24 months
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
671 USD/credit 15097 USD/year
444 USD/credit 9990 USD/year
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This is a non-licensure program focused on young children, birth through age 8. Our Early Childhood - Inclusive Education courses offered by Portland State University offer constructivist and hands-on experiences so field work and a connection to young children in school is essential to completing our program. 

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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 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 in Early Childhood - Inclusive Education at Portland State University 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 

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  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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45 alternative credits



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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 OR

The ability to organize and complete volunteer and/or work experience during your time in the ECE degree program

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    15097 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 671 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9990 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 444 USD per credit during 24 months.


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