Elementary Education MA Admissions

The MA Concentration in Elementary Education is a continuation of the SFSU Multiple Subjects Credential Program.  This concentration is only available to students who have completed the San Francisco State Credential program no more than three years from the time they begin MA coursework.


1. Can I start the MA EED without a credential?

  • You must have successfully completed all requirements for the MSC Credential as part of the SFSU MSC program. 

2. How does the combined MA EED and Credential work?

  • 12 credits from your credential coursework will be applied toward the MA degree.  You must then complete 18 units of additional MA coursework, including a final project.
  • Coursework includes:
    • EED 769 Practitioner Research in Elementary Settings
    • EED 765 Elementary School Science
    • ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research
    • 6 units (generally 2 classes) electives chosen with approval from advisor
    • EED 895 Field Study (final project for degree)

3. How long will it take me to complete the MA degree? 

  • Upon completion of the SFSU Multiple Subjects Credential Program, students may complete the MA degree in three part time semesters (6 credits per semester) or one full time and one part time semester (12 credits/ 6 credits).  All courses are held in the late afternoon/ evening   to allow MA students to continue their studies while working as teachers.

4. How do I apply to the MA Concentration in Elementary Education?

  • Step 1: apply to the University through CSU Mentor (current MSC students: the application fee will be waived as you are applying for a change of program only; please contact the Elementary Education Office for details)
  • Step 2: complete a departmental application: EED Department Application Form
  • Current MSC students may make the following substitutions to the application packet:
    • You may submit an academic paper completed as part of the MSC program in lieu of a new statement of purpose; please note that your submission is used to evaluate your academic writing skills.
    • You may submit a formal evaluation from your Master Teacher in lieu of one letter of recommendation
    • One letter of recommendation MUST come from a professor who taught you an academic class as part of the MSC program.  They may complete the shortened faculty recommendation form and submit it directly to the Elementary Education Office

5. Who can I contact if I have questions?

  • If you are a current MSC student, please set up an appointment with your advisor.
  • If you have graduated from the MSC program within the past three years and are interested in completing the MA in Elementary Education
    Please contact: Dr. Stephanie Sisk-Hilton at stephsh@sfsu.edu
     

**Please note that this program is a continuation of the SFSU Multiple Subjects Credential Program.  It is only available to SFSU MSC program graduates within three years of completion.  Graduates more than three years past completion may contact the program coordinator about possible exceptions.

Application Deadline

For Fall Admissions: May 1st
(if the due date is on a holiday or weekend, the form is due on the following business day)

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

  • Successful completion of the SFSU Multiple Subjects Credential Program (current students may apply in the final semester of their MSC program)
  • Possession of B.A. with 3.0 minimum GPA for the last 60 units
  • Recommendations from a faculty member who taught the applicant an academic course in the SFSU credential program and a student teaching supervisor or Master Teacher
  • Writing sample that shows ability to engage in academic writing at the MA level

University Application

  • Online Graduate Application
  • Application fee $55 (this is waived for current students; please contact Elementary Education Office for procedures)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (current students do not need to re-submit transcripts)

Program Application

  • Department application form
  • Statement of purpose (current students may substitute a paper completed as part of the MSC program that shows academic writing at the MA level)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a member of the SFSU MSC program faculty and one from a master teacher, student teaching supervisor, or supervisor in a teaching setting)
  • Resume or CV

See Step 2 below for instructions.


How to Apply

Download the program application forms

EED Department 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:

Department of Elementary Education, GCOE
San Francisco State University
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.