Review & Notification

The Graduate Studies Office uses email as the official means of communication; applicants are required to maintain a current email address on file and check their email regularly. Please be sure to inform the Graduate Studies Office at of any changes in your email address and/or telephone number.  You may also check the status of your admission application by visiting the Applicant Self-Service webpage (please note that the Applicant Self-Service will be available to you a few days after you complete the Cal State Apply application).

The Admissions Committee will review all completed applications after the deadline. Your completed application and accompanying materials will be reviewed by the Early Childhood Education Admissions Committee after the application deadline. The Committee will then select applicants for a mandatory screening interview. You will be notified by email regarding the status of your application. You will either be invited for an interview or receive formal notification that you were not invited to an interview and are no longer being considered for admission to the program.

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 Fall 2024 mandatory Group Virtual Interview date will be posted by early-spring 2024. The interviews are typically held in mid-June.

Notices will be sent approximately 1 week before the interview. Since this date will be provided in advance, it is expected applicants will save-the-date and plan ahead for a potential interview.

Email notification indicating admission decisions will be sent 2 weeks after all interviews are completed. 


Candidates who are invited for admission will follow the Enrollment Services Steps for New Students to finalize their admission with the university.

Candidates will also be invited to a mandatory orientation meeting. During orientation, a Master’s program planner will be developed for each student and each student will be advised as to the appropriate sequence of classes. It is important that students attend carefully to the advised sequence of classes as course offerings are limited in the Master’s program. Many required courses are offered only one semester each year.