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Education - Early Childhood or Primary Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The program is designed to enable students to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of children’s self-initiated and self-structured activities in their learning and development.
  • Improve their ability to plan developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum to address the developmental range and diverse characteristics of young children (birth to age 8).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of critical issues and trends in the field of early childhood education.
  • Demonstrate personal research skills and apply theoretical and research knowledge to practice in early childhood settings.
  • Engage in reflective inquiry and demonstrate professional self-knowledge.
  • Increase their ability to work with linguistically and culturally diverse children and families.
  • Demonstrate their ability to work collaboratively with peers/colleagues to achieve goals for children and families.
  • Increase their capacity to assume leadership roles in schools or programs serving young children and their families.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles and Practices of Curriculum in Urban Schools (3)
  • Research Methods in Education (3)
  • Seminar in Qualitative Research in Education (3)
  • Teaching for Cross-Cultural and Global Awareness (3)
  • Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Classroom: Needs and Opportunities (3)
  • Teacher Leadership in the Urban School: Issues, Trends, and New Directions (3)
  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Management of Early Childhood Programs (3)
  • Teaching STEM for Early Childhood (3)
  • Curriculum Procedures and Assessment in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • Preschool-Kindergarten Education: Language and Literacy (3)
  • School/Family/Community Partnerships in Urban Learning (3)
  • Current Trends, Issues, and Research in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • Seminar: Advanced Methodologies in Early Childhood Education (3)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL®PBT score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language.

Find English courses on Preparation Courses Portal.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 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).

General Requirements

  • Apply to the University through Cal State Apply by the program deadline
  • Apply to the Graduate Program through their Supplemental Program Application
  • Submit official academic records/transcripts from foreign institutions to IERF or WES; official academic records/transcripts from U.S. institutions, and other requested information, should be submitted directly to the Admissions Office.
  • Students must submit a written application to the Charter College of Education and the Division of Curriculum and Instruction (download the form from the Charter College of Education website). Two letters of recommendation from university faculty or professional references are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16248 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    16248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16248 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    8178 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8178 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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