Master of Arts in Education - Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Option 

Not offered in the 2018/19-2019/20 Academic Years

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.

Requirements (48 units)

Admission to the Program

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

  1. A valid teaching credential, teaching experience, or departmental approval;
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.5 in the last 90 quarter units and a 3.0 ("B") in all bilingual/crosscultural courses;
  3. Demonstrated proficiency in Spanish;
  4. Completed the graduate entrance writing requirement.

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 College of Education. No more than 20 quarter units may be used to demonstrate fitness to complete the program.

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be formally advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

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

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable graduate-level work, with a minimum of 34 units completed in residence at this university;
  2. A minimum of 23 quarter 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. Successful completion of EDUC 600 Masters Degree, which also satisfies the graduation writing requirement;
  5. A minimum of 26 units in courses numbered 600 or above included as part of the approved program;
  6. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed in Graduate Degree and Program Requirements.

A satisfactory project is one which can be reported in the form of a paper and/or through other media. The project proposal and the project must be approved by the student's advisor and one other professor in the College of Education and submitted in an approved format. Further information is available from the College of Education regarding an approved format for the project proposal and project.

Students must register for EDUC 600 and these units must be part of the required 48 units.

Students will be encouraged to present projects in a variety of media. The purpose of the project is for the student to communicate ideas gained in research, experimentation and creative endeavors; therefore, students should not feel bound to the traditional forms. All projects will be planned in consultation with the student's advisor.

The program may not include more than 14 quarter units in approved extension and transfer courses from other colleges. California State University, San Bernardino will not consider for transfer credit course work from an institution which will not accept that work in its own advanced degree program.

Degree Requirements (48)
EDUC 603Effective Communication in Education4
EDUC 605Foundations of Education4
EDUC 607Introduction to Educational Research4
EELB 606Theory and Practice in Teaching Bilingual Students I4
EELB 608Research in Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Education4
EELB 612Social and Cultural Contexts for School Learning4
EESL 613Cognition and Language Acquisition4
Four units chosen from:4
Spanish Childrens Literature for the Bilingual Classroom
Curriculum and Materials for Bilingual and ESL Classrooms
Literacy and Bilingual Development
EELB 627Innovations in Bilingual Education4
or EELB 628 Bilingualism and the Social Construction of Mind
Eight units of electives chosen from:8
Multicultural Counseling
Thesis/Project Design in Curriculum and Instruction
Principles and Practice in TESOL
Immigration and Ethnic American History
Other courses selected in consultation with program advisor.
Culminating Project:
EDUC 600Masters Degree4
Total Units48