Education - Early Childhood


Masters Degree


Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    33
  • Cost Per Unit
    $634
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $21k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    12
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited

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Master of Science in Education: Specialization in Early Childhood Studies



Overview

The online Master of Science in Education specialization in Early Childhood Studies (MSE/ECS) degree program is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of leadership required for professional excellence as early childhood teachers, administrators and program specialists, as well as adult or parent educators in the early childhood field. This program will prepare candidates to excel in their career and calling by providing a purposeful balance between theories, research and practice.

CBU Online’s Master of Science in Education – Early Childhood degree program will give students both the broad and the specific skills to be a leader in early childhood. The program is designed to ensure students will graduate with a firm grasp of all the important skills and abilities necessary for leadership and excellence in the field of early childhood, including curriculum development, employee supervision and management, and program evaluation. Students will learn the concepts and information they need to understand the theoretical foundations of the early childhood profession, but also gain solid practical and personal skills necessary for work with children and families.

In the past decade, early childhood education has become widely recognized as important for children’s development. Increased emphasis on the importance of early childhood education has spurred the demand for high quality preschool programs and thus for early childhood professionals as well. The online Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood degree program at CBU Online provides the necessary coursework to build on individual strengths to achieve professional goals in the early childhood field.

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Master of Science in Education specialization in Early Childhood Studies degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively present information orally and in writing.
  2. Evaluate a range of contemporary issues related to education from different leadership and worldview perspectives and develop a worldview and leadership philosophy.
  3. Examine principles of teaching that can be derived from psychological theories and research for both pedagogy and andragogy.
  4. Examine multiple influences for curriculum development, and investigate procedures for organizing curriculum for effective learning.
  5. Apply educational research to the field of early childhood studies.
  6. Develop a broad foundation upon which to analyze educational systems in the global society.
  7. Apply the knowledge and skills that build productive relationships in order to mobilize necessary resources.
  8. Apply effective principles to manage employees, faculty, and staff.
  9. Evaluate research and theory regarding language acquisition and literacy skills in the early childhood period, and practice instructional and assessment strategies for early literacy and language development in young children, including the bilingual child.
  10. Examine critical theory and research related to prenatal development through age eight.
  11. Examine the process of program development, evaluation, and improvement in the early childhood setting with a focus on industry standards and best practice.
  12. Describe the “exceptional child” and apply educational practice to all areas.

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Course Requirements

Core Requirements (15 units)

Leadership, Worldviews and Contemporary Issues

Leadership, Worldviews and Contemporary Issues

Students will evaluate a range of contemporary issues related to education from different leadership and worldview perspectives and develop a worldview and leadership philosophy. Students are equipped with a foundational understanding of worldviews and leadership so as to be informed catalysts for change in education environments. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
EDU501 GE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Bowden, A. Greg
Fall 2017
EDU501 CE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Fernandez, Aja K.
Fall 2017
EDU501 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Hovey, Mitchell R.
Fall 2017
EDU501 BE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Crist, Mary F.
Fall 2017
EDU501 DE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Bowden, A. Greg
Fall 2017
EDU501 FE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Farris, Shari L.
Spring 2018
EDU501 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Fall 2018
EDU501 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Theories of Learning and Teaching

Theories of Learning and Teaching

Examination of principles of teaching that can be derived from psychological theories and research, including behavioral, cognitive, and social theories. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
EDU521 BE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Morris, Brian Richard
Fall 2017
EDU521 CE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Chan, Olivia K.
Fall 2017
EDU521 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Hovey, Mitchell R.
Spring 2018
EDU521 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Hovey, Mitchell R.
Summer 2018
EDU521 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
EDU521 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
EDU521 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Curriculum Theory and Development

Curriculum Theory and Development

This course is an overview of curriculum from the societal level to the classroom level and the experiences of the learner. Provides opportunity to explore development of the school curricula, K-12; to examine philosophical bases for curriculum development; and to investigate procedures for organizing the curriculum for effective learning. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
EDU522 AE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Hovey, Mitchell R.
Fall 2017
EDU522 BE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Cawthon, Sally E.
Spring 2018
EDU522 BE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Shields, Robert Corwin
Spring 2018
EDU522 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Summer 2018
EDU522 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
EDU522 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
EDU522 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Survey of Educational Research

Survey of Educational Research

An introduction to research methods in education. Provides opportunity to develop skill in interpreting research literature; to become acquainted with sources of research literature; to develop an understanding of the methodology of educational research; and to become a critical reader of research reports. An emphasis on the teacher as researcher will provide a basis for assignments. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
EDU525 CE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Fall 2017
EDU525 DE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Fall 2017
EDU525 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Crist, Mary F.
Fall 2017
EDU525 GE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A White, Guy E.
Fall 2017
EDU525 FE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Reardon, Catheryn Lynn
Spring 2018
EDU525 CE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Spring 2018
EDU525 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Summer 2018
EDU525 BE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
EDU525 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
EDU525 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
EDU525 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
EDU525 AE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
International and Comparative Education

