Master in Early Childhood Education: Admissions


Admittance into the MA*/MS** in Early Childhood: Inclusive Ed and Curriculum and Instruction (online) is dependent upon completion of the application materials and admittance processes as follows.

*MS (Master of Science) does not require foreign language competency.
**MA (Master of Arts) indicates competency in a foreign language. The Department of World Languages and Literature administers the required foreign language examination.

Admission criteria

To be considered for admissions in the MS/MA in Early Childhood: Inclusive Ed and Curriculum and Instruction, candidates must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with:

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 OR
  • A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 (a minimum of 9 credits).

Experience working with young children and/or families is highly valued. We look for:

  • One or more years of work or volunteer experience in early childhood or related programs OR
  • Related fieldwork/practicum experience through a college program OR
  • The ability to organize and complete volunteer and/or work experience during your time in the ECE degree program

Candidates must meet Portland State University's graduate level English language proficiency requirements.

Application instructions

Applications are now open! By submitting a single application in our CollegeNet application system you will be considered for admission by your program as well as at Portland State University. This web based application system will allow you to input your personal information, upload materials, and track your application status from any online location. Select the name of your program in your CollegeNet application: "Early Childhood: Inclusive Ed and Curriculum and Instruction, Master" for Early Childhood: Inclusive Education and Curriculum & Instruction.

Application requirements

The following components are part of your College of Education application:

  • Statement of Purpose (500-750 words)
  • Resume (including all experience working with children)
  • Email addresses for 2 recommenders who can provide an honest appraisal of your interpersonal and professional qualities and ability to be successful in this field.
  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted by the College of Education for the program application. You must submit transcripts for all institutions previously attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree or not. If admitted, you must send official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to register for classes.
    Acceptable unofficial transcripts are:
    • Web-based transcripts downloaded from an institution: institution and student name must be visible on transcripts
    • Photocopies of official transcripts: these must include the front and back of all pages, including transcript key
    Previous applicants:
    • If you’ve previously submitted official transcripts to PSU, you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts to complete your application.
    After you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:
    Graduate Admissions
    Portland State University
    PO Box 751 (OGS)
    Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
    Electronic official transcripts should be sent to

Application deadlines

You may apply for any term. In the application, you will indicate which term you want to start taking courses. To validate your admission, you must take a course during the term in which you have requested to be admitted. Should you not take a course in that term, your application will be cancelled and you will need to reapply.

Current application deadlines.

The ​preferred deadline for applying to the program is 4-6 weeks prior to the start of term applied for. The application review timeline can vary depending on a number of factors but 4-6 weeks should provide enough time for your application to be fully reviewed by both the College of Education and the Office of Graduate Admissions and an admission decision made. If there are special circumstances that might require you to submit the application later than the preferred deadline, please contact the admissions specialist, Mark Wallace, to discuss your options.