MA Education - 31 units

Master’s Core Courses — 12 units

  • EDCI 610 Research on Teaching Units: 3
  • EDPL 623 Understanding and Influencing Organizations in Diverse Communities Units: 3
  • EDUC 605 Education in a Diverse Society Units: 3
  • EDUC 615 Principles of Educational Research Units: 3

Culminating Experience and Preparation Courses – 7 units

Select Thesis or Comprehensive Exam Option:

Thesis Option

  • EDUC 616 Master’s Thesis Units: 1-4
    (continuing registration required –complete 1 unit of EDUC 616 along with EDUC 620, then complete 3 units of EDUC 616)
  • EDUC 620 Educational Research and Thesis Development Units: 3

Comprehensive Exam Option

  • EDUC 618 Comprehensive Examination Units: 1-4
  • (complete 4 units)
  • Three unit 600-level elective course

Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction – 12 units

A Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction offers the opportunity for PreK-12 teachers to enhance their knowledge and skills as they pertain to the PreK-12 classroom. By combining theory and practice, teachers will be able to improve their own classroom practices, be in a position to assume instructional leadership, curriculum design roles, and professional training in their schools or districts. This specialization positions educators to pursue graduate work at the doctoral level.

Required Courses—6 units

  • EDCI 600 Curriculum: History and Analysis Units: 3
  • EDCI 605 Assessment in the Classroom Units: 3

Elective Courses - 6 units

  • Six units 500-level and higher
    Three units must have an EDCI prefix and up to six units may be transferred from credential coursework or 500-level or higher courses.

Emphasis in Disability Studies — 12 units

The Master of Arts in Education with the Disability Studies Emphasis prepares graduates for leadership positions in the field of special education and disabilities. These leaders can develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies for individuals with disabilities, mentor special education teachers and allied professionals, conduct professional development and research, serve on policy committees, and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Required Courses - 6 units

  • SPED 641 Advanced Perspectives in Disability Studies Units: 3
  • SPED 690 Advanced Topics in Disability Studies Units: 3

Elective Courses - 6 units

  • Six units 500-level and higher
    Three units must have a SPED prefix and up to six units may be transferred from credential coursework or 500-level or higher courses.

Program Maintenance Requirements:

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better with no course grades lower than a C+. The progress of students in meeting this requirement and in progressing toward completion in a timely manner will be monitored at the conclusion of each term.

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement

Writing proficiency for the awarding of the degree is demonstrated by successful completion of EDUC 605 - Education in a Diverse Society and EDUC 615 – Principles of Educational Research with grades of B or higher.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy represents the formulation of an official program of study for a master’s degree in the School of Education. It establishes your catalog rights and forms the basis of your degree audit when you are ready to graduate. At least one semester prior to graduation, you must advance to candidacy, which is when you receive approval of your program of study from your Graduate Advisor. You must be enrolled when you advance to candidacy. Advancement to Candidacy is a prerequisite for enrolling in the culminating experience (thesis or comprehensive examination). Students are eligible to advance to candidacy and must meet the following requirements before submitting the Advancement to Candidacy Worksheet:

  1. Successful completion of one of the courses identified to fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.
  2. Resolve incomplete grades, if applicable.
  3. Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative and program grade point average.
  4. Complete six units of program requirements, program prerequisites (if applicable), and any other program requirements for advancement to candidacy.

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