The master’s degree program with an emphasis on early childhood education (birth – grade 3) engages educators in inquiry into the developmentally and culturally responsive practices that benefit the whole child. Practicing teachers have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of early childhood education in urban settings.

MA in Curriculum and Instruction – Early Childhood Education

The degree is designed for practicing educators who seek to combine their passion for educating young children (birth-grade 3) and desire to deepen their understanding of teaching to become teacher-researchers who improve practices and the profession of early childhood education.

What will the program look like?

Socio-cultural and constructivist theories frame the 36 credit hour program that aims to achieve high outcomes and life-long opportunities for birth-grade 3 learners in urban settings. Courses are offered in face-to-face, online or blended formats to allow scheduling flexibility for practicing professionals. Small class sizes provide graduate students with individual attention and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues.

Students will explore:

  • Curricular approaches in early childhood (e.g., Project Approach, Reggio Emilia, Montessori, HighScope, Creative Curriculum, Developmental-Interaction Approach (Bank Street), and Waldorf)
  • Research and theory behind play-based and inquiry-based teaching strategies
  • In-depth analysis of teaching and learning theories relevant to early childhood
  • Historical, philosophical and social contexts of education
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Social justice perspectives in education