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Masters in Early Childhood: Inclusive Ed and Curriculum & Instruction

This unique interdisciplinary master's program combines the strength and expertise of two departments, and allows you to specialize in one of three critical areas: 

You can also combine classes from each area in the Distributed Pathway.

This is a non-licensure program focused on young children, birth through age 8. Our courses offer constructivist and hands-on experiences so field work and a connection to young children in school is essential to completing our program.

Themes: Equity, diversity, social justice and Inclusion. Graduates leave with a deep understanding of practical strategies, curriculum and culture and are prepared to be leaders in early childhood communities.

Study abroad: Explore early childhood centers, preprimary schools, and infant-toddler centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Study tour trips can be arranged.

Summer Intensives: Learn about constructivist curriculum "big ideas": making learning visible, ecology, and reuse materials through our optional summer intensive at the Helen Gordon Center.

Faculty: Faculty in the Curriculum & Instruction and Special Education departments are recognized for their commitment to innovative instruction, research and cross-departmental collaboration. Learn current theories and research from experts in the field.

Whether you want to work with young children; advance to teacher leadership; build Head Start programs, preprimary schools, and infant/toddler centers; or provide other early childhood services, this master's degree will provide a strong background for your professional growth and development.

Key values

Respect ~ Honoring our diversity and welcoming multiple perspectives
Participation ~ Engaging all members of the community
Constructing knowledge ~ Inquiring, experimenting, theory building
Listening ~ Paying close attention
Reflection ~ Thinking deeply
Representation ~ Making learning visible in many possible languages
Collaboration ~ Having wonderful ideas together

You may also find information on available scholarships, financial aid, and estimated program costs at GSE Estimated Program Cost. Federal student aid is available for degree programs. 

For additional information contact gseinfo@pdx.edu.