Specialize in Curriculum & Instruction or Supervision & Leadership

Montessori Early Childhood

The Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction prepares students to teach and administer in high quality early childhood programs. It is based on several theoretical models and the guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for developmentally and culturally appropriate practice. Upon completion of this master’s degree program, students may be qualified to apply for the California Child Development Permits through the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  The Early Childhood Education Program provides 3 specializations within the Master of Arts degree: Curriculum and Instruction, Supervision and Leadership, and Montessori Early Childhood Education.

Curriculum and Instruction Specialization (30 units)

Specialization Courses (13 units) Units
MONT 210 Learning & Development 3
ECE 263 Mathematics: Conceptual Learning 3
ECE 264 Language and Reading Development 3
ECE 265 Curriculum Foundations 4
Elective Courses (8 units minimum - Requires approval of program director or advisor. Should be related to major area of interest and/or thesis or synthesis project topic.)
ECE 231 Positive Discipline & Classroom Management 2
ECE 258 Early Education Foundations 3
ECE 261 Curriculum Foundations: Special Subjects 2
ECE 503 Comparitive Development 3
ECE 310 Advanced Field Observation in ECE 2
ECE 340 Advanced Supervised Field Experience 3-4
ECE 266 Study of the Sciences 3
ECE 267/8 Creative Arts I and/or II 1 each
MONT 261 Philosophical Perspectives 3
MONT 263 Elementary Mathematics 3
MONT 264 Elementary Language, Reading & Writing 3
EDUC 273 Mainstreaming: Diversity in the Classroom 1-3
Research Courses (9 units) Units
EDUC 572 Research Seminar I 3
EDUC 582 Research Seminar II 3
EDUC 592
or
EDUC 597
Thesis or
Synthesis Project s

3


Supervision and Leadership Specialization
(30 units)

The Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Supervision and Leadership is open to students who have at least two years of teaching experience. The program prepares candidates to assume leadership positions, such as program directors and site supervisors and positions in administration and public policy in agencies serving children and families. Graduates of this master's degree program may be qualified to apply for the highest levels of the California Child Development Permit.  Graduates are eligble to apply to our doctoral program.

Specialization Courses (13 units) Units
MONT 210 Learning & Development 3
EDUC 244 Staff Development & Parent Education 3
ECE 231 Positive Discipline & Classroom Management 2
ECE 560 Administration & Program Design 3
ECE 541 Assessment in ECE 1
EDUC 273 Mainstreaming: Diversity in the Classroom 1
Elective Courses (8 units minimum - Requires approval of program director or advisor. Should be related to major area of interest and/or thesis or synthesis project topic.)
ECE 258 Early Education Foundations 3
ECE 310 Advanced Field Observation in ECE 2
ECE 340 Advanced Supervised Field Experience 3-4
ECE 267/268 Creative Arts I and/or II 1
MONT 261 Philosophical Perspectives 3
ECE 270 Current Issues in Public Policy in ECE Leadership 3
MONT 287 Montessori Overview 2
MSTE 223 Technology in the Classroom 1
MSTE 275 Health Education 1
Research Courses (9 units) Units
EDUC 572 Research Seminar I 3
EDUC 582 Research Seminar II 3
EDUC 592
or
EDUC 597
Thesis or
Synthesis Project s
3

Note: Passing the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) is required for unconditional acceptance to this graduate degree program and is a prerequisites to EDUC 572 (Research Seminar I). Therefore, all master's degree students are advised to pass the WPE in the first semester of their graduate coursework.

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