Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction 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 (46 units)

Program Code: CURR

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 or one year of teaching experience;
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the major;
  3. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  4. Three letters of recommendation, one from the school 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 150 words including the applicant's personal goals for the graduate education program.

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:

  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 at 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. 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 46 quarter units of acceptable graduate-level work, with a minimum of 33 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. Comprehensive Examination (2 units)
    EDCI 663Comprehensive Evaluation in Curriculum and Instruction2
    EDCI 999Comprehensive Examination0
    The written comprehensive examination is designed to test the student's knowledge in the field of curriculum and instruction. The examination will be given in the fall and spring quarters. Students may take the examination twice. Students who choose the comprehensive option and Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis must enroll in 12 units in the electives category with approval of an advisor. Students who choose the Gifted and Talented Education Emphasis must complete EDCI 663 and EDCI 999, and will not enroll in any elective courses;
  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;
  7. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed in Graduate Degree and Program Requirements.

The program may not include more than 13 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 (46 units)

Core courses (12)
EDUC 603Effective Communication in Education4
EDUC 605Foundations of Education4
EDUC 607Introduction to Educational Research4
Curriculum and Instruction Core (12)
EDCI 620School Curriculum4
EDCI 624Advanced Teaching Methodology4
EDCI 628Educational Assessment in K-12 Schools4
Emphasis Area (12)
Twelve units chosen from:12
Differentiated Curriculum and InstructionCreativity, Thinking and Problem Solving
History of Education in the United States
Contemporary Issues in Social Studies
Content Standards in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Academic Language Development Strategies K-12
Assessment and Intervention in PreK-12 Literacy
Electives (8)
Students may select from the following list or consult with their advisor for additional elective possibilities. (Courses previously taken to complete a Bachelor's degree may not be selected.)8
Policy, Governance and Legal Aspects of Education
History of Education in the United States
Science/Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Social Studies and the Arts Curriculum Pedagogy
Social Studies and the Arts (Primary Language) Curriculum and Pedagogy
Language Interaction in the Classroom
Literacy Across the Curriculum
ESEC 506E,F,L,M,P,SCurriculum and Instruction in the Content Areas:
May choose only one of the following courses taken as post-baccalaureate as an appropriate single subject matter course chosen in consultation with an advisor:
Art Education: Methods and Materials
Teaching Music in Secondary Schools
Culminating Experience (2)
EDCI 663Comprehensive Evaluation in Curriculum and Instruction2
EDCI 999Comprehensive Examination0
Total Units46