At a Glance

  • Units: 38
  • Cost Per Unit: $621
  • Typical Program Duration: 2-3 years while teaching full-time

Master of Arts in Education

Early Childhood

The MA Education degree with the concentration in Early Childhood is designed for individuals who desire to serve in in public and private programs serving infants through age four and in transitional kindergarten through third grade classrooms.  This concentration also strengthens Elementary Teachers’ understanding of developmental, social, academic, cultural, and spiritual needs, particularly in the early childhood/primary setting.  Upon completion of the Early Childhood concentration, candidates will be eligible to apply for Child Development Permits to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing with Biola’s formal recommendation. 

The Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood is a 38-unit program that can be completed in 2–3 years while teaching full time.  View program sheet (PDF).

The program has three distinct elements:

  • Core coursework (22 units)
  • A concentration of Early Childhood coursework (15 units)
  • A capstone experience (1 unit)

Core Coursework
SEED 501: Philosophy & Values in Schools & Society (3)
SEED 502: Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
SEED 503: Educational Research and Statistics (3)
SEED 504: Advanced Curriculum & Instruction (3)
SEED 524: Research in Culture & Intercultural Instruction (3)
SEED 554: Professional Writing (3)
TTBE 732: Life of Christ (or other approved TTBE course) (3)
SEED 596: Professional Development Module (1)

Early Childhood Coursework
SEED 535: Childhood Development: Birth through Adolescence (3)
SEED 556: Early Childhood Curriculum (3)
SEED 557: School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings (3)
SEED 558: Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings (3)
SEED 559: Observation and Assessment of Young Children (3)
SEED 579: Early Childhood Practicum (3)

(select one)
SEED 598: Research Project (1)
SEED 599: Thesis (1)

To see this program’s admissions requirements, click here.

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