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Online Application Submission

General Admissions Process

  • Use Cal State Apply to file all application materials before the deadline  
  • Pay a non-refundable $70 fee 
  • Submit your official transcripts
  • Await notification
  • Applicants selected for a group interview will be notified by email, so be sure to check email regularly at the email address that you provide on your application. The group interview date will be posted in the Spring semester. Interviews are expected to be held in June 2022. 

If you have any questions or need help with the application process, please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office at

NOTE: The Verification of Teaching Experience form, Statement of Purpose prompt, and other required materials may be found under "Program Materials - Documents Tab in Cal State Apply"


Application Deadline

Completed applications must be submitted via Cal State Apply by the following deadline:

Fall 2022

Application period begins: October 1, 2021

Application due date: June 1, 2022*

Applications are not accepted after the deadline.

*Please note that international applicants (F1 or J1 visa) have an earlier deadline of April 1, 2022 for Fall 2022 consideration.

Cal State Apply Application

Use Cal State Apply to apply and be sure to complete all components of the application by the published deadline.

The Cal State Apply dashboard is divided into four sections:

  • Personal Information: contact information, biographic information and financial information, etc.
  • Academic History: colleges attended, GPAs, etc.; do not hand-enter transcript information
  • Supporting Information: enter “I am not adding any experiences”
  • Program Materials: statement of purpose, recommendations, etc.

Please refer the tutorial on the GSO Tutorials and Tips for Applying website for tips on filling out these sections of Cal State Apply. Please also refer below for detailed information for what documents to submit for the program materials.

Lastly, there is a non-refundable $70 application fee. Your application will not be processed until this fee has been paid. Please note that the CSU system does not offer a fee waiver for graduate level applications.

Important: you may only apply to one graduate program per CSU.  If you are unsure about which program is best for you, contact the Graduate Studies Office.

For technical assistance with Cal State Apply, please contact the Cal State Apply Help Desk:  (857) 304-2087, or visit the Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center.  Cal State Apply Application Support is available Monday – Friday, 6AM – 5PM PT.

Program Materials – Documents Tab in Cal State Apply

Section 4 of Cal State Apply application requires you to submit supplementary program materials for the Admissions Review Committee. Upload the following on the 'Documents' tab in the Program Materials section of Cal State Apply:

Statement of Purpose Prompt

Submit a three-page, double-spaced statement of purpose. Each question must be answered sequentially. The quality of the applicant’s essay is taken into consideration while making admission decisions. The statement of purpose should address the following three prompts: 

  1. Describe your personal and professional experience teaching and working with young children and families.

  2. Discuss your personal and professional goals in pursuing a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. How do you perceive the program helping you attain these goals?

  3. Explain the contribution you will make to the profession of early childhood education.

Need help with writing your Statement of Purpose? Visit our website for tips and resources: GSO Tutorials and Tips for Applying


Please upload the most recent copy of your résumé. 

Need help with updating your resume? Visit our website for tips and resources: GSO Tutorials and Tips for Applying

Supplemental Materials - Verification of Teaching Experience

Verification of Teaching Experience is required. Please upload copy of the completed Verification of Teaching Experience form

Copy of Unofficial Transcripts

Please upload an unofficial transcript from each university or college where you earned a baccalaureate, graduate degree and/or credential. 

Program Materials: Recommendations Tab in Cal State Apply

Be prepared to enter the name and email contact information for two people who will complete letters of recommendation for you in the ‘Recommendations’ tab in the Program Materials section of Cal State Apply. Recommenders should be familiar with your work, i.e., faculty members, supervisors, or mentors with sufficient experience to offer an informed and compelling statement of your skills and qualifications.  We encourage you to seek the strongest possible letters. Therefore, we suggest speaking with your recommenders before completing this section. 

Once you have entered and saved information for a recommender, an email request will automatically be sent to the recommender on your behalf. Please advise your recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.

Please also review these helpful tips regarding recommendations.

When specifying the Due Date, enter June 1, 2022

You may complete and submit your Cal State Apply application before your recommenders submit their letters.

Lastly, Cal State Apply allows you to enter a note to the recommender. Please copy and paste the instructions below to be included in the email request to your recommenders.

Please provide the following relevant to the applicant’s suitability for graduate study:

  • Academic abilities & intellectual capacity;
  • Personal qualities & maturity;
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people;
  • Experience teaching & caring for children;
  • Any additional topics that you believe are relevant to the applicant’s preparation and suitability for this graduate program. 
  • It is not necessary to address each of the topics noted above, especially if you do not have a basis for commenting on a certain area


This information has been updated and is final for Fall 2022.

If you have any questions or need help with the application process, please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office via email.