Master of Arts In Education - STEM Education Option

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)

Program Code: ESTM

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 California Teaching Credential or related teaching experience;
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) in all courses taken in education, science and mathematics;
  3. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;

Students who do not meet these criteria may be admitted as conditionally classified graduate students. Change to classified standing can be made only with approval of the Department of Teacher Education and Foundations.

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"), 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 16 units and 20 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 a program advisor from the Department of Teacher Education and Foundations.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable graduate level work, with at least 34 completed in residence at this university, and 34 of the 48 units be taken at the 500- to 600-level;
  2. Completion of 44 units of required core courses;
  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 A or B below:
    Group A: Masters Degree Thesis/Project Option
    ESTM 699STEM Education: Master's Thesis/Project4
    Group B: Comprehensive Examination Option
    ESTM 634Research in STEM Education4
    ESTM 999STEM Education: Comprehensive Examination0

Degree Requirements (48 units)

Core Courses (44)
EDUC 607Introduction to Educational Research4
ESTM 510Foundations of STEM Education4
ESTM 613Assessment in Stem Education4
ESTM 623Teaching Physical Science in STEM Education4
ESTM 624Teaching Elementary Mathematics in STEM Education4
ESTM 625Teaching Algebra in STEM Education4
ESTM 626Teaching Geometry in STEM Education4
ESTM 628The Integrated STEM Curriculum4
ESTM 644Inquiry in STEM Education4
ESTM 647Teaching Earth/Space Science in STEM Education4
ESTM 648Teaching Life Science in STEM Education4
Culminating Experience (4)
Students must complete one of the following tracks:4
Master's Thesis/Project Option:
Masters Degree Project
Comprehensive Examination Option:
Research in STEM Education
STEM Education: Comprehensive Examination
Total Units48