Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Program Description

This 30-unit program consists of 7 required courses and a choice of 3 electives. The required courses provide students with advanced preparation in child growth and development, cultural and linguistic diversity, early childhood curricula, equity, and social justice, in addition to research methodologies. The program places a special emphasis on teacher research as a primary methodology of inquiry for all early childhood practitioners. Coursework also focuses on understanding child development within varied social and cultural contexts, culturally responsive teaching and curriculum development for diverse populations, and providing family and community support. The culminating experience requirement for the M.A. in early childhood education is the completion of a thesis or field study. Students are encouraged to be working or volunteering in ECE settings during their course of study.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the program requires the following:

  1. Apply to the department and the university by completing the on-line CalState Apply application. Follow all other requirements for admission to the department and university by accessing On CalState Apply, please submit a written statement of purpose (2-page minimum). The statement of purpose should describe the applicant’s goals for seeking the M.A. in Early Childhood Education, and describe the applicant’s level of academic and professional preparation for the degree. The content and writing skill demonstrated will be evaluated as part of the admissions decision and to determine if the candidate has met Level One Written Language Proficiency at admission (see below). Also, on CalState Apply, submit two letters of recommendation: one letter from an instructor addressing the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate-level work, and one letter providing evidence of recent work experience with young children. For help on applying, please go to
  2. Possession of an elementary teaching credential or the completion of a minimum of 12 units in professional course work relevant to early childhood education, including courses in child development and early childhood curriculum.
  3. A minimum of one full year successful experience working with young children.

IELTS Requirements

Listening Reading Writing Speaking Overall
6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5


  • Total 30 Credits program(Yearly tuition fee is given)
  • I20(Visa Letter) can be obtained only after submitting a bank statement with a balance of USD $40,160.
  • Score reporting required.

Course Features
  • Country United States of America
  • City San Francisco
  • State California
  • Course Duration 2 Year
  • Application fee 70 USD
  • Tuition fees per year 14,898 USD
  • Cost of Living per year 25,262 USD
  • Starting dates Fall & Spring
  • IELTS (Total) 6.5
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