Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate Online Program

Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Curriculum and Instruction Online

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Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Curriculum and Instruction Online Masters Degree Overview

Our online program focuses on inclusive education for young children, birth through age 8. We believe that children and teachers construct knowledge, alone and in collaboration, through interaction with the social and physical worlds. Our early childhood courses reflect an inquiry-based, constructivist approach to teaching and learning.

We support reflective and responsive early childhood educators. Our graduates understand the role of development, diversity, and culture in the lives of young children and their families.

Our early childhood master’s program is interdisciplinary and inclusive. We combine the strength and expertise of two departments and allows you to specialize in one of three critical areas or combine them.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
100% online
Combination of online and on campus
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Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Curriculum and Instruction Online Masters Degree: Why PSU?

Online Learning: Develop skills in virtual communication. Collaborate with colleagues from around the nation and globe.

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

Innovative Practice: The program draws on the practice of educators at the Helen Gordon Child Development Center. Our curriculum includes anti-bias and inquiry-based education. Internships and practicum experiences can be arranged.

Study Abroad: Explore early childhood centers, preprimary schools, and infant-toddler centers around the world.

Summer Intensives: Learn constructivist curriculum such as making learning visible, ecology, and reuse materials through our optional summer intensive opportunities at the Helen Gordon Child Development Center.

Interdisciplinary Faculty: Core classes are co-taught. Faculty include early childhood faculty in the Curriculum & Instruction and Special Education departments.

University Support: PSU’s individual support resources and real-world applications incorporate the needs of the whole person. Our students are encouraged to nurture strong convictions and fearless confidence.

What can I do with an online Master's degree in Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Curriculum and Instruction?

Our graduates advance as leaders in their field. Graduates immerse themselves in inclusive early childhood programs, including preschools, infant/toddler classrooms, public programs, and Head Start centers. Other graduates have pursued careers in mental health, curriculum development, teacher mentorship, and a range of social and community organizations serving families.

Our graduates work as:

  • Early Childhood Educators and K-2 Teachers (including special education)
  • Pedagogical Leads and Directors
  • State level specialist and coordinators
  • Home Visitors and Home Visitor Supervisors
  • Faculty and professional development coordinators

Featured Courses

  • CI 561 Advanced Educational Psychology
  • CI 565 Theoretical Models of Curriculum
  • CI 567 Curriculum and Culture
  • CI 580 Theories of Instruction
  • CI 581 Issues in Education
  • CI 510 Guidance for the Classroom Teacher
  • CI 590 Action Research Proposal
  • CI 591 Action Research Implementation OR CI 501 Action Research Project


Electives vary widely depending on the individual and may be taken from programs outside of the department.


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

The Graduate Teacher Education Program is nationally accredited through the rigorous Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation process. Portland State University was the first university in Oregon to earn this distinction.

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