Funding Opportunities

GCOE Scholarships

SFSU Scholarships


The ECSE program at San Francisco State University has been awarded a 5-year grant (2014-2018), the CIRCLE grant (Careers and Inclusive Resources related to Children's Learning in the Early Years) from the Department of Education.  The co-directors of the project are Drs. Amber Friesen and Marci Hanson.  This grant will fund a stipend program for scholars accepted into the ECSE credential or credential/masters program.

There is a critical need for more highly qualified professionals, including individuals from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds, with the knowledge and skills to deliver quality services to young children with disabilities (birth to five) and their families.  The CIRCLE grant was awarded to help prepare more credentialed ECSE scholars to fill this need.

In the CIRCLE program, you will:

Engage in over 30 semester hours of interactive coursework;
Gain experience in two early childhood special education settings (infant/toddler and preschool);
Be supported by an advisor and numerous mentorship opportunities;
Receive up to $9,000 a year in stipends for full-time studies.


Eligibility Requirements

Individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree in any field and have experience working with young children are eligible to apply for the CIRCLE program.
Students who are admitted to the ECSE credential or credential/masters programs are eligible for tuition stipend support while completing the program requirements.