M.A. in Education Option in Early Childhood/Primary Education

children being lectured in a seated circle
children being lectured in a seated circle

The Masters of Arts in Education with an Option in Early Childhood/Primary Education prepares individuals to work in a variety of settings to promote the development and learning of young children. 

Required coursework covers content related to appropriate learning experiences and curriculum for young children, school/family/community partnerships, cultural diversity, emergent literacy, design and management of early childhood public education programs, and issues and trends in early childhood education. Some courses require fieldwork to help students apply research-based principles related to the teaching and learning process in early education settings. 

Graduates of the program take on various teaching and leadership roles in the field of early education within the greater Los Angeles community, including:

  • Classroom teachers in pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and the primary grades
  • Site supervisors/principals of children’s centers in local school districts
  • Directors of Head Start centers
  • Community college instructors
  • Service coordinators and supervisors in community-based organizations that support young children and their families
  • Early education experts and advocates for young children and their families

Student Voices

portrait of past student

At the professional level, this program has expanded my views and knowledge about teaching and working with young children. The program curriculum has allowed me to develop a deep and better understanding of young children, their socio-emotional-physical-educational needs, the best practices, and how best to support them. I believe the program has prepared me to be a better teacher and to become an advocate for young children. At the personal level, this program has given me the unique opportunity to meet and develop friendships with great people who care a lot about education and young children. 

  • The program allowed me to develop as a professional. I was able to use much of the research information and apply it to my teaching.
  • Extraordinary instructors who perform with professionalism and are knowledgeable, flexible, patient and understanding.
  • The best thing about the program is the community of classmates and professors formed during the program which allowed us to share experiences and knowledge and learn from each other.