Child Development and Education

The CDE Program for practitioners seeks to form early childhood educators and specialists (preschool and primary school teachers and administrators, child development consultants, and researchers) who can effectively blend theory and practice in creating positive learning opportunities and experiences for young children to promote their total development.


The MAE-CDE Curriculum thus intertwines four areas of learning: foundational subjects, psychology and counseling, specialization subjects, and research. These areas are studied from and integrated by a perspective that views the family as the first school and parents as the primary educators of their children. The program leads to a degree of Master of Arts in Education, major in child Development and Education (MAE-CDE). Participants can complete the program in two years without having to give up or be released from their jobs. They must earn 42 units (36 units of coursework and 6 units of thesis writing) to be eligible for graduation. Below is a list of courses under the MAE-CDE Program.

  • Educational Research and Statistics
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Psychology of Teaching and Learning
  • Theories and Approaches in ECE
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Young Learners
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction in ECE
  • Organization and Management of Early Childhood Programs
  • Work and Society
  • Thesis Writing I & II / Research Seminar I & II

Application Process

Applicants shall pay the admission processing fee (Php 500) at the UA&P Accounting Office and shall submit the following documents: a) Accomplished Application Form, b) 2 Letters of Recommendation, c) Official Transcript of Records, d) Curriculum Vitae, e) 2 Copies of 1.5″ X 1.5″ and 2 Copies of 1″ X 1″ ID Pictures, f) Letter of Application to the Program Director, and g) Essay on the Purpose of Study

All applicants are required to take the Graduate Level Test administered by the Center for Educational Measurement (CEM) in Makati City and undergo an interview in person. Scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants. Fore more information, you may download the MA Education Brochure.

Contact Information

School of Education and Human Development
University of Asia and the Pacific
7/F APEC Communications Building
Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center
Pasig City 1605, Philippines
TELEPHONE: +63 2 637 0912 loc 271 or 378