Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Early Childhood Education, and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

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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:

  1. 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
  2. For the M.A. apply to the department by completing a department application, which can be accessed online at or by contact the graduate assistant at  Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
    1. 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.
    2. 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).
    3. 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.
  3. For the Credential: Apply to the Multiple Subject Credential Program by following the addition steps at Be sure to select the ECE program when you apply.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

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.

Level Two

Students are assessed on the quality of their culminating experience, E ED 895 or E ED 898.

Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Early Childhood Education, and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential — 48 units

Core (21 units)

E ED 709Early Childhood Education Curriculum in Pluralistic Society3
E ED 613Integrated Arts Curricula in ECE3
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
Educational Research6
Narrative Inquiry and Memoir in Early Childhood Education
Practitioner Inquiry for Administration of Early Childhood Curricula
Culminating Experience - Select one from the following:3
Field Study
Master's Thesis

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 738Reading/Language Arts and Second Language Acquisition,Reading Language Arts and Second Language Acquisition 13
E ED 746Teaching Practicum Phase I3
E ED 748Teaching Practicum Phase III6
E ED 758Teaching Practicum Seminar Phase III3
E ED 784Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics (CLAD Emphasis) 13
E ED 777Curriculum and Instruction in Science 13
E ED 786Seminar in Developmental Teaching and Learning3
E ED 787Teaching Social Studies Through the Social, Cultural, and Historical Foundations of Education,Social, Cultural, and Historical Foundations in Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction 13

Courses that also count toward the M.A.