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Early Childhood: Inclusive Ed and Curriculum and Instruction (MS), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Online
This is a non-licensure program focused on young children, birth through age 8. Our courses offer constructivist and hands-on experiences so field work and a connection to young children in school is essential to completing our program.


Themes: Equity, diversity, social justice and Inclusion. Graduates leave with a deep understanding of practical strategies, curriculum and culture and are prepared to be leaders in early childhood communities.Study abroad: Explore early childhood centers, preprimary schools, and infant-toddler centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Study tour trips can be arranged.Summer Intensives: Learn about constructivist curriculum "big ideas": making learning visible, ecology, and reuse materials through our optional summer intensive at the Helen Gordon Center.Faculty: Faculty in the Curriculum & Instruction and Special Education departments are recognized for their commitment to innovative instruction, research and cross-departmental collaboration. Learn current theories and research from experts in the field.Whether you want to work with young children; advance to teacher leadership; build Head Start programs, preprimary schools, and infant/toddler centers; or provide other early childhood services, this master's degree will provide a strong background for your professional growth and development.This unique interdisciplinary master's program combines the strength and expertise of two departments, and allows you to specialize in one of three critical areas:

  • Constructivism
  • Infant-Toddler Mental Health
  • Early Childhood Special Education

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations in Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
  • Child Development in Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
  • Issues in Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
  • Action Research Proposal
  • Action Research Implementation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To be considered for admissions in the MS/MA in Early Childhood: Inclusive Ed and Curriculum and Instruction, candidates must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with:

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 OR
  • A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 (a minimum of 9 credits).

Experience working with young children and/or families is highly valued. We look for:

  • One or more years of work or volunteer experience in early childhood or related programs OR
  • Related fieldwork/practicum experience through a college program

Candidates must meet Portland State University's graduate level English language proficiency requirements.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    601 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 601 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    280 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 280 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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