Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Early Childhood Education, and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
The 45 unit program includes the Master of Arts in Education, Concentration in Early Childhood Education and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. The MA alone consists of 30 units, but is designed to be taken concurrently with the Multiple Subject Credential. The M.A. courses courses provide students with advanced preparation in child growth and development, cultural and linguistic diversity, early childhood curricula, and 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 concentration in early childhood education is the completion of a thesis or field study.
Admission to Program
Application for admission to the program is a two-step process that should be completed simultaneously:
- Apply to the university for the M.A. and Credential: Complete the on-line CSU Mentor application. Follow all other requirements for admission to the university by accessing grad.sfsu.edu/.
- For the M.A. apply to the department by completing a department application, which can be accessed online at coe.sfsu.edu/docs/eed/documents/maappform.pdf or by contact the graduate assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
- a minimum of 45 hours of successful experience working with children, 30 hours in an elementary school classroom, and 15 hours working in a preschool setting.
- Submission of a written statement of purpose (2 page minimum) to the program co-coordinators. The statement of purpose should describe the applicant’s goals for seeking the MA, concentration 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).
- 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 the Credential: Apply to the Multiple Subject Credential Program by following the addition steps at gcoe.sfsu.edu/admission/multiple-subject-elementary-school-teaching-credential-admissions. Be sure to select the ECE program when you apply.
Written English Proficiency Requirement
Applicants are assessed on the application essay based upon the early childhood education program’s criteria. The evaluation rubric considers: (1) mechanics and style; (2) coherence and argumentation; and (3) content, i.e., the relevancy of applicants’ experience and goals for the program.
Depending on their essay scores, applicants are either admitted, admitted conditionally, or not admitted. Applicants admitted conditionally are required to earn a minimum grade of B in two program approved writing intensive courses, E ED 707 and E ED 721.
Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Early Childhood Education, and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential — 48 units
Core (21 units)
|E ED 709||Early Childhood Education Curriculum in Pluralistic Society||3|
|E ED 613||Integrated Arts Curricula in ECE||3|
|or E ED 615||Environmental Education in ECE|
|Child Development - Select two courses from the following:||6|
|Social, Emotional, and Physical Development in Early Childhood Education Sociocultural Contexts|
|Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Education Sociocultural Contexts|
|First and Second Language Development in Early Childhood Education|
|Narrative Inquiry and Memoir in Early Childhood Education|
|Practitioner Inquiry for Administration of Early Childhood Curricula|
|Culminating Experience - Select one from the following:||3|
Multiple Subject Credential Courses (27 units)
The MA:ECE will accept 12 units of coursework from the Multiple Subject Credential Program (these courses are double counted for this MA because they are credential courses. Students will also need to enroll in the following required MSC courses to complete a Multiple Subject Preliminary California Credential to teach in Elementary Schools.
|E ED 738||Reading/Language Arts and Second Language Acquisition,Reading Language Arts and Second Language Acquisition 1||3|
|E ED 746||Teaching Practicum Phase I||3|
|E ED 748||Teaching Practicum Phase III||6|
|E ED 758||Teaching Practicum Seminar Phase III||3|
|E ED 784||Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics (CLAD Emphasis) 1||3|
|E ED 777||Curriculum and Instruction in Science 1||3|
|E ED 786||Seminar in Developmental Teaching and Learning||3|
|E ED 787||Teaching Social Studies Through the Social, Cultural, and Historical Foundations of Education,Social, Cultural, and Historical Foundations in Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction 1||3|
Courses that also count toward the M.A.