Early Childhood Education MA

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.

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.) 30 units
  • Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated

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.

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