Early Childhood Education MA

Provides educators with advanced knowledge and training in research, theory, and practice for working with children and families in multicultural and multilingual early childhood settings.

The program is housed in the Department of Elementary Education and is designed for educators working with children, 0 to 8 years old. The degree provides infant, toddler, preschool, primary grade, and community college educators, and early childhood
administrators with the skills and knowledge for teaching and leadership positions in the field of early childhood education. Courses taken for this program can qualify for Teacher and Administrator levels of the California Child Development Matrix.

ECE Foundation Courses - Required (9 units total)

  • EED 709 - Instructional Leadership and Program Curriculum Evaluation in Early Childhood Education

Take at least 2 of the following courses:

  • EED 708 - Language and Literacy in the Early Years
  • EED 700 - Early Childhood Socialization in a Culturally Diverse Community
  • EED 707 - Early Development and Learning in Diverse and Inclusive Settings
    [EDD 702 is a designated writing intensive course; see Written English Proficiency Requirement below for details.]

ECE Research Courses - Required (9 units total)

  • EED 717 - Narrative Inquiry and Memoir in Early Childhood Education
  • EED 801 - Practitioner Inquiry and Early Childhood Professional Development and Administration
  • EED 895 - Field Study OR EED 898 Master's Thesis

Electives (12 units total)

* Select 3 courses if taking all 4 ECE Foundation Classes

  • EED 704 - Play and the Artistic Lives of Children
  • EED 715 - Families in Early Childhood Settings and Communities
  • EED 721 - International Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    [EED 721 is a designated writing intensive course; see Written English Proficiency Requirement below for details.]
  • EED 806 - Organizational Development, Management, and Adult Supervision
  • EED 820 - Theory and Methods in Infant and Toddler Education
  • EED 850 - Mathematics and Science Inquiry for Children
  • EED 878 - Critical Perspectives and Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education
  • EED 899 - Independent Study

Other GCOE and university courses under advisement: (limit of 2 courses total)

  • EED 600 level courses (limit of 2 courses total)
  • A course in a department outside the Graduate College of Education: (3 units)
  • (with permission of advisor)
  • Coursework from recent SF State Multiple Subject Credential: (up to 12 units)

Note: Twelve units from the SF State Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program may be counted toward elective units within this degree. Only certain courses from the credential may be applied; consult with your advisor for details. Upon advisement, six units earned at another institution may be counted toward the degree. Courses can be counted from a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, upper division undergraduate courses, or graduate level coursework, only if these units were not used toward another
degree. In keeping with University requirements, courses can count toward the degree on the Advancement to Candidacy form only within a seven-year window.

Application Deadline

  • Applications for Fall Admissions, May 1st
    (if the due date is on a holiday or weekend, the form is due on the following business day)
  • Applications for Spring Admissions, November 1st
    (if the due date is on a holiday or weekend, the form is due on the following business day)

How to Apply

Cal State Apply ( https://www2.calstate.edu/apply ).

NOTE: The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications.

Program Requirements

  • Elementary teaching credential or the completion of a minimum in 12 units in professional course work relevant to early childhood education
  • Successful professional experience working with young children
  • Possession B.A. with 3.0 minimum GPA for the last 60 units
  • Education: Concentration in Early Childhood Education (M.A.) — minimum 30 units
  • Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Application Requirements

  • Statement of purpose:
    • A clear and well-organized statement of purpose that states the following:
    • Your professional competencies & goals, and your goals for graduate school and the future, as it relates to the Language and Literacy MA program
    • Your level of competency in languages other than English, if you are bilingual and/or bi-literate
  • Two letters of recommendation that include the following topics:
    • Your academic ability to pursue graduate work (from a professor or instructor)
    • Your professional experiences teaching young children or adults (from an administrator or other professional educators)
    • For the letters of recommendation please address the letters on letterhead to the Early Childhood Coordinators: Dr. Mina Kim and Dr. Daniel Meier
  • Transcript(s) from every college or university attended
  • Current and complete resume or CV

Confirm Admission Status

After submitting your applications you can confirm your admission status on your SF State Gateway account.


If you have questions about the admissions process please contact Dr. Mina Kim (minakim@sfsu.edu) and Dr. Daniel Meier (dmeier@sfsu.edu), Co-Coordinators of Early Childhood Programs,Elementary Education Department