Educational Psychology & Counseling

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

Application Deadlines

Application window for Spring 2023: August 1, 2022 to November 4, 2022

Application window for Fall 2023: October 1, 2022, to April 14, 2023

Program Coordinators:   Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, Ph.D.

                                      Joannie Aguayo, Ed.D.

Program Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Early Childhood Educational Psychology prepares individuals to demonstrate mastery of national and state professional standards and competencies, leadership, and teaching roles in programs serving children ranging in age from birth through 8 years and their families, depending on the school system and/or state regulations. Students are prepared to teach across all relevant subject matter with an emphasis on valuing diversity, leadership, advocacy, equity, inclusion, and social justice. The M.A. degree coursework provides a strong foundation for entering doctoral programs in early childhood education with a view to teaching at the university level, conducting research in child development, planning and administering programs, or developing public policy.

Graduates of the M.A. in Education, Educational Psychology/Early Childhood Education, option obtain employment in positions such as instructors of child development in community colleges, specialists serving families with high-risk infants and young children, coordinators or administrators of community program services, lead teachers, supervisors, or directors of early childhood education programs, child advocates, consultants or coaches in early childhood settings, and providers of professional development and training.

Program Features

  • Evening Classes meets the needs of working professionals
  • Distinguished Faculty promote student knowledge and expertise in child development theory and learning; family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessing the teaching and learning process; and professional development
  • Community Service provides students opportunities to apply theories and research in community-based settings through Fieldwork; and the option to join the Early Childhood Education Partnerships for Excellence – a collaborative community support program that pairs students with experienced and distinguished mentors in early childhood education that assist early education programs to identify creative strategies for program change and improvement.
  • Leadership and Advocacy skills, such as communication and collaboration, ethics, and professionalism
  • Diverse, Inclusive, and Vibrant learning community supports each student and learning about multicultural and international themes; children with special needs and their families; research methods, and technology to promote positive outcomes for children, families, communities, and the early childhood profession
  • Emphasis on Cultural Pathways through The Bridging Cultures Project ™ - a collaborative action research project emerging from research demonstrating cultural values conflicts in schools and caregiving settings (™ Bridging Cultures is a registered trademark of WestEd and licensed to the four original researchers on the Project.

Prerequisite requirements to enter the M.A. in Education, Educational Psychology/Early Childhood Education option

  • EPC 430: Development and Learning in Early Childhood Education
  • EPC 600: Educational Statistics for Research and Measurement

Pre-approved Prerequisite Course Equivalency List

Program Requirements 

  1. Admission Requirements for Classified Standing

1.     Complete University application and requirements.

  1. Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
  3. Have at least a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted.

2.     Complete Department application for admission to graduate programs.

  1. Submit two recommendations, either as letters or on the departmental form.
  2. Participate in the admission’s interview process.
  3. Be accepted by Early Childhood Education Program Coordinators.

3.     Complete all required prerequisite courses with a grade of “B-” or better within the past 7 years. (Equivalent courses may be substituted for prerequisites.)

  1. EPC 430 Development and Learning in Early Childhood Education (3)
  2. EPC 600 Educational Statistics for Research and Measurement (3)
  3. Core Program (18 units)
  4. Electives (6 units)
  5. Culminating Experience (3 units)
  1. Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Education, Educational Psychology/Early Childhood Education Option*

EPC 602 Research Principles (3)

  1. Core Program (18 units)
  • EPC 632 Issues, Theories and Current Practices in Early Childhood (3)
  • EPC 634 Language and Concept Development in the Early School Years (3)
  • EPC 635 Foundations of Developmental Curriculum for Early Childhood (3)
  • EPC 639C Fieldwork in Early Childhood (3)
  • EPC 683 Collaboration with Families in Educational Settings (3)

        2. Electives (6 units)

  • EPC 636 Systems, Policies, and Professionalism in Early Childhood Education (3) OR
  • EPC 642 Assessment and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education (3) OR
  • EPC 668 Partnerships for Excellence in Early Childhood Education (3)

        3. Culminating Experience (3 units)

  • EPC 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)
  • OR
  • EPC 698C Thesis/Graduate Project (3)

Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 30

*Note: The program is currently in the process of revising the core courses and culminating experience requirements and are expected to be in effect Fall 2023.