MA, Education, Leadership in Early Childhood Education
Master of Arts in Education, Leadership in Early Childhood Education
This is the ideal advanced degree for students interested in becoming an administrator, director, or college instructor of early childhood education programs. The Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Leadership in Early Childhood Education allows graduates to develop innovative curricula and evaluate programs using standards set by the National Association for Education of Young Children. It focuses on theories, issues and trends in the system as well as the development of fiscal planning skills, marketing, human resources and leadership abilities necessary for managing an early childhood program. In addition to Leadership in Early Childhood Education alternative emphasis areas for the Master of Education degree include:
Program Learning Outcomes
- Leadership and Program Quality: Analyze the effectiveness of an Early Childhood Education program based on NAEYC standards.
- Research: Evaluate the various educational research paradigms and develop a theoretical research project utilizing one or more of the methodologies.
- Democratic Schools: Apply democratic principles to an authentic educational context.
- Global Perspectives: Analyze best practices of global educational systems.
- Learning Theory: Utilize theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
- Curriculum Design: Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
- Ethics: Analyze issues and make ethical decisions within an educational context.
Admission to the program may be achieved by meeting the following requirements:
- Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admission section).
- Applicants using Admission Option Two must possess a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 in the last 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential to be admitted to the Master of Arts in Education degree program and must have a passing score on one of the examinations noted below:
Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5.
Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
- State Teacher Examinations: successfully complete the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), or Single Subject Assessments for Teaching (SSAT) and/or Praxis Examination.
- Applicants who have successfully completed any of the Brandman University Preliminary Credential programs and have passed the CSET, MSAT, SSAT or PRAXIS examination automatically qualify for admission to MAE program.
- Applicants to the MAE/Educational Leadership must submit a resume and a letter of intent, indicating their purpose in acquiring this degree and potential career goals.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic/professional ability to undertake graduate study.
- Applicants to the MAE/Leadership in Early Childhood Education emphasis must hold one of the following certifications: California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit, Multiple Subject Credential, Single Subject Credential-Home Economics, Child Development Associate Credential or a comparable credential.
- Prospective students intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents to do so.
Core Courses (18 credits)
||Research and Evaluation Methods
||Democracy, Education and Social Change
||Seminar in Learning Theory
||Seminar in Comparative Education
||Seminar in Social Foundations of Education
||Seminar in Curriculum Studies
*EDUU 600 is a prerequisite for all other core courses and candidates are advised to follow this structure.
Emphasis Required Courses
||Foundations of Leadership in Early Childhood Settings
||Public Policy and Fiscal Planning for Early Childhood Leaders
||Leadership and Human Resources in Early Childhood Settings
||Early Childhood Program Evaluation: Capstone
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