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 Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Two letters of recommendation. From individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic/professional ability to undertake graduate study.
  2. Two waiver forms.
  3. Current Resume. Only required for MAE Educational Leadership (MA.EDUC.EDL)
  4. Letter of intent: indicating their purpose in acquiring this degree and potential career goals. Only required for MAE Educational Leadership (MA.EDUC.EDL)
  5. *Applicants to the MAE Leadership in Early Childhood Education (MA.EDUC.LECE) 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
    • Comparable credential

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 Teaching and Learning (MA.EDUC.TL) must hold: Valid California Multiple or Single Subject SB 2042 Professional “Clear” Teaching Credential earned through a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved 2042 BTSA Induction Program.

*Applicants to the MAE Leadership in Early Childhood Education (MA.EDUC.LECE) who hold Multiple Subject Credentials must complete at least 12 units of upper division early childhood coursework prior to admission

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – A GPA between 2.75 – 2.99
calculated 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.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

Core Courses (18 credits)

EDUU 600* Research and Evaluation Methods 3
EDUU 605 Democracy, Education and Social Change 3
EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory 3
EDUU 607 Seminar in Comparative Education 3
EDUU 608 Seminar in Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUU 609 Seminar in Curriculum Studies 3

*EDUU 600 is a prerequisite for all other core courses and candidates are advised to take this course first.

 

Emphasis Required Courses

EDUU 640 Foundations of Leadership in Early Childhood Settings 3
EDUU 641 Public Policy and Fiscal Planning for Early Childhood Leaders 3
EDUU 642 Leadership and Human Resources in Early Childhood Settings 3
EDUU 643 Early Childhood Program Evaluation: Capstone 3

 

Total Credits 12
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