Master in Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Curriculum & Instruction (Online)

Watch a recent program information session by early childhood faculty Ingrid Anderson and John Nimmo, and admissions advisor Elizabeth Synder. The next virtual information session will be Wednesday, February 6th at 5:00 pm (PST).

Watch a program information session by early childhood faculty Ingrid Anderson and John Nimmo, and admissions advisor Elizabeth Snyder.

Our fully online, master’s degree program focuses on inclusive education for young children, birth through age 8, and their families. We believe that children and adults construct knowledge, alone and in collaboration, through interaction with the social and physical world. Our early childhood courses reflect an inquiry-based, constructivist approach to teaching and learning, framed by the pursuit of equity.

We develop highly reflective and responsive early childhood educators and social service professionals who have a deep understanding of the role of development, diversity, and culture in the lives of young children and their families. While a practicum is not required, our classes include opportunities to apply your learning in your field. Graduates understand how to implement an inclusive approach, guided by a commitment to anti-bias education – they are prepared to be leaders!

Whether you are seeking leadership opportunities or looking to change your career path to focus on young children and families, our program will advance your professional growth. This 45 quarter-credit non-licensure program, completed at your own pace, enables you to specialize in one of three critical areas:

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

Our guiding values

Respect ~ Honoring our diversity, welcoming multiple perspectives, affirming equity
Participation ~ Engaging all members of the community
Constructing knowledge ~ Inquiring, experimenting, theory building
Listening ~ Paying close attention
Reflection ~ Thinking deeply, inviting transformation
Representation ~ Making learning visible in many possible languages
Collaboration ~ Having wonderful ideas together
Change ~ Leading and engaging together with children, families, and communities.

Unique opportunities

Online Learning. Engage in powerful discussions with colleagues in diverse professional settings, from around the nation and globe. Learning is accessible without the limitations of time and place.

Innovative Practice. Draw on the inspirational practice of educators at the PSU laboratory school, the Helen Gordon Child Development Center, focused on anti-bias and inquiry-based education. Internships and practicum experiences can be arranged.

Interdisciplinary Faculty. Learn from ECE faculty who are grounded in inclusive practice and research, and committed to innovation and collaboration.

International Study. Explore notable early childhood programs, currently in Reggio Emilia, Italy and Lima, Peru, through optional faculty-guided study tours.

Summer Intensives. Learn about social constructivist curriculum "big ideas" through our summer intensives on site at our lab school.

Action Research. Inquire into a question about your professional work that you feel passionate about though the culminating action research sequence.

Program costs, financial aid, and scholarships

Our fully online program offers all ECE degree students Reduced Differential Tuition (RDT), which is similar to in-state resident tuition, regardless of your location. The estimated total degree program costs can be found at COE Estimated Program Cost. Information on COE and PSU Scholarships and financial aid is also available online. Federal student aid is available for degree programs.

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