Learning Outcomes

Mastering your discipline.

The Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education focuses on deepening your knowledge and expertise in pre-school teaching and learning, including learning how to supervise early childhood instructors and provide leadership in organizing and running preschools.

These programs provide a philosophical and theoretical foundation in early childhood learning, and teach skills to support your professional practice. Based on the Montessori Method, our curriculum also prepares you to affirm and promote the essential goodness, dignity, and freedom of all people.


After completing a Master’s in Early Childhood Education, you'll be able to:

  • Apply a deeper knowledge of Montessori philosophy and human-development principles in your professional practice
  • Promote child development and learning
  • Build family and community relationships
  • Observe, document, and assess young learners
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
  • Engage in effective supervision and leadership practices


Questions? Want to discuss entering the master’s program? Please contact Luz Casquejo Johnston, Program Director at 925.631.4089 or lmc16@stmarys-ca.edu.