BA/MA Early Childhood Education

BA—a minimum of 39 semester course credits and general BA requirements;
MA—a minimum of 25 semester course credits

The Accelerated BA/MA Degree Program (ADP) is designed for Mills students to earn a BA in child development and an MA in early childhood in five years. The program integrates a carefully designed curriculum that combines undergraduate and graduate specialized course work and field placements in child development with a broad background in the liberal arts and sciences. The undergraduate portion of the program requires students to complete the Mills College BA as child development majors (See undergraduate catalog for major requirements.) The +1 MA year begins fall of the student’s fifth year at Mills. Because of the heavy course load, students may opt to take some course work in their senior year to count toward the MA degree, provided those courses do not count toward the undergraduate degree.

Degree Requirements

EDUC 036/136Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children3
EDUC 155Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children3
EDUC 133Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs3
EDUC 134Research Methodology for Observing Children4
EDUC 137Language Development: Literacy, bilingualism, and communication3
EDUC 138Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning3
EDUC 160History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education3
EDUC 191ATheory and Practice of Early Childhood Education: Infancy/Young Children4-6
EDUC 191BTheory and Practice of ECE: Curriculum and Instruction for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs4-6
EDUC 176Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood Programs3
EDUC 194ASenior Seminar: Child Development3-4
EDUC 194BSenior Seminar: Child Development II3-4
Plan of Study Grid
Fifth YearHours
EDUC 234 Research Methodology for Observing Children 3
EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development 3
EDUC 294A Graduate Seminar: Research in Education—ECE 3
EDUC 203 Public Policy: Children, Youth, and Family Issues 2-4
EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning 3
EDUC 294B Research Seminar—ECE 3
EDUC 227 Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Education 4
EDUC 263 Administrative Practicum in Early Childhood Programs 3
 Hours24-26
 Total Hours24-26