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

Learn how to apply to the Child Development (M.S.) with a Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health and LPCC.

Important Dates for Fall 2022

Item Due Date
1. Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1 each year)
December 15, 2021
2. Program application January 12, 2022
3. Official Transcripts due January 12, 2022


NOTE: You apply for fall 2022 even though the program starts in the summer.

Steps to Apply

1. Submit the Cal State Apply application

For assistance, see Tips on Completing the Cal State Apply University Application

Go to Cal State Apply (CSU application) - Opens Oct 1

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2. Request official transcripts

Request that your official transcripts be sent to SDSU, following instructions on our Submit Official Transcripts page.

3. Submit the Program application

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

Please follow the instructions in this Resumé Guidelines document (PDF).

 Please download and complete this Language Background form (PDF) with your application.

Please provide 3 recommendations from individuals with whom you have interacted professionally (academic, employment, or clinical settings) using the recommendation form (linked below). It is recommended that at least one letter come from a professor or someone who can speak to your academic abilities and one from someone who can directly address your interactions/experiences with children, families, or other groups. 

The CFD faculty would like recommenders to use this Recommendation form .  Please download this form and provide it to your recommenders as the application system is not able to send this to them.

Please collect the name and email address of your recommenders to enter into the Program application and provide them the link to the Recommendation form. Recommenders will upload this completed form directly into the online Program Application.  

In a 4 page, double-spaced essay, please explain the following:

  • Background: Describe what in your life has influenced your decision to pursue a career in the mental health field.
  • Specialization: Describe your specific interest in the program’s specialization in early childhood mental health.
  • Diversity statement: We seek a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our community stronger. If you’d like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you’ve had to help us understand you better-perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background-we encourage you to do so. Real people are reading your application, and we want to do our best to understand and appreciate the real people applying to our program. You can also address the following prompt: What does diversity mean to you and how do you interact within a diverse community?  (250 word limit)


Submit your program application online

Access the Online Program Application

Go to Program Application