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Online Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies

The Online M.A. Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies program equips graduates with the knowledge, tools, and readiness to provide guidance and support to children facing trauma in their young lives.

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33 Units needed for completion

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Offered completely online

Online M.A. Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies

Students in the online M.A. Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies degree program will learn how to identify and address behavioral issues stemming from trauma in the classroom and childcare setting. Graduates can apply what they’ve learned to leadership roles in a variety of areas, including public schools, child care programs, state agencies, and nonprofits.
Several courses include a fieldwork component that involves observing or interviewing administrators in early childhood educational settings. Online students may complete these fieldwork experiences locally upon approval of the site, supervisor, and by the college. The Capstone Program Evaluation course requires engagement and evaluation of an early childhood education setting.

Online Master’s in Early Childhood Education Degree Programs

Sample Early Childhood Education Online Courses

Trauma, Culture, and Immigration

This online ECE course will explore trauma experienced by immigrant children and families. Topics will include the acculturation process, cultural identity and the strengths and challenges faced by immigrant families. Students will learn about both federal and state laws regarding immigration and learn about the problems immigrant families face. Students will also closely examine and understand the role of bias and racial discrimination in immigration experiences and its effect on families and young children.

Parent Incarceration and Its Impact

This online trauma studies course will prepare students to understand and implement developmentally appropriate teaching techniques to help children whose parent(s) may be incarcerated. Students will learn about the effects of the arrest and incarceration of a parent on a child. The student will understand the effects of the separation of the child from the parent both in the short or long term. Topics in this course will include the effects of incarceration on infants and young children (0-5). Students will examine the impact that custodial care has on young children. They will also examine the role that gender plays in a parent’s incarceration, and understand the different impact that it has on young girls and boys.

Trauma and Early Development

This online course will examine the different ways trauma can impact young children. It includes an understanding of the different facets of early childhood trauma and childhood symptoms and behaviors associated with exposure to trauma. Students will examine what causes stress in young children and will learn to identify services to young children who have been exposed to trauma. Students will learn ways of enhancing resilience in young children. They will study the latest research on this topic.


Admission Requirements

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in Early Childhood Education or Child Development*
  • *Students who do not have a B.A. in either Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Child Development are admitted based on completion of approved courses from a regionally accredited college/university.