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Education - Educational Psychology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
The MA in Education - Educational Psychology program at California State University Northridge offers two emphases: (1) Early Childhood Education and (2) Development, Learning, Instruction and Evaluation. Students must take prerequisite courses before formal admittance to a master’s program.


The specific objectives of the MA in Education - Educational Psychology and an emphasis in Early Childhood Education (ECE) are:

1. To prepare students to assume leadership positions in early childhood care and education in a variety of educational, health and mental health-settings institutions concerned with children from the prenatal stage through age 8. Academic career choices of students selecting this emphasis typically include:

  • Instructor of child development courses in community colleges.
  • Parent educator in public adult education or in a variety of private settings.
  • Specialist working with hospitalized children and in programs serving families with high-risk infants and young children.
  • Coordinator of community program services for young children and their families.
  • Lead teacher, supervisor or director of programs.
  • Child advocate working in various social policy agencies.
2. To prepare students to enter doctoral programs in early childhood education with a view to teaching at the university level, conducting research in child development, planning and administering programs, or developing public policy.3. To provide students with knowledge of child development, adult-child interaction, cultural and language diversity, and biological and environmental factors influencing families and their young children and community staff-family collaborations.This program offered by California State University Northridge is aligned with the Professional Standards for Advanced Students (master’s level) as specified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in concert with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Principles
  • Human Development: A Life-Span Perspective
  • Issues, Theories and Current Practices in Early Childhood
  • Foundations of Developmental Curriculum for Early Childhood
  • Field Work in Early Childhood
  • Collaboration with Families in Educational Settings
  • Partnerships for Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Complete University application and requirements.

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted.
  • If cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, score at or above the 50th percentile on one of the three sections of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (i.e., verbal, quantitative or analytical) or on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants to the School Psychology Program are required to take the GRE or MAT.
  • Pass Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam by earning a score of 8 or higher.
  • Tuition Fee

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      8322 USD/year
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      8322 USD/year
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      Based on the original amount of 8322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
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