Early Childhood Education MA Admissions

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 - Early Childhood Education Curriculum in Pluralistic Society

Take at least 2 of the following courses:

  • EED 708 - First and Second Language Development in Early Childhood Education
  • EED 700 - Social, Emotional, & Physical Development in Early Childhood Education, Sociocultural Contexts
  • EED 707 - Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Education Sociocultural Contexts
    [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 for Administration of Early Childhood Curricula
  • 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 - Children's Play Development in School & Community
  • 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 - Leadership, Adult Supervision, and Advocacy
  • EED 820 - Seminar on Infant-Toddler Group Care Educational Programs
  • EED 850 - Seminar in Early Childhood Mathematics and Science Curriculum
  • EED 878 - Multicultural Educational Theory and Practice for the Young Child

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)

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

  • Online Graduate Application 
  • Application fee $55 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report (international students only)

See Step 1 below for instructions.

  • Department application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcript(s) from every college or university attended
  • Resume or CV

See Step 2 below for instructions.


How to Apply:

Download the program application form


Step 1: Application to Division of Graduate Studies 

You must first apply to the university through the Division of Graduate Studies. If you are a US resident follow the Domestic Students procedure. If you are a non-US resident follow the International Students procedure.

1. Apply to graduate study through CSU Mentor, SF State's online application system (this will link you to CSU Mentor). The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications. The application fee is $55 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.

2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:

  • 2 copies of official transcript(s) from every College or University attended
  • $55 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University

 

Send the above documents to:
San Francisco State University
Graduate Admissions, ADM 254
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132-4158


Go to Domestic Admissions page of Division of Graduate Studies website
 

1. Apply to graduate study through CSU Mentor, SF State's online application system. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs. The application fee is $55 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.

 

2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:

  • Official academic documents from every college or university ever attende
  • TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Financial Statement/Medical Insurance Form
  • $55 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University.

 

Send the above documents to:
International Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132
USA


Go to International Admissions page of Division of Graduate Studies website

Step 2: Application to Elementary Education Department

You must also apply directly to the specific department within the Graduate College of Education for this program.

Applicants to this program must submit the following:

  • A completed EED department application form (You can also pick one up from Burk Hall 179)
  • A clear and well-organized statement of purpose that state 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 laguages 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 educator)
    • For the letters of recommendation please address the letters on a letterhead to the Early Childhood Coordinators: Dr. Mina Kim and Dr. Daniel Meier
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from every college or university attended.
  • Current and complete resume.

Send to:
San Francisco State University
Department of Elementary Education, GCOE
1600 Holloway Ave, BH 179
San Francisco, CA 94132-4158
Attn: Assistant to the Masters Coordinators


Step 3: Confirm Admission Status

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


Questions?

If you have questions about the admissions process please contact the Elementary Education Department at (415)338-3413 or gradeed@sfsu.edu.