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MA Early Childhood: Inclusive Education

This is a non-licensure program focused on young children, birth through age 8. Our MA 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.

Quick Facts

Part-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $732 per credit
Location: Online


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 MA 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

Courses Included

  • 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