International and Comparative Education

This course examines K-12 educational systems in the global society. Students will compare schooling in various societies and examine the history of their respective educational systems and how the systems were organized to meet the political, social and economic agenda of the 21st century. By examining different approaches to common problems, students will have a broad foundation upon which they can analyze and evaluate different strategies for problem solving educational issues. Students will develop their personal worldview of international education based on a Judeo-Christian worldview. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
EDU534 BE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Hubbard, Kristine A.
Spring 2018
EDU534 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Neipp, Daryl Alan
Spring 2018
EDU534 CE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Simnjanovski, Riste
Summer 2018
EDU534 BE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
EDU534 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
EDU534 AE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
EDU534 AE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
EDU534 BE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff

Specialization Requirements (18 units)

School, Family, and Community Partnerships

School, Family, and Community Partnerships

This course will examine family, community, societal, and cultural influences on children's schooling and learning and explore ways to create partnerships to support families and children. Emphasis is on the development of strategies for integrating family members and community resources into the learning process and addressing and overcoming barriers to partnerships. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
ECH530 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Crist, Mary F.
Spring 2019
ECH530 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Leadership and Supervision In Early Childhood Settings

Leadership and Supervision In Early Childhood Settings

This course will explore the early childhood administrator's role in staff development and human relations, including recruitment, hiring, retaining, training supporting and evaluation of personnel. This course will examine the importance of developing a program philosophy as well as the multi-level functions of supervision with an emphasis on understanding teacher development and reflective practice. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
ECH535 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Reardon, Catheryn Lynn
Spring 2019
ECH535 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Early Childhood Literacy and Language Development

Early Childhood Literacy and Language Development

This course will review significant research and theory regarding language acquisition and literacy skills in the early childhood period. Current instructional and assessment strategies for early literacy and language development in young children, including the bilingual child, will be explored. Techniques for involving and educating families will be investigated. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
ECH540 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
ECH540 AE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Development

Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Development

This course reviews theory and critical research relating to prenatal development through age eight. Classic theory and current literature concerning development in physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional domains will be examined. Students will analyze connections between critical theories, research, and best practices in early childhood programs. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
ECH545 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
ECH545 AE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Early Childhood Program Development and Evaluation

Early Childhood Program Development and Evaluation

The course will examine the process of program development, evaluation, and improvement in the early childhood setting with a focus on industry standards and best practice. Students will be introduced to measurement tools such as the Environment Rating Scales (ECERS), NAEYC Accreditation criteria, and the Program Administrators Scale (PAS). Students will utilize common assessments to develop action plans, and integrate their knowledge and understanding of program development and evaluation by creating a proposal for an early childhood program. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
ECH550 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
ECH550 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
The Exceptional Child

The Exceptional Child

The nature, determinants, adjustments, and problems of persons who have cognitive gifts and talents, cognitive delays, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and who have emotional or behavior disorders will be studied in conjunction with appropriate educational interventions in the mainstream classroom and other settings. The course will acquaint students with (a) characteristics and needs of children with disabilities that affect learning, (b) methods of assessing disabilities, (c) components of the Individual Education Program (IEP), (d) instructional strategies and materials including those appropriate for English language learners, (e) positive behavior support, (f) special needs of families of learners with disabilities, (g) agencies and professional supporting learners with disabilities, and (h) legislation, including Public Law 94-142, IDEA (Part B and Part H), the American Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ("Section 504"), as well as subsequent amendments relevant to special education. Ten hours of fieldwork is required. Approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to meet requirements for the credential. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
EDU541 CG Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A McNair, Kathryn
Fall 2017
EDU541 BG Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Crist, Mary F.
Summer 2018
EDU541 BG Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
EDU541 AG Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
EDU541 BG Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff

Faculty

Cammy Purper

Cammy Purper, Ph.D.

Program Director

Associate Professor of Education / Chair, Education / Director of M.S. in Education

Office Phone: (951) 343-3935
Email: cpurper@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Mary Crist

Mary Crist, Ed.D.

Professor of Education

Office Phone: (951) 343-3931
Email: mcrist@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Robert Crosby

Robert G Crosby, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: (951) 343-3976
Email: rcrosby@calbaptist.edu
Department: Behavioral Sciences
Dirk Davis

Dirk Davis, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President for Academics / Professor of Education

Office Phone: (951) 343-3905
Email: ddavis@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Elizabeth Morris

Elizabeth A. Morris, Ph.D.

Professor of Education / Associate Dean for OPS Assessment and Accreditation

Office Phone: (951) 343-3923
Email: emorris@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education
Kathryn Norwood

Kathryn Norwood, Ed.D.

Professor of Education/Dean of Assessment and Accreditation/ Distinguished Professor of the Year 2017

Office Phone: (951) 343-2190
Email: knorwood@calbaptist.edu
Department: Education

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for unconditional admission; 2.5 GPA for conditional admission consideration
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • 2 recommendations - Recommendation Form
  • 500 word essay covering these areas:

    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Long term professional goals
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University

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Step 3:

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Step 4:

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Step 5:

Admissions counselor will introduce you to your Academic “One Stop Advisor” to complete your academic degree plan and assist you in navigating your academic career to graduation.





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