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Teacher Education

College of Education

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Teacher Education - Graduate Program

Master of Arts in Education


Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education (code EDELMA02) (30-33 units)


The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education is designed to foster the development of educators who are caring, effective, reflective, and committed to improving their schools. Coursework prepares teachers to apply theoretical insights and research findings to the practical problems they encounter in their work in curriculum and instruction.

Prerequisite


A valid elementary teaching credential or by permission of program coordinator.

Admission


In addition to applying to the university for graduate standing, candidates must submit a program-specific application. Program applications are available in the College Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7) and online at www.ced.csulb.edu/teacher-ed/resources/documents/masters.cfm.

Requirements


1. Methods of social science inquiry (6 units): EDP 400 and one of the following: EDP 520 or EDCI 533 for Comprehensive Examination track; EDP 595 or EDP 696 for Thesis track.

2. Core (15 units): EDCI 500, 505, 530, 625, 695 (to be taken in final semester).

3. Concentration (9 units): Candidates select an area of concentration, in consultation with the program advisor, tailored to their professional goals. Candidates are responsible for taking prerequisite courses if required. The concentration may be in one of the following patterns:
A. Advanced methods (9 units): EDRG 540, EDCI 560, EDCI 570;
B. Advanced coursework in Educational Technology: 9 units selected from the following: EDSP 542, ETEC 523, 525, 530, 551, 553;
C. 9 units of advanced coursework in a self-selected concentration chosen in consultation with the program advisor (e.g., Social and Multicultural Foundations).

4. Capstone (choose A or B option in consultation with the program advisor):
A. Comprehensive Examination and EDCI 695 (3 units).
B. Thesis and EDCI 698 (6 units).

 

Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education (code EDELMA03) (30-33 units)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education is designed to foster the development of educators who are caring, effective, reflective, and committed to improving their schools. Coursework prepares teachers to apply theoretical insights and research findings to the practical problems they encounter in their work in curriculum and instruction.

Prerequisite


A valid secondary teaching credential or by permission of program coordinator.

Admission


In addition to applying to the university for graduate standing, candidates must submit a program-specific application. Program applications are available in the College Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7) and online at www.ced.csulb.edu/teacher-ed/resources/documents/masters.cfm.

Requirements


1. Methods of social science inquiry (6 units): EDP 400, EDP 520.

2. Core (15 units): EDCI 500, 505, 530, 625, 695 (to be taken in final semester).

3. Concentration (9 units): Candidates select an area of concentration, in consultation with the program advisor, tailored to their professional goals. A concentration must follow a pattern or theme; a disparate set of unrelated courses is not a concentration. Thesis candidates should shape their concentration around research methodology and content related to their thesis topic. Candidates must submit a written statement containing a coherent rationale for and description of the concentration sequence at the time of advancement to candidacy. Concentrations may follow one of the patterns listed below or may be uniquely devised by the candidate. A concentration must have the approval of the program advisor. Candidates are responsible for taking prerequisite courses if required.
A. Educational Technology (e.g., ETEC 523, 551, 553, 623);
B. Educational Foundations (e.g., EDP 573, 574, 575, 576);
C. Advanced coursework in the candidate's teaching discipline;
D. Advanced coursework toward a Supplementary Authorization;
E. Advanced coursework toward the Clear Credential;
F. Advanced coursework toward CTEL certification;
G. Research methods courses in preparation for the thesis (e.g., EDP 595, 596, 696; EDCI 533).

4. Capstone Experience
Candidates select one of the following capstone experiences in consultation with the program advisor. Selection should be made at the time of advancement to candidacy in order to develop a program plan consistent with the selected capstone experience.
A. Comprehensive Examination.
B. Thesis. (Candidates take EDCI 698 [Thesis Study] for two semesters while writing a thesis, for a total of 6 units; candidates may need to take additional research methodology courses in order to prepare for thesis research and writing - which may be courses in the candidate's concentration.)

 

Option in Dual Language Development (code EDELMA04) (30-33 units)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Dual Language Development focuses on bilingualism in school and societal contexts. The program, through its action research approach, seeks to develop a cadre of teacher-leaders who systematically and purposefully examine and refine their own pedagogy with respect to the instruction of language minority students.

Prerequisites


A valid teaching credential with BCLAD/CLAD emphasis or certification, or by permission of program coordinator. Demonstration of bilingual proficiency, or six (6) college semester units of a language other than English, or verified equivalent.

Admission


In addition to applying to the university for graduate standing, candidates must submit a program-specific application. Program applications are available in the College Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7) and online at www.ced.csulb.edu/teacher-ed/resources/documents/masters.cfm.

Requirements


1. Methods of Social Science Inquiry Requirements (6 units): EDP 400 & EDCI 533.
2. Core (15 units): EDCI 541, EDRG 551B, EDCI 532, LING 650, and EDCI 530 or EDP 574 or EDP 672.
3. Concentration (6 units): 6 units of advisor-approved electives.
4. Capstone Requirement (3-6 units): One of the following chosen in consultation with an advisor: EDCI 695 (3 units) and Comprehensive Examination; EDCI 698 (6 units) and Thesis.

