Early Childhood Education (ECE) Research Guide: Overview

This web page lists resources in early childhood education (ECE), care, and development for young children from birth to appoximately age 5. The following resources may be of use to students in the departments of Child and Adolescent Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, Educational Psychology and Counseling, Special Education, and Psychology.

Early childhood study options at CSUN are listed at the bottom of this page.

CSUN Early Childhood Programs

The College of Education offers several study options for students who want to work with young children and their families:

  • EPC: M.A. in Education with emphasis in Early Childhood Education
  • EPC: Post-B.A. Certificate in Infant-Toddler-Family Mental Health
  • EPC: Post-B.A. Certificate in Parent-Child Specialization/Consultation
  • SPED: M.A. in Education with emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education
  • SPED: California Education Specialist Credential in Early Childhood Special Education
  • SPED: Post-B.A. Certificate in Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs/Birth to 8 Years

The Department of Child & Adolescent Development offers a Bachelor's degree program.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has two innovative programs for Head Start teachers:

  • FCS: B.S. This new program helps local Head Start teachers to earn a bachelor's degree. Scholarships are provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and classes are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. See press release dated 3/29/07.
  • Head Start - Higher Education Hispanic Partnership Project (HS-HEHPP). The Child and Family Studies Center is seeking to enhance the quality of Head Start services to the Hispanic community. Teaching staffs, who are of varied ethnic/cultural background, learn teaching strategies shown to be especially effective with the Hispanic clientele.

More Information

To learn more about information resources and database searching in Educational Psychology and Counseling, see the Web page http://library.csun.edu/guides/EPCresearchguide.

To learn more about information resources and database searching in Child and Adolescent Development, see the Web page http://library.csun.edu/Guides/CADV.