Education - Transitional Kindergarten


Masters Degree

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Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    30
  • Cost Per Unit
    $655
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $20k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    12
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited

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Master of Science in Education: Specialization in Transitional Kindergarten



Overview

CBU Online’s Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) degree program is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of leadership required for professional excellence as trainers, teachers, school counselors and school psychologists, early childhood specialists, administrators, and designers.

The Master of Science in Education – Transitional Kindergarten degree program will give students both the broad and the specific skills to be a leader in the classroom. Transitional Kindergarten (TK) provides an opportunity for children who don't make the kindergarten age cutoff, to build the appropriate proficiencies to become school ready. The fully online 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 transitional kindergarten, 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 classroom development and profession, but also gain solid practical and personal skills necessary for work with children and families.

Demand for transitional kindergarten teachers is on the rise as more districts opt to incorporate TK into their schools. This program is designed for teacher’s who have completed a TK Certificate Program to receive block unit credit towards the program.* Whether an experienced teacher looking for a change, or a new educator fresh out of school, this program is designed to impart the knowledge and expertise needed to foster an effective learning environment where children can learn fundamental academics, while simultaneously developing maturity and confidence. The online Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) degree program at CBU Online provides the necessary coursework to build on individual strengths to achieve professional goals in education.

Student Testimonials

The Master of Science in Education – Transitional Kindergarten degree program is designed to take students through a journey that embraces personal, professional, and spiritual transformation. Students graduating from the program will be equipped to address issues in a global context, with the ethical standards of a Christian heritage. In addition, students will leave the program with the capacity to self-reflect, think critically, lead and engage others, and make effective decisions.

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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 2020
EDU501 CE Session 1
08/31/2020
10/25/2020
Online N/A N/A Lobaina, Orlando
Fall 2020
EDU501 AE Session 1
08/31/2020
10/25/2020
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Fall 2020
EDU501 BE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Spring 2021
EDU501 AE Session 1
01/04/2021
02/28/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
EDU501 AE Session 1
08/30/2021
10/24/2021
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 2020
EDU521 BE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Gutierrez, Yxstian Alberto
Fall 2020
EDU521 AE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Farris, Shari Lee
Spring 2021
EDU521 AE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
EDU521 AE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
EDU521 AE Session 2
10/25/2021
12/19/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
EDU521 AE Session 2
03/07/2022
05/01/2022
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 2020
EDU522 BE Session 1
08/31/2020
10/25/2020
Online N/A N/A Farris, Shari Lee
Fall 2020
EDU522 CE Session 1
08/31/2020
10/25/2020
Online N/A N/A Fernandez, Aja K.
Fall 2020
EDU522 AE Session 1
08/31/2020
10/25/2020
Online N/A N/A Farris, Shari Lee
Spring 2021
EDU522 AE Session 1
01/04/2021
02/28/2021
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Fall 2021
EDU522 BE Session 1
08/30/2021
10/24/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
EDU522 AE Session 1
08/30/2021
10/24/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
EDU522 AE Session 1
01/10/2022
03/06/2022
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 2020
EDU525 BE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Baeza, Marco A.
Fall 2020
EDU525 AE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Spring 2021
EDU525 AE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Summer 2021
EDU525 BE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
EDU525 AE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2021
EDU525 AE Session 2
10/25/2021
12/19/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
EDU525 AE Session 2
03/07/2022
05/01/2022
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
Fall 2020
EDU534 AE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Duncan, Robin
Spring 2021
EDU534 BE Session 1
01/04/2021
02/28/2021
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Spring 2021
EDU534 AE Session 1
01/04/2021
02/28/2021
Online N/A N/A Norwood, Kathryn
Summer 2021
EDU534 BE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2021
EDU534 AE Session 2
06/28/2021
08/22/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff

Specialization Requirements* (12 units)

Complete the following:

Teaching Transitional Kindergarten I

Teaching Transitional Kindergarten I

Candidates complete a 4 course program of study in an approved Transitional Kindergarten Certificate Program. Students complete coursework related to all aspects of Transitional Kindergarten teaching, including curriculum, children?s development in the pre-kindergarten stages, working with families, observation and assessment, as well as field experience in the Transitional Kindergarten classroom. Evidence of satisfactory completion of 4 courses from approved Transitional Kindergarten Certificate Program is required to pass this course. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Enrollment in approved Transitional Kindergarten Certificate Program.


