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California Baptist University - Online | MS in Education - Early Childhood Studies

Future pre-K administrators and curriculum leaders could prepare for their careers with the studies offered in California Baptist University's Master of Science in Education - Early Childhood Studies program. Read on to learn more.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Studies

School Offering Program:

California Baptist University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prior to enrolling in this MS in Education program, prospective students might have completed undergraduate studies in education or human development and could be working as teachers or teacher assistants. Strong creative and analytical skills are important, as early childhood leaders are typically involved in curriculum design and student evaluations. Applicants to California Baptist University should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

What is an early childhood administrator's role? Which strategies are best for language and literacy skills development? What are classical and current theories of early childhood development and what is their impact on early childhood programs? These are among the topics addressed in the Early Childhood Studies specialization of the online Master of Science in Education program at California Baptist University. Students could also expect to discuss inclusion and exceptionalities in special education, early childhood action plan development, and various influences, such as family and community, on early childhood learning. Core course topics include learning and teaching theories, leadership philosophies, educational research methodologies, and curriculum development practices.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

33 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact California Baptist University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Education - Early Childhood Studies

Students must complete 15 credits in core coursework and 18 credits in the specialization area to earn this master's degree. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact California Baptist University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (15 credits)

  • Leadership, Worldviews, and Contemporary Issues
  • Theories of Learning and Teaching
  • Curriculum Theory and Development
  • Survey of Educational Research
  • International and Comparative Education

Early Childhood Studies Specialization Courses (18 credits)

  • School, Family, and Community Partnerships
  • Leadership and Supervision in Early Childhood Settings
  • Early Childhood Literacy and Language Development
  • Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Development
  • Early Childhood Program Development and Evaluation
  • Critical Issues in Special Education

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While a master's degree could be sufficient to obtain upper administrative positions in many educational settings, graduates of the MS in Education - Early Childhood Studies program contemplating postsecondary teaching or research careers might consider a doctorate. With a doctorate, graduates might further explore directorial or research roles in early childhood settings. Classes at this level might provide more detailed studies in policy theories and implementation, curriculum integration, and educational research methodologies.

Doctoral programs students might consider include:

  • Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education
  • Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development - Early Childhood Policy

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the MS - Education in Early Childhood Studies program, graduates might qualify for leadership positions in daycare centers, pre-K programs, elementary schools, or child development centers. They might oversee areas of early childhood curriculum development, staffing management, program evaluation, or special education development.

Specific roles graduates might wish to fill include:

  • Preschool director
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Early intervention specialist