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Admission Requirements

Individual Program Requirements

Early Childhood Education Programs
Teacher Education Programs
Educational Leadership Programs

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programs

Master of Arts (MA) in Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education
Admission to the Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education Program requires completion of a bachelor's degree and at least one course in developmental psychology or child psychology. These requirements must be met by the time you would enroll in the program. Applicants are also expected to have substantive experience working with young children.

Master of Arts (MA) in Education with an Emphasis in Child Life in Hospitals
Admission to the Master's Degree in Child Life Program requires completion of a bachelor's degree, at least one course in developmental psychology or child psychology, and at least 100 (preferably 200) hours of hospital volunteer work under the supervision of a Child Life Specialist. These requirements must be met by the time you would enroll in the program.

Early Childhood Special Education Credential
Admission to the Early Childhood Special Education Credential Program requires at least one course in developmental psychology or child psychology, and 40 hours of experience working with young children, which must be completed by the time you would enroll in the program. In addition, all portions of the CBEST must be passed prior to enrollment in August. It is possible to apply for the credential program alone, but only if the applicant has already earned a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Mills.

Teacher Education Programs

All students who apply to a teaching credential program are simultaneously considered for admission to the Master's Degree in Education with an Emphasis in Teaching (MEET) Program; applicants to the Multiple Subject Credential Program may apply to either the MEET program or the Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program. The MEET program may be completed on a part-time or full-time basis at any point within the five years following completion of the credential program. The master's degree in early childhood education must be completed in a second year of full-time study.

Multiple Subject Credential
In addition to completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, admission to this program requires:

  • Submission of the 40 Hour Verification Form, documenting at least 40 hours of volunteer or paid work in a school or school-like setting. Ideally, this experience would be working with groups of children and not exclusively working one-on-one, such as an individual tutor. It is also preferred that applicants gain experience that will prepare them for working with the culturally and linguistically diverse student population of the San Francisco Bay Area; thus, applicants might want to consider seeking opportunities to work with students from backgrounds different from their own. In addition to volunteer positions offered by public school districts, applicants might want to consider opportunities to work with children or youth in after-school programs, religious or other community-based organizations, museums, sports teams, and summer camps. The 40 Hour Verification Form is due by the time of enrollment; it may be submitted with application materials or sent separately at a later date.

  • Official paper documentation or electronic access to your passing scores for either a) three CSET Multiple Subjects tests and all portions of the CBEST, or b) three CSET Multiple Subjects tests and the CSET writing test. These tests must be passed prior to enrollment in August; at the time of application, we will accept either documentation of passing scores or indication of registered test dates prior to July 1.

Single Subject Credential in Humanities or Single Subject Credential in Mathematics or Science
In addition to completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, admission to this program requires:

  • Submission of the 40 Hour Verification Form, documenting at least 40 hours of volunteer or paid work in a school or school-like setting. Ideally, this experience would be working with groups of children and not exclusively working one-on-one, such as an individual tutor. It is also preferred that applicants gain experience that will prepare them for working with the culturally and linguistically diverse student population of the San Francisco Bay Area; thus, applicants might want to consider seeking opportunities to work with students from backgrounds different from their own. In addition to volunteer positions offered by public school districts, applicants might want to consider opportunities to work with children or youth in after-school programs, religious or other community-based organizations, museums, sports teams, and summer camps.

  • Official paper documentation or electronic access to your passing scores for all portions of the CSET for a particular subject area and for all portions of the CBEST. These tests must be passed prior to enrollment in August; at the time of application, we will accept either documentation of passing scores or indication of registered test dates prior to July 1.

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Educational Leadership Programs

Administrative Services Credential (ASC)
Admission to the Administrative Services Credential Program requires completion of a bachelor's degree, completion of the CBEST and five years of teaching experience. Candidates may apply for the administrative credential only, or may fulfill the requirements for the credential in combination with a master's or doctoral degree in educational leadership.

Master of Arts (MA) in Education with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
Admission to the Master's Degree in Educational Leadership Program requires completion of a bachelor's degree and demonstrated capacity to successfully complete graduate-level work at Mills. Applicants to the concentration in early childhood leadership are also expected to have a minimum of five years experience related to early care and education and to have demonstrated capacity to exercise leadership in the field of early care and education.

Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership
Admission to the Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Program requires completion of a bachelor's degree and demonstrated capacity to successfully complete graduate-level work at Mills. It is also required that applicants to this program have at least three years of professional work experience. At this time, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is optional for admission to this program. Should you want your GMAT score to be a factor in evaluating your application for admission, please have your score sent to the Office of Graduate Admission. The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business is a GMAT-score-receiving school (Mills College code: 4485).

Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership
Candidates for the EdD in educational leadership may petition to transfer some relevant prior graduate-level work; a master's degree is not required for admission. Applicants to this program must have significant professional experience in the field of education in addition to demonstrating the capacity to successfully complete a doctoral dissertation.

Please direct any questions about the admission process to 510.430.3170 or education@mills.edu.

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Last Updated: 11/24/14