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2020
GRS520 AE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Purper, Cammy
Teaching Transitional Kindergarten II

Teaching Transitional Kindergarten II

Candidates complete a 4 course program of study in an approved Transitional Kindergarten Certificate Program. Students complete coursework related to all aspects of Transitional Kindergarten teaching, including curriculum, children?s development in the pre-kindergarten stages, working with families, observation and assessment, as well as field experience in the Transitional Kindergarten classroom. Evidence of certificate of completion from approved Transitional Kindergarten Certificate Program is required to pass this course. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: GRS520


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2020
GRS521 AE Session 2
10/26/2020
12/20/2020
Online N/A N/A Purper, Cammy
Spring 2021
GRS521 AE Session 1
01/04/2021
02/28/2021
Online N/A N/A Purper, Cammy
Fall 2021
GRS521 AE Session 2
10/25/2021
12/19/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
*Block Credit: 12 units awarded when Teaching Transitional Kindergarten Certificate completed. See Advisor for details.

Specialization Requirements (3 units)

Complete three units from the following:

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 2021
ECH530 AE Session 2
03/01/2021
04/25/2021
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2022
ECH530 AE Session 2
03/07/2022
05/01/2022
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 2021
ECH535 AE Session 1
01/04/2021
02/28/2021
Online N/A N/A Farris, Shari Lee
Spring 2022
ECH535 AE Session 1
01/10/2022
03/06/2022
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 2021
ECH540 AE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
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 2021
ECH545 AE Session 1
05/03/2021
06/27/2021
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 2021
ECH550 AE Session 1
01/04/2021
02/28/2021
Online N/A N/A Pryfogle, Pam
Spring 2022
ECH550 AE Session 1
01/10/2022
03/06/2022
Online N/A N/A Staff

Faculty

Cammy Purper

Cammy J Purper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education/ Program Coordinator of Bachelors in Early Childhood Studies

Office Phone: (951) 343-3935
Email: cpurper@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Dirk Davis

Dirk Davis, Ed.D.

Professor of Organizational Leadership/ Associate Vice President of Academics

Office Phone: (951) 343-3905
Email: ddavis@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Shari Farris

Shari Farris, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education/ Program Director of Masters in Education

Office Phone: (951) 343-2455
Email: sfarris@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Kathryn Norwood

Kathryn Norwood, Ed.D.

Professor of Education

Office Phone: (951) 343-2190
Email: knorwood@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Riste Simnjanovski

Riste Simnjanovski, D.P.A.

Associate Professor of Public Administration

Office Phone: (951) 343-3968
Email: rsimnjan@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for conditional admission; 2.75 GPA for unconditional admission consideration
  • 500 word personal statement covering these areas:

    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Why you are suited to be an educator
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University

Step 1:

Apply Online

Step 1a:

Complete the financial aid application: FAFSA
CBU FAFSA School Code: 001125

Step 2:

Your personal admissions counselor will contact you to assist with enrollment, registration and financing your education

Step 3:

Student will supply official transcripts to admissions counselor

Step 4:

Admissions counselor will meet with you to complete the registration process and provide an estimated financial aid award/education financing plan*

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.





*Student may begin class once this step has been completed

This serves as an admissions process general guide, may vary based on transfer units, test scores, etc. See your admissions counselor for your personal enrollment plan.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Live your purpose. Follow your passion. CBU Online is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Earning your degree at CBU Online is a short term investment with long term dividends.

  • A cost effective education with financial aid options
  • Apply for aid by completing the FAFSA, work individually with caring staff to explore financing options to complete your education
  • Grants, Scholarships, Veteran’s Benefits, Employer Tuition Assistance, Student Loans and Financing Plans available for those who qualify
  • Yellow Ribbon Military Friendly School

Find and secure the resources you need to finance your educational investment. CBU Online works hard to provide an affordable and valuable education. We can help you identify, understand, and seek qualification for a variety of financing and financial aid options.

The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov

CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125

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Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate a range of contemporary issues related to education from a variety of worldviews and perspectives.
  2. Develop and articulate a personal worldview.
  3. Develops and articulates a personal leadership philosophy.
  4. Analyze trends, issues, and research associated with education in general as well as within their specific specialization. 
  5. Examine principles of teaching that can be derived from psychological theories and research for both pedagogy and andragogy.
  6. Analyze educational systems in the global society using theories of teaching and learning.

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Phone: 951-343-3927
877-228-5657
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu

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Phone: 951-343-3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu

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Phone: 951-343-4236
Email: finaidops@calbaptist.edu

Student Accounts

Phone: 951-343-4371
Email: studentaccounts@calbaptist.edu

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Phone: 951-343-2190
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