ECE Master's Admissions

Early Childhood: Inclusive Education Online


Admittance into the MA*/MS** in Early Childhood: Inclusive Education (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.

Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admissions in the MS/MA in Early Childhood: Inclusive Education, 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.


First, check the application deadline for your program. To apply, create an account or sign into the Portland State University Admissions Application system. When prompted for the program, select "College of Education" as the College, and then "Early Childhood: Inclusive Ed and C&I, Masters <track name>" as your program of study; e.g., Early Childhood: Inclusive Ed and C&I, Masters, ITMH Track.

Application checklist

  • Program-specific application
  • 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 Graduate School 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:
    • The Graduate School
      Portland State University
      PO Box 751
      Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
      Electronic official transcripts should be sent to
  • Statement of purpose (writing prompt provided within application)
  • Résumé (including all experience working with children)
  • Two recommendation forms (forms are provided within application)
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Apply for FAFSA

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.

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