 

Option in Early Childhood Education (code EDELMA05) (30-33 units)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Early Childhood Education is designed to foster the development of educators who are able to apply research-based knowledge in designing developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum and assessment strategies for children ages birth through 8. Candidates develop parent involvement strategies, reflect on issues facing the field, evaluate the quality of early childhood programs in their local communities, critically evaluate policies that impact young children and their families around the world, and utilize technology to enhance communication and learning.

Prerequisites


1. EDP 301 or HDEV 307I or PSY 361.
2. EDEL 420
3. EDEL 482 or one year of documented and approved teaching experience.

Admission


In addition to applying to the university for graduate standing, candidates must submit a program-specific application. Program applications are available in the College Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7) and online at www.ced.csulb.edu/teacher-ed/resources/documents/masters.cfm.

Requirements


1. Research methods (6 units): EDP 400 and one of the following: EDP 520 (for Comprehensive Examination track), or EDP 595 or EDP 696 (for Thesis track).
2. Core courses (21 units): EDEC 520, 521, 522, 523, 526, 621, 622.
3. One of the following chosen in consultation with the program advisor: EDEC 695 (3 units) and Comprehensive Examination; EDEC 698 (6 units) and Thesis.

Option in Reading/Language Arts (code EDELMA06) (33-36 units)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Reading/Language Arts is designed for experienced classroom teachers who want to pursue in-depth study of issues related to reading and language arts education. The program provides educators with the theoretical and professional knowledge necessary to develop innovative, research-based reading and language arts curricula and to instill the leadership skills necessary for successful reading program implementation for all students, including English language learners.

Prerequisites


A valid elementary or secondary teaching credential; ENGL 481 or ENGL 482 or EDG 520 or approved equivalent (can be taken concurrently with program requirements). CLAD certification is strongly recommended.

Admission


In addition to applying to the university for graduate standing, candidates must submit a program-specific application. Program applications are available in the College Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7) and online at www.ced.csulb.edu/teacher-ed/resources/documents/masters.cfm.

Requirements


1. All of the following (30 units): EDRG 540, 543, 544, 551, 554, 556, 558, 559, 651, and EDP 595/LING 595. (Please contact the program advisor prior to beginning coursework.)

2. One of the following chosen in consultation with the program advisor (3-6 units): EDRG 695 (3 units) and Comprehensive Examination; EDRG 698 (6 units) and Thesis.

Clear Conditional Admission: All Master's Programs


1. Completion of program prerequisites.

2. A GPA of 2.85 or higher in the last 60 semester units of coursework taken. Lower division and/or extension courses taken after obtaining the bachelor's degree are excluded from this calculation.

3. University master's degree policy requires students to attempt to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) during the first semester of residence. Students who have met this requirement during the baccalaureate degree program at CSULB or at another CSU campus are exempt.

4. To qualify for University admission in conditionally classified or classified graduate standing, a student must be accepted into a graduate degree program on a conditional basis or as clear conditional status.
Please Note:
Prior to admission to the master's program, students may take up to, but no more than, 9 units of coursework which may apply to the master's program. There is no minimum number of units required for admission to the program.

In accordance with University policy of "Graduate Transfer Units by Extension", up to 6 units of approved extension/continuing education or transfer credit may be used on a graduate student's program. At the option of the college/school or department offering a graduate degree requiring a total of 30 units, this limit may be raised to 9 units of extension/continuing education credit if taken at CSULB or at another CSU campus.

Students must contact the advisor of Curriculum and Instruction Specialization no later than completing 6 units to plan an official program.

Students interested in the Specialization in Reading Language Arts must contact the advisor of Graduate Reading in the Department of Teacher Education prior to enrolling in any classes.

Advancement to Candidacy Requirements: All Master's Programs


1. All University requirements must be met;
2. Transcripts showing posted degree and the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units;
3. Completion of all admission requirements for the Secondary Master's Program Option;
4. A minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and a 3.0 grade point average in all units undertaken for the program (at least 6 units) with no incomplete grades;
5. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
6. Personal-Professional Attributes: Applicants are required to submit a typed essay of not less that three pages, double spaced. The essay shall address the following; how the program will help them make a contribution to the profession; experience in the profession; and any other information relevant to their personal/professional plans. In addition, students will complete a structured interview with the designated program faculty advisor;
7. An approved plan of study completed with the Curriculum and Instruction or Reading and Language Arts graduate advisor must be on file in the Graduate Office;
8. A student must be enrolled in regular session or the in summer session in which advancement to candidacy takes place. Please refer to the "Graduate Degrees and Other Post Baccalaureate Studies" section of the catalog for University advancement-to-candidacy requirements.