadership in Early Childhood (1)

EDUC 290 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (1)

EDUC 294A/B Graduate Research Seminar in Early Childhood (1; 1)

* Yearlong 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 select one of the two following emphases:

Development and Teaching Emphasis

EDUC 234 Research Methods: Documentation and Assessment (1)

And select one of these three courses:

EDUC 236 Development and Learning : Infancy through Adolescence (1)

EDUC 237 Child Language Acquisition(1)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (1)

And select one of these two courses:

EDUC 246 Working with Families and the Community (.5–1)

EDUC 260 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education(.5–1)

Select other electives for a minimum of 10 credits and a maximum of 13 credits.

Leadership and Policy Emphasis

EDUC 203 Public Policy: Children, Youth, and Family Issues (1)

Select additional courses from early childhood, educational leadership, public policy or business in consultation with your advisor.

For both emphases, students interested in being site supervisors or program directors should enroll in EDUC 253 Administering Early Childhood Programs.

 

Last Updated: 8/12/15