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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Child Development (M.S.) with a Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health and LPCC

How to Apply

  1. Cal State Apply University Application: Complete the University application at

    Are you having trouble with the Cal State Apply application?  If so email right away for assistance.

  2. Submit official transcript(s) and test scores: Take the GRE exam and request official transcript(s) to be sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions:

    Graduate Admissions
    SDSU - Enrollment Services
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

    Electronic Transcript Formats
    SDSU accepts electronic transcripts in PDF or EDI format.  

    Transcripts must be sent by the Institution
    When requesting an electronic transcript you can choose San Diego State University on the selection menu or have them sent to:  SDSU will not accept transcripts emailed from students.

    If you attended SDSU as an undergraduate student, then we do NOT require official transcripts from SDSU.  We have access to this information.

  3. Program Application: The link to this program application will be available within the Cal State Apply application, but you can also access it with the Program Application button below:

Items Requested in Program Application

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload to the Program application:

  1. Resume/CV: Prepare a resume using these guidelines.
  2. Language Background:  Please complete this Language Background Form.
  3. Prerequisite Coursework: Complete the Prerequisite Coursework form.
  4. Academic Writing Sample:  Please provide one example of your academic writing.  Research or literature review papers are preferred.  This requirement applies to all applicants.
  5. Letter of Recommendation: Contact three individuals who you have interacted with professionally and academically who will be able to provide a strong letter of recommendation on your behalf. Recommenders will submit their letters directly into the Online Program application.  You can send the requests through the  Program application.
  6. Personal Statement: In a two page, double-spaced essay, please explain the following:
    • Background: Describe what in your life has influenced your decision to pursue an LPCC program in early childhood and mental health.
    • Career Perception and Goals: What type of role and/or settings do you see yourself working in professionally after you become an LPCC?  Please be as specific as possible regarding the settings and function of your desired future role.
    • Strengths and Areas to Improve: Describe yourself candidly in terms of your strengths and areas to improve regarding emotional, social, and intellectual activities.


If you have questions about the application process or program itself, contact or visit the Child Development Homepage.

Important Dates for Fall 2018 Admissions

Item DueDue Date
Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1, 2017)
December 15, 2017
Program application
January 12, 2018*
Transcripts and GRE scores due
January 12, 2018
* Note: This deadline was recently extended from Dec 15th to January 12th.

Child Development  (M.S.) with a Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health and LPCC Cal State Apply Tutorial

Program Application Tutorial 

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