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Graduate Program Application Requirements

Two applications are required:   

  1. Fresno State (apply at
  2. Kremen School                                                               

The following describes in detail the requirements for the Kremen School application.

Spring 2019 - Cal State Apply and program application deadline - November 1, 2018

Fall 2019 - Cal State Apply and program application deadline June 1, 2019

MA Education, Early Childhood Education

Program Application

Fill in the information and submit with required documentation. 

Proof of Application to Fresno State

  • Provide copy of Cal State Apply confirmation page as proof of application, or
  • Provide copy of unofficial Fresno State transcripts showing current enrollment.

Unofficial Transcripts

Provide a copy of all unofficial transcripts (or copy of official transcripts).

Minimum GPA of 2.75

Graduate program applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted and a minimum of 2.75 on any Post Baccalaureate work at Fresno State.

Complete a Statement of Purpose

This is a 1 -2 page, typed statement of your purpose for applying to the program.  Focus on your present situation and your short and long-term professional goals.  The form is included in the program application packet. 

Provide Three (3) Sealed Letters of Recommendation

Include letters of reference and rubrics from instructors, supervisors, or other individuals who are in a position to evaluate you in terms of your potential for graduate student in the program.  The rubric form is included in the program application packet.

Writing Competency

 You must meet this requirement by one of the following:

  • Obtaining a minimum of a 41+ on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) writing portion, or pass all sections of the entire test (provide copy).
  • Passing all 3 sections of the CSET Multiple Subject test and the Writing Skills test (provide copy).
  • Obtaining a minimum passing score on the Upper Division Writing Examination (UDWE).
  • Earning a grade of "B" or better in any "W" course taken at Fresno State.
  • Substitution request approved by the Graduate Coordinator for course taken at another institution.

For information regarding the UDWE, contact the Fresno State Office of Testing Services located in the Family and Food Sciences Building, Room 110 or call 559.278.2457.

To have courses that you have taken at another institution reviewed for substitution, please complete the Writing Competency Substitution form.


Please contact Program Coordinator, Dr. Heather Horsley for additional program requirements.

TOEFL Score - For international students only

If you are an International Student the TOEFL is a requirement for admission to Fresno State.  Verification of the TOEFL score is provided to the program by the International Admissions Office. 

 Early Childhood Specialist Credential

Advanced Credential Requirements

 In addition to the above requirements, credential applicants:

  • Must provide evidence of passing the CBEST.
  • Must provide copy of valid California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
  • Must verify with Program Coodinator your two years of experience at two levels of Early Childhood Education at the time the specialist credential is bestowed (credential only).
  • Must be qualified for ECE Master Teaching permit (BA/BS plus 12 units of ECE or Child Development and 3 units of supervised ECE Fieldwork or a valid Multiple Subject Teaching Credential).  Please contact the Program Coordinator for additional information.