Contact all Universities and Colleges you have attended and
request the schools send Official Transcripts to the Graduate
School at Stanislaus State. (You can email your Official
Transcripts to EIEtranscripts@csustan.edu)
Please note: The Cal State Apply website states the Spring
2021 application period closes August 31, 2020. This deadline
only applies to stateside programs. Applications for the MA
in Child Development program will be open until November 1,
Step 2: Take the GRE Writing Test or Alternative Writing
The alternative writing assessment test is acceptable only for
the Spring 2021 term due to COVID-19.
Option 1: GRE Writing
Submit GRE Writing scores of 3.5 or
higher to the Graduate School and the Department of Psychology
and Child Development
Candidates choosing the alternative assessment will submit two
additional professional writing samples (minimum of 500 words
each) of independent authorship to be evaluated for admission
using the program’s writing rubric. The samples may be on any
topic and should show the candidate’s ability to use professional
sources and to write for a professional audience; they should be
well written and documented with either APA, MLA, or other
professional writing styles.
Attach official course descriptions for any child
development-related courses that need to be evaluated (as
Attach a Statement of Professional Philosophy. Follow prompts
on page 4 of this packet. Be sure that your name appears in
the running head of the document (required).
Submit one professional writing sample of your own
authorship. The sample should show your ability to use
professional sources and to write for a professional audience; it
should be well written and documented in either APA or MLA
writing style. Samples might include essays, position papers,
research papers or proposals; grant proposals, newsletters, and
magazines, training manuals, handbooks (optional).
Complete the mandated reporter training online at www.mandatedreporterca.com.
Print and submit the certificate of completion (required).
Read the professional standards online and sign the
agreements to abide by these professional standards of conduct on
page 5 of the Program Application.
Contact three individuals who will write letters
of recommendation for you. These should be current and
specific to these application procedures. Reviewers should
send or fax the Confidential Recommendation forms to the:
Department of Psychology and Child Development at the address on
Note: For an alternate version of the Child Development
Graduate Application Packet, please call Extended Education at