Master of Early Childhood Education

The Master of Early Childhood Education is a pathway to become a more effective early childhood education leader and change agent. The program engages candidates in opportunities, based upon Universal Design for Learning (UDL) theory, to gain the skills and knowledge to advance and advocate for the field of early childhood education.

Candidates develop an in-depth area of student for increasing competency as an INSPIRED educator. Evidence of professional growth is presented in a portfolio capstone. Candidates develop a personal teaching growth plan that is grounded in both historical and current practice as well as professional ethics to create a pathway for continuous growth and to advance the field. The inquiry based approach to learning integrated throughout the program allows candidates to develop a line of practitioner inquiry to support and implement exceptional experiences for ALL learners while advancing the field.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate effective early childhood practice using critical thinking skills, active self-reflection and professional standards.
  • Examine the impact of evidence based practices and policies on children, family, schools and community.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills to promote and advance the field of early childhood education for children, families, educators and community.


To receive a Master of Early Childhood Education students must complete 45 quarter units of graduate work. ATP 600 and ATP 699 must be taken at National University. A total of 4.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree.
Requirements for the Major (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):