Best graduate schools for early childhood education in California

This rewarding discipline focuses on the development and education of children from birth to age 8. A graduate-level curriculum in early childhood education focuses on in-depth development, research, and policy advocacy. Check out the best early childhood education programs below and the methodology behind how we ranked them. 

Our master’s in early childhood education rankings cover 115 of the 147 universities available, accounting for 93% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $49,054.

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#1 in California | #27 in Early childhood education nationally

Saint Mary's College of California

Moraga, California

Economic score: 0.38

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $61,957

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $29,449

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $44,417

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.72

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in California | #30 in Early childhood education nationally

California State University-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.40

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $38,289

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $5,781

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $17,985

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.47

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in California | #32 in Early childhood education nationally

National University

La Jolla, California

Economic score: 0.40

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $47,270

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $14,762

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $27,499

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.58

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in California | #61 in Early childhood education nationally

Pacific Oaks College

Pasadena, California

Economic score: 0.54

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $54,126

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $21,618

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $49,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.91

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in California | #89 in Early childhood education nationally

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

Economic score: 0.69

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $46,478

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,970

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $45,675

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.98

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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Los Angeles, California

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Sacramento, California

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