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C&I Secondary Education with Concentration in Linked Learning

Program Overview

The Master of Arts Degree in Education, option in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education (C & I Secondary) is a 30-33 unit program that focuses on the development of educators who are caring, effective, reflective, and committed to improving their schools.  The C & I Secondary program offers three different concentrations, including the newly developed Linked Learning concentration.

The Linked Learning concentration provides advanced professional development using Linked Learning principles including interdisciplinary collaborations between academic and career-technical education (CTE) teachers; project-based learning and the integration of work-based learning experiences. Teacher candidates will develop competence in designing meaningful instructional tasks based on real-world problems; expand their own learning through real-world externships; and develop skills in coordinating school- and work-based learning. This concentration incorporates current California curriculum standards and frameworks, standardized assessments as well as Linked Learning principles and practices as part of the regular program curriculum.

Linked Learning Concentration – Course and Program Requirements

The main components of the program are detailed below:

  1. C & I Core Courses (4 courses, 12 units)
    • EDCI 500 Studies in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
    • EDCI 505 History of Education in the United States (3)
    • EDCI 530 Cross-Cultural Education: US and Global Perspectives (3)
    • EDCI 625 Analysis of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3)
  2. Research Methods Courses (2 courses, 6 units)
    • EDP 400 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
    • EDCI 533 Action Research Methods: Teachers as Inquirers (3)
  3. Concentration (3 courses, 9 units) Candidates for the MA in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education select one area of concentration, in consultation with the program advisor, tailored to their professional goals. Candidates are responsible for taking prerequisite courses if required.

    There are three options for the concentration, and students in the Linked Learning Concentration generally take the classes listed in the “C” concentration.
    • A. Research methods courses in preparation for the thesis (see University Catalog for courses)
    • B. Coursework in teaching methods (see University Catalog for courses)
    • C. Linked Learning Concentration
    • ETEC 529: Educational Technologies in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (3) (course offered at CSULB)
    • EDSS 490: Special Topics: Work-Based Learning: A Core Linked Learning Instructional Strategy (3 units)
    • EDSS 490: Special Topics: Rethinking Teacher Roles in Linked Learning Pathways (3 units)
  4. Exit Requirement 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 Exam and EDCI 695 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
    • B. Thesis and EDCI 698 Thesis Study in Curriculum and Instruction (6 taken over two semesters)


The following are required for admission to the program:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Minimum 2.85 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants whose overall GPA is less than 2.85 but meet the University minimum GPA requirement and who present compelling evidence of academic and professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.
  3. A valid teaching credential or by consent of the program coordinator.
  4. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit the Center for International Education (CIE) for more information.

Application Procedure

Candidates are admitted for Fall semester only. Graduates students must apply to the university AND to a specific graduate program simultaneously. Admissions decisions are made at the program level by the faculty. It is essential to follow the guidelines for applying to both the university and the program. Failure to do so, and to do so in a timely manner, may result in not being considered for the program and/or university admission. Application packets and deadlines may be found at Graduate Studies Applications and Deadlines. If you have questions about completing the university or program application, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at 562-985-8476 or