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  Nov 25, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education


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Locations

Pasadena, Online, San Jose, and off site locations

*The availability of off-site locations depends on enrollment

Program Overview

Pacific Oaks’ M.A. degree in Early Childhood Education prepares graduates to integrate Pacific Oaks’ transformative approach to early childhood education into leadership roles in public schools, child care programs, state agencies, and a variety of nonprofits serving children and families. This M.A. degree does not qualify a student for a CA K-12 teaching or service Credential.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate national trends, theory and research-based educational and administrative practices in early childhood education leadership.
  2. Conduct observations for typically and atypically developing children in an early childhood setting. Utilize and evaluate various assessment tools and inquiry strategies to assess potential cultural bias and stereotypes.
  3. Generate, implement, and evaluate educational curricula for the cognitive, social, and emotional needs of students in an early childhood environment.
  4. Identify concerns evident in the classroom and formulate solutions to address these concerns. Advocate for children and families in the resolution of them.
  5. Design and implement outcome- based learning experiences using action research for the teaching and learning of students in an early childhood classroom.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking and creative processes through an ethical and professional decision-making working with children, families, communities and educational leadership in the early childhood field. Evaluate the impact of these decisions.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official Transcripts from All Institutions Attended

Admission Standards

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in Early Childhood Education or Child Development*

*Students who do not have a B.A. in either Early Childhood Education or Child Development are admitted based on completion of approved courses from a regionally accredited college/university.

Please note: Prior coursework will be evaluated as part of the Admissions process.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to submit the Petition for Degree Completion and fee to the Office of the Registrar the semester before they anticipate completing their degree requirements. Students must submit the application, settle all outstanding fees with the Student Finance Office, satisfy any deficiencies, and be in good standing in their program for the degree to be awarded.

Please Note: A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Number of Admit Terms per Year:

Ground (3)

  • Fall Session I*
  • Spring Session I*
  • Summer Session I*

*Dependent upon enorllment, options available each term

Online (6)

  • Fall Session I and II
  • Spring Session I and II
  • Summer Session I and II

Program Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution; OR bachelor’s degree or higher (any major) and preferred prerequisite coursework in: (1) social, emotional, and moral development in early childhood Education, and (2) methods and research related to the observation of young children.

All 30 units of Pacific Oaks course work must be taken to fulfill the requirements for the M.A. in Early Childhood Education.

All ground courses are considered Blended as each has an online component (Canvas and Taskstream).

Curriculum


Students still requiring further coursework to complete bachelor’s degree requirements will work with their faculty advisor to add further electives to their coursework to complete requirements.

Trauma Studies Specialization (12 units required)


Today’s young children can face an enormous amount of trauma in their lives so it is more important than ever that early childcare education providers understand how to detect the signs and symptoms of trauma stemming from life events like divorce, death, domestic violence, child abuse, deployment, and immigration. The Early Childhood Education Trauma Specialization equips students with the knowledge, tools, and techniques to help guide and support children facing tremendous strain at a highly impressionable time in their lives.

For nearly 70 years Pacific Oaks has played a crucial role in the development of early childhood education in the United States. The Early Childhood Education Trauma Studies Specialization will provide students with an advantage and focused area of study that allows them to acknowledge the life experiences of, attend to children’s needs, and assist in finding the right help for children and families in crisis.

Organizational Leadership and Change Specialization (15 units required)


Pacific Oaks’ M.A. degree in Early Childhood Education with Organizational Leadership and Change specialization prepares graduates to integrate Pacific Oaks’ transformative approach to early childhood education into leadership roles in public schools, child care programs, state agencies, and a variety of nonprofits serving children and families.

The specialization in Organizational Leadership and Change is based upon the theory that leadership requires knowledge, skill, and deep self‐knowledge to be authentic, and that authentic leadership is essential to creating organizations with sustainable value. Graduates from our M.A. in Early Childhood Education with Organizational Leadership and Change specialization will understand that establishing responsible and ethical relationships, valuing and respecting each individual, and leading with passion and purpose are all necessary to insure that organizations achieve goals that are aligned with the public good.

Through the development of management and leadership competencies grounded upon respect for human capacity, graduates will be prepared to become leaders of change, able to navigate the complexity and unpredictability of various organizations and to transcend cultural, political, and national barriers.

This M.A. degree does not qualify a student for a CA K‐12 teaching or service Credential

» Students pursuing the on‐ground course of study may also have the opportunity to enroll in

online courses.

» All School of Education program courses include an online component.

» The M.A. program provides the coursework required for the Director permit in the state of

California.

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