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San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development

Graduate Programs


Master of Science Degree in Child Development

The focus of the program is on the early years and prevention with an emphasis on parent-child intergenerational relationships to enhance school readiness and prepare teachers to work with families with a focus on socio-emotional and behavior support in educational settings and homes. This program is targeted towards working professionals and classes are offered in evenings on two or three nights each week. Students may be able to earn the degree in two years (four academic semesters) and admission is only accepted in the Fall semester.

Programs of Study

Students pursuing only the Master of Science degree in child development must select Plan A (Thesis/Project) and complete:

  • A core sequence of five courses to include Child and Family Development 634, 660 (four units required), 670, 790, and Education 690 (16 units).
  • Up to 12 units of 500, 600, and 700-level child and family development courses. (Graduate students who received the Bachelor of Science degree in child development from San Diego State University will complete child and family development 500-level courses not taken as part of their undergraduate program and will select remaining courses from other programs with approval of the graduate adviser).
  • Child and Family Development 799A (Plan A).

EC-SEBRIS Graduates

Students who have completed the EC-SEBRIS Certificate will have earned 18 units towards the Master of Science degree in child development (and select Plan A) need to complete 14 additional units: Child and Family Development 634, 660, Education 690, Child and Family Development 790, and 799A (Plan A).

Students who have completed the EC-SEBRIS Certificate will have earned 18 units towards the Master of Science degree in child development (and select Plan B) need to complete 14 additional units: Child and Family Development 634, 660, 697B and Education 690 and successfully pass the comprehensive exam.

For more information about graduate studies in the Department of Child and Family Development, review the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Interested in applying?

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Graduated MS Students

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Master of Science Degree in Child Development with a Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health (LPCC)

The Master of Science in Child Development with a Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health is designed to prepare students, who completed EC-SEBRIS (Early Childhood Socio-Emotional and Behavior Regulation Intervention Specialist) Certificate and continue to the Master’s in child development and wish to pursue clinical licensure under the Board of Behavioral Sciences- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), for practice in the field of early childhood mental health. The LPCC concentration enables students to complete the coursework and clinical practicum requirements that may meet LPCC licensure requirements of BPC section 4999.33. Applicants who complete the requisite coursework and clinical practicum requirements will also need to complete the requisite 3000 hours of supervised clinical internship and pass the appropriate licensing exams along with completion of Master’s in order to qualify for licensure.

The student must complete, in consultation with an adviser, an official program of study that includes a minimum of 75 units of 500-, 600- and 700-numbered required and elective courses (up to 15 units can be taken from 500 level courses with the approval of the advisor) that meet the 13 core content area as outlined by the licensure requirements and take a minimum of six semester units of supervised clinical fieldwork.

For more information about graduate studies in the Department of Child and Family Development, review the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Interested in applying?

Visit our Admissions page for more information. 


EC-SEBRIS Certificate Program
Early Childhood Socio-Emotional and Behavior Regulation Intervention Specialist Certificate Program

The EC-SEBRIS Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary graduate-level program focusing on professional preparation and skills enhancement of early childhood professionals who work with young children who demonstrate socio-emotional and behavioral concerns, and their parents. This one-year program is targeted towards working professionals and classes are offered in evenings on two nights each week, and admission is accepted only in the Fall semester.

For more information about graduate studies in the Department of Child and Family Development, review the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.

Note: Many students complete the EC-SEBRIS Certificate before continuing to the M.S. Degree in Child Development. The focus of the M.S. in Child Development is on the early years and prevention with an emphasis on parent-child inter-generational relationships to enhance school readiness and prepare teachers to work with families with a focus on socio-emotional and behavior support in educational settings and homes. After completion of the EC-SEBRIS Certificate, students may be able to complete the M.S. in Child Development within one academic year (two semesters). EC-SEBRIS graduates are also eligible to apply to the M.S. in Child Development with the Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health and pursue clinical licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

The EC-SEBRIS Certificate is funded by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

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Master of Social Work Students

The EC-SEBRIS program now has a collaboration with the SDSU School of Social Work!

Graduate students in the School of Social Work are invited to take EC-SEBRIS courses. Up to fifteen units of the EC-SEBRIS courses can be applied towards your Master of Social Work degree. For more information about this opportunity, please contact: Lucinda Rasmussen or Liz Marucheau.

Paying For Your Education

Graduate students may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. To apply for financial aid visit the FAFSA Website.

Students may also apply for scholarships offered through San Diego State University and private organizations. Information about Financial Aid at SDSU can be found at the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Please see the Federal Financial Aid Disclosure document for required reporting and documentation. 

Questions?

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