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Early Childhood

Master of Arts in Education

Make an impact that will last a lifetime through the online Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in Early Childhood at Concordia University Irvine.

The M.A.Ed. Early Childhood program provides research-based, professional preparation for creating engaging learning environments with children from prekindergarten (preK) through 3rd grade. Our curriculum has been designed to meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirement of 24 units of early childhood education coursework for multiple subject credentialed teachers to be eligible to teach transitional kindergarten (TK) classes in public schools.

Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, or curriculum specialist, this graduate degree program will prepare you to create engaging and effective learning environments in the early childhood setting.


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Preparing Professional Educators

This graduate program equips teachers, administrators, and leaders for excellence in early childhood education. Those seeking this type of degree include:

  • Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Teachers: Fulfills the CTC requirement of 24 units in early childhood education.
  • Early Childhood Directors: Fulfills the California Child Development permit 12F level.
  • Multiple Subject Teachers: Specialize in child development and effective teaching strategies for students PreK-3rd grade.
  • Private Elementary School Teachers: Provides specialized knowledge to teach lower elementary school grades.
  • Administrators & Curriculum Specialists: Gain expertise in early childhood education while earning a master’s degree.

MAEd Term Start Dates

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Spring 1 January 6, 2025

Complete your M.A.Ed. in Early Childhood by enrolling in our fully online, asynchronous program. This asynchronous learning environment provides the flexibility ideal for busy educators. Our fully-online courses require no face-to-face, on-campus sessions or required synchronous sessions. This accommodating modality consists entirely of online elements that facilitate student interactions with the innovative content, the instructor, and with other online learners.

School of Education

Concordia's School of Education prepares educators at all levels. We offer a broad range of undergraduate programs, teaching credentials, master's degrees in education and educational leadership, and an Ed.D. in Leadership with multiple specializations. Classes are small and focused on the development of critical, independent thinking and are taught by experienced Christian faculty members. 

The School of Education enjoys an excellent reputation in the academic community as thousands of graduates lead in schools throughout the region. Students gain targeted knowledge and proficient skills to connect, care, collaborate, and create in their unique role in education. Our goal is to equip students to pursue opportunities and advance their career.

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Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Early Childhood M.A.Ed. program, you must have the following:

  1. A valid bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Official transcript copies from the institution that granted your highest degree
  3. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better
  4. Letter of Intent

You must also submit an online application (including a $50 non-refundable application fee).

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