Master of Arts in Education (MA)
with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education
(a minimum of 46 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.
EDUC 234 Documentation as Research (2-4)
EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (4)
EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (4)
EDUC 291A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infants and Preschoolers (4-6)
EDUC 291B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4-6)
EDUC 227 (427) Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Education (4)
EDUC 276 Leadership in Early Childhood Seminar (4)
EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development (4)
EDUC 294A Graduate Seminar: Research in Education—ECE (4)
EDUC 294B Research Seminar—ECE (4)
In consultation with your advisor students will select an additional 8-10 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.
(a minimum of 44 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 12 credits is required for graduation.
All students take the following courses:
EDUC 275A/B Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Ed or Infant Mental Health (4; 4) or
EDUC 291A/B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infancy/Young children (4-6; 4-6)*
EDUC 276 Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood (4)
EDUC 290 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (4)
EDUC 294A Graduate Research Seminar in Early Childhood (4)
EDUC 294B Graduate Research Seminar in Early Childhood (4)
In consultation with your advisor students will select an additional 20-24 semester course credits of course work 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 interested in being site supervisors or program directors should enroll in EDUC 253 Administering Early Childhood Programs.