Educational Psychology & Counseling

Masters of Arts in Education, Option in Educational Psychology/Early Childhood Education

Application period: Spring 2022 - August 1, 2021, to November 12, 2021; Fall 2022 – November 1, 2021 - April 15, 2022.

Leadership and advocacy through understanding young children, families, and communities

Careers and Opportunities Await you!

  • Community College Instructor
  • Primary Education Specialist
  • Early Childhood Teacher, Director, Coordinator, or Administrator
  • Early Childhood Consultant/Development Specialist
  • Parent Involvement Coordinator/Advocate
  • Child Life Specialist/Child Health Promoter
  • Program Evaluator
  • Preparation for doctorate

 Our program is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) the professional accrediting organization for schools, colleges, and departments of education in the United States and aligned with NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Standards for Advanced Masters Programs.



Contact the Program Coordinators
Dr. Carrie Rothstein-Fisch
Dr. Joannie Busillo-Aguayo

Program Features

  • Evening Classes meet the needs of working professionals
  • Distinguished faculty provide students with contemporary theories and research applied to real life
  • Community service occurs through fieldwork opportunities including the Early Childhood Education Partnerships for Excellence (see below)
  • Leadership skills, such as communication and collaboration, advocacy, ethics, and professionalism provide students with flexibility to accommodate new trends in the field
  • Knowledge and expertise focus on 1) promoting child development and learning; 2) family and community relationships; 3) observing, documenting, and assessing young children and families; 4) understanding the teaching and learning process; 5) professional development.
  • Graduates gain from learning about multicultural and international themes, children with special needs and their families, research methods, and technology to promote positive outcomes for children, families, the community and the early childhood profession
  • A diverse, inclusive, and vibrant learning community supports each student
  • An emphasis on cultural pathways in development through The Bridging Cultures Project™ - a collaborative action research project emerging from research demonstrating cultural values conflicts in schools and caregiving settings

Special Programs

  • Infant-Toddler-Family Mental Health Certificate
    The program focuses on optimal strategies for supporting social, emotional, physical, linguistic and cognitive development young children and strengthening their families. Comprised of five-courses (15 units), it is offered as a post-baccalaureate certificate program. Several courses may be used toward the MA in Early Childhood Education.
  • Early Childhood Education Partnerships for Excellence
    The Early Childhood Education Partnerships for Excellence is a specialized fieldwork experience, pairing advanced graduates with experienced mentors in early childhood education. The teams collaborate with center-based early childhood education programs in the community to support program quality improvement.

™ Bridging Cultures is a registered trademark of WestEd and licensed to the four original researchers on the Project.

Back-to-School Brunch 2013

Students and a recent graduate from the CSUN ECE MA family

Students and a recent graduate from the CSUN ECE MA family

Group of ECE MA faculty

Group of ECE MA faculty enjoying the sunny California weather

Students getting food from a buffet table

Students getting food from a buffet table

Another group of ECE MA students

Another group of ECE MA students