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Masters of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education Option

Masters Program Overview

This MS in Educational, Option in Early Childhood Education is specifically designed for the working practitioner to gain professional knowledge about Curriculum and leadership for children ages birth to eight years old. The concentration emphasizes developmentally and culture appropriate practices, “hands0on” experiences, evidence-based instruction, working with families, and ways to build leadership and professionalism. The program employs a combination of face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes with Thursday early evening and Saturday morning format to maximize flexibility and convenience. National, state, and local documents are evidenced in coursework. The program includes a practicum and site visit. This program begins in the Fall, is 6 quarters long and students attend classes Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. No classes are offered during the summer.

Designed to provide the working professional special competencies for assuming leadership roles.

  1. Develop an in-depth knowledge base of effective preschool models of curriculum, pedagogy and working with families.
  2. Complete a professional practicum in an Early Childhood setting (including the delivery of professional development, advocacy and mentoring).
  3. Utilize a variety of bibliographic tools to write a comprehensive review of the literature for a topic of professional interest.
  4. Complete an action research project investigating a topic as it relates to the field of Early Childhood Education.

Degree Requirements

Students applying for this program must demonstrate an appropriate background in Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Psychology, Multiple Subject Credential, or other relevant degree. Students may request an interview to waive the prerequisites, or have a history of employment in the field and completed at least 12 units of Early Childhood Classes.


Core Courses 

Must be taken in order: TED6020, TED6300, TED 6700, TED6901

Option Focus

TED6070, TED6071, TED6072, TED6073, TED6074, TED6075, TED6076


TED6015, TED6124, TED6245, TED6900, TED6999

Potential Schedule

1st Year 2nd Year
Fall Winter Spring Fall Winter Spring
TED 6070 TED 6071 TED 6074 TED 6076 **Elective **Elective
TED 6072 TED 6073 TED 6300 TED 6700 TED 6020 TED 6901
TED 6075

**Electives available if stduents wish to take - Not mandated


Candidates must demonstrate an appropriate background when applying for this option. This can be met by successful completion of an undergraduate degree in Human Development, Psychology, or other relevant degree to the field of Early Childhood, a Multiple Subject Credential are encouraged to apply. Students who have a Bachelor's degree, in aother discipline will need to successfully completed at least 12 units in Early Childhood and/or have worked successfully in the field for at least 5 years.
13 quarter units (9 semester) from a graduate level or completed credential program from an accredited university. Continuing Education/Extension units from other universities cannot be transferred into the MS program. Any transfer units must be approved by the program coordinator.
All transfer units cannot be older than 7 years at term of graduation.
  • Fall Admission
  • East Bay Campus
  • 45 unit program
  • Classes TH & Sat (Face to Face and Hybrid)
  • No Summer Session Courses
  • Class times 6pm - 9:30pm

Dr. Valerie Helgren-Lempesis

Art & Education Rm. 250

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