Metro Early Childhood Academy | Where college success meets social change.

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The Metro Academy of Child and Adolescent Development was developed to support the next generation of leaders for early care and education in urban communities. Metro gives students personalized support for college success through in-class academic support and tutoring. At the core of Metro Academy is a learning community made up of two linked courses each semester, pairing a general education course and a Metro Child and Adolescent Development course. After completing the Metro program students are prepared to continue taking courses for completion of their major requirements with the necessarily skills for college success.

Highlights of Metro Early Childhood Academy

  • Students take classes together with other students in a community of learners designed to provide extra support so no one has to "go it alone"
  • Students complete their general education requirements (such as English and Math) with classes that use interesting, real-life early childhood education challenges as examples.
  • Advising helps you stay on track with the right courses to get your degree quickly
  • Participation in the Metro Child and Adolescent Development will help participants preparing for acceptance into the Child and Adolescent Development Major.

In Metro Early Childhood Academy, students will become strong advocates for early childhood education and social justice through learning to write effectively, speak powerfully, and think critically about early childhood education concerns.

At a Glance

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We will accept applications on a Rolling Admissions basis (see How to Apply). Space is limited; applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Please note:

To attend Metro Early Childhood Academy, you must also be admitted to SFSU through a separate application.

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