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Early Childhood Studies, M.S. (Online)

CBU's online Master of Science in Early Childhood Studies prepares students for leadership roles in the field of early childhood education.

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Program Intro

CBU's M.S. in Early Childhood Studies advanced online degree explores the various facets of early childhood development, focusing on the critical years from pre-kindergarten to eight years old. Students will gain deep insights into child development, educational theories, program development and evaluation and evidence-based practices that shape early childhood education today.

30 Units

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12 Months to Completion

*with a full-time course load

$700 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your M.S. in Early Childhood Studies (Online) at CBU?

The Master of Science in Early Childhood Studies online graduate program offers an enriching educational experience for individuals passionate about shaping the future of young children. Graduates emerge with a deep understanding of early childhood development, a strong skill set and a commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of children and families.

Fulfill Credentialing Requirement

The proposed changes in the credentialing structure in California will create a system in which current teacher credential holders may apply 24 units of early childhood education to add a pre-kindergarten to third grade (PK-3) authorization to their credential. The units in this program would fulfill that requirement.

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Program Details

  1. Understanding of Early Childhood Development: Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of young children, enabling them to analyze and apply advanced theories and research findings in the field of early childhood development.
  2. Pedagogical and Leadership Skills: Students will develop pedagogical expertise and leadership skills for diverse early childhood contexts, ensuring they can design, implement and evaluate and lead effective educational programs, interventions and support services for children from birth to eight years old.
  3. Inclusive and Culturally Responsive Practices: Students will cultivate awareness and competence in inclusive and culturally responsive practices which enable them to create learning environments that respect and celebrate diversity. Students will develop skills to work collaboratively with families and communities, fostering positive relationships and supporting the development of all children.
  4. Worldview, Research and Advocacy: Students with examine issues related to children’s development using a Christian worldview and develop research skills enabling them to critically evaluate existing literature for the purpose of promoting children’s development. Additionally, students will develop advocacy skills to champion policies and practices that promote the well-being and rights of young children and their families.

ECH 530: 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.

ECH 535: 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. 

ECH 550: 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. 

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Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love.

Application Deadlines Fall Spring Summer
Priority May 15 November 1 March 1
Standard August 1 December 1 April 1

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Career Outlook

Graduates of the online Master of Science in Early Childhood Studies program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career paths, including but not limited to:

  • Early Childhood Educators: Teach and nurture young children in preschools, elementary schools or childcare centers.
  • Curriculum Developers: Design age-appropriate curricula and educational materials for early childhood programs.
  • Leaders in Early Childhood Settings: Lead, serve and support the development of organizations serving young children and families.
  • Child Advocates: Work with non-profit organizations or government agencies to advocate for children’s rights and well-being.

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Next Steps

Join a growing group of accomplished alumni who earned their degree while balancing career and family goals. To begin your journey at California Baptist University and connect with your God-given calling, request more information or apply today!