M.Ed. Early Education (32 units)

The Master of Education degree in Early Education is designed for early childhood educators specializing in the learning and developmental needs of children aged birth through 8 years. Candidates in the early education focus have the ability to tailor their program to meet their professional goals. For example, if leadership at a district or pre-school site is a goal of the candidate, his/her program can include coursework focused on developing their leadership skills. Enhancing understanding of curriculum development and refining instructional strategies to support all early learners is a common theme throughout the program.


  • CURR321 Research Methods and Application (3)
  • CURR341 Preparing Students for the 21st Century (3)
  • CURR343 Curriculum for the 21st Century (3)
  • CURR345 Teacher Action Research (3)
  • CURR384 Writing a Literature Review (2)

  • CURR344 Lesson Study (2)
  • ECED385 Masters Project in Early Education (4)
  • Personalized ECED Electives* (12)
  • *ECED Electives-M.Ed. Early Education candidates will work with an advisor to determine a course of study that matches the candidate's goals.

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Admissions Criteria

Two recommendations are required to be accepted (one must be from a current employer). The TCSJ Graduate Studies Department will contact your recommenders once your application is received and provide them with a link to an online recommendation form.



Teachers College of San Joaquin is approved by the California State approved Agency to enroll veterans and other eligible persons.

TCSJ will maintain a written record of the previous education and training (e.g. transcripts) of veterans and eligible persons. The record will clearly indicate if credit has been granted and candidates will be notified accordingly per 21.4253 (d)(3)