Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leadership Option

Offered through the College of Extended Learning

Master of Arts in Education

The M.A. in education with an option in bilingual/crosscultural education is designed to give advanced training to personnel involved in bilingual programs in grades K-12. The program should also meet the needs of community college personnel who are involved in the training of classroom aides and other paraprofessionals.

The M.A. in education with an option in career and technical education is designed to provide advanced and specialized education to personnel working in a variety of settings related to vocational education such as secondary, postsecondary and private schools. The program should also meet the requirements for leadership positions in these facilities.

The M.A. in education with an option in curriculum and instruction is designed for both elementary and secondary teachers. The program provides opportunities for teachers to gain expertise and knowledge in subject matter content and pedagogy or to teach gifted and talented students.

The M.A. in education with an option in environmental education is designed to prepare individuals to teach environmental education effectively in indoor and outdoor settings and to all grade/age levels and enables graduates to assume leadership in environmental education in schools, nature centers, and other interpretative situations. Admission to the program requires teaching experience, but not a teaching credential.

The M.A. in education with an option in holistic and integrative education is a program for creative educators in a nontraditional format emphasizing educational innovation, integrative learning, and meaning-centered learning.

The M.A. in education with an option in instructional technology is designed to meet the needs of technology professionals in schools and other education related settings, as well as business settings. The program has two emphases: research and design/development.

The M.A. in education with an option in reading/language arts meets the needs of the candidate who is interested in increasing skills in the effective teaching of reading/language arts. The program is competency based and places emphasis on the models and methods that enhance the strategic processing of language arts.

The M.A. in education with an option in teacher leadership has been developed in collaboration with Academic Partnerships, an entity that has a proven track record of marketing innovative online education programs with established institutions of higher learning.

The M.A. in education with an option in science education meets the needs of the candidate who is interested in developing her/his pedagogical content knowledge in the teaching and learning of science and develop his/her background to become a science education leader in their school, district, or region. The program also provides the opportunity to increase the candidate's content knowledge in science.

The M.A. in education with an option in special education will provide advanced preparation for teaching individuals with disabilities, and will provide training for those persons interested in administrative positions or leadership positions in special education.

The M.A. in education with an option in teaching English to speakers of other languages prepares educators to meet the needs of English language learners in K-12 classrooms in the United States and abroad. The teaching of English around the world is one of the fastest-growing international professions and offers worldwide English teaching opportunities to qualified graduates. Courses in ESL teaching methods and supervised fieldwork opportunities provide a broad overview of theories of language acquisition and social cultural influences on language learning, and strengthen the mastery of classroom techniques.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified status follow:

  1. A valid teaching credential or teaching experience, or related experience with coordinator approval;;
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") overall and 3.0 in the major;
  3. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  4. Three letters of recommendation, one from the institution where the candidate has most recently taught or is currently teaching, to be evaluated by faculty members in the program.
  5. A typewritten statement of purpose of no more than 500 words including the applicant's personal goals for the graduate education program.

Students who do not meet these criteria may be admitted as conditionally classified graduate students. Students admitted in this category may be changed to classified standing with approval of the program coordinator. No more than 20 quarter units may be used to demonstrate fitness to complete the program.

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be advanced to candidacy a student must have the following:

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Completed with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B"), at least 16 quarter units of applicable course work in graduate standing, at least 12 of which have been taken in this program and approved by the program coordinator;
    Note: Between the time of completing 15 and 23 units of applicable course work the student is required to apply for advancement to candidacy.
  3. Satisfactorily completed EDUC 603 and EDUC 605;
  4. Secured approval of candidacy from the College of Education;
  5. Filed an approved graduate program for completion of the degree. This must be prepared in consultation with an advisor in the College of Education.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 34 quarter units of acceptable graduate level work completed in residence at this university;
  2. A minimum of 23 units taken after the student has been advanced to candidacy for the degree;
  3. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in course work taken to satisfy the Master of Arts degree requirements and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  4. Comprehensive Examination EDCI 999. Students may take the examination twice;
  5. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination;
  6. A minimum of 26 units in courses numbered 600 or above included as part of the approved graduate program

Degree Requirements (48 units)

Education Core Courses (12)
EDUC 603Effective Communication in Education4
EDUC 605Foundations of Education4
EDUC 607Introduction to Educational Research4
Total Units12

 Emphasis Areas (36 units)

Organizational Leadership (8)
EADM 601Educational Leadership and Ethics4
EADM 607Culture, Politics and Communication in Diverse Society4
Learning/Teaching (12)
EDCI 638Advanced Educational Pscyhology4
EDUC 634Motivation, Teaching and Learning4
EDCI 641Curriculum and Policy4
Technology Leadership (8)
ETEC 546Computer Based Technology in Education II4
ETEC 623Technology for Educational Leaders4
Inclusive Education (8)
EDUC 630Supportive Learning Environments for All Students4
EESL 670Principles and Practice in TESOL4
Culminating Experience (0)
EDCI 999Comprehensive Examination0
Total Units36