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Professional Studies Information | Professional Studies Programs | Professional Studies Courses

Designated Subjects Credential (code 300)

This program of instruction identifies and develops on an individualized basis the teaching competencies requisite for successful employment in designated subjects programs, as required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Studies. This degree is targeted primarily towards employed persons serving in business, industry, labor, government and occupational education teachers and counselors serving in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The BS program will help these people grow in level of professional participation in their various occupational subject areas, knowledge of the respective training and development methods, and problems of work-life education in an information and technological society. The primary goal of the program is to improve the competencies of human resource development personnel to instruct in technical subjects, to design curriculum, to advise learners, and to evaluate curriculum and learner performance.

The Bachelor of Science degree requires 124 units of college work. The major consists of 73 units comprised of (a) a unit core of 27 units, (b) foundation and occupational competency coursework (12 to 25 units depending on student’s option), and (c) options of 25 to 34 units. The foundation and occupational competency courses, generally lower division, are elected from (a) the social and behavioral sciences, (b) occupationally based technical courses, or (c) a combination of both. Nine units of occupational competence may be granted for prior learning in the Corporate Training, Research and Evaluation, Integrative Professional Studies, and Transitional Services options.

Option in Corporate Training and Development (code OCSTBS02) (124 units)

The option in corporate training and development prepares students for human resource development positions as training specialists, training materials developers, and training systems analysts. These specialists serve as support personnel assisting in the analysis and interpretation of job analysis data and translating these data into training and development programs. They assist technical content experts in the design and delivery of instruction. The required courses for this option are: PROF 300, 330, 388I, 410, 411, 412, 417I, 418, 420, 421, 435, 456, 461, 485, 492, 494, 495; PROF 490 or an approved alternative from one of the following: ET 307, 309. This option requires 22 units of foundation and occupational competency coursework determined in consultation with a Professional Studies department academic advisor.

Option in Research and Evaluation (code OCSTBS03) (124 units)

The option in research and evaluation prepares students for careers as labor market analysts, training evaluation specialists, and evaluation research specialists in public postsecondary education, government employment development agencies, and private industry. These specialists develop evaluation guidelines, evaluate training and development programs including maintaining task lists and training program descriptions, determine the effectiveness and currency of instructional content and methods, and assess trainee performance in training and on-the-job. The required courses for this option are: PROF 300, 330, 410, 411, 412, 418, 420, 421, 422, 456, 480, 483, 485, 490; EDP 400, 419. This option requires 25 units of foundation and occupational competency coursework determined in consultation with a Professional Studies department academic advisor.

Option in Transition Services (code OCSTBS04) (124 units)

The option in transition services prepares students for professional positions in secondary and postsecondary occupational special education, rehabilitative services, and related adult services. Graduates develop competencies as educational and human resource development specialists in transition services for individuals with disabilities. The curriculum for this option was developed under research sponsored by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, United States Department of Education. The required courses for this option are: PROF 300, 330 360, 410, 411, 412, 418, 420, 422, 456, 460, 463, 480, 485, 497, 499, 461; EDSP 350; ED P 405; REC 416 or an approved alternative from one of the following: CDFS 413, 418; COUN 430; SW 350, 351. This option requires 12 units of foundation and occupational competency coursework determined in consultation with a Professional Studies department academic advisor.

Option in Vocational Arts (code OCSTBS05) (124 units)

This option is designed for teachers in employment-related educational programs that meet the requirements of the State Education Code, Sections 89220, 89221, 89222 and 89223. Specifically, candidates for this option must:

1. Teach or have taught at least 1,620 student contact hours in a full-time position or 1,000 student contact hours in a part-time position in an approved occupational education curriculum.
2. Hold a teaching credential authorizing service as a vocational teacher (community college instructors affected by AB 1725 are exempt from this requirement; however, they must demonstrate instructional competencies by completing prescribed teacher certification courses); and
3. Have worked at least seven years full-time or the equivalent in the field(s) named on the credential. Candidates, upon completion of these requirements and in consultation with their adviser, submit an application with documentation verifying occupational, managerial, teaching, and professional development experience. Upon approval of the application, the California State Board of Examiners for Vocational Teachers recommends advancement to degree candidacy. Advancement to candidacy includes the preparation of an individualized program emphasizing three areas of occupational studies: 1) the relation of education and work, 2) teaching learners with special needs, and 3) research and evaluation. The required courses for this option are: PROF 300, 330, 410, 411, 412, 413; PROF 420 or 421 or 422; PROF 456 or 460 or 461; PROF 418 or 485. This option requires foundation and occupational competency coursework as determined by the State Board of Examiners for Vocational Teachers and in consultation with a Professional Studies department academic advisor.
Option in Integrative Professional Studies (code OCSTBS07) (120 units)

The integrative professional studies option provides students the opportunity to create a curriculum composed of courses and experiences that meet their individual career needs. Competence in leadership, management, professional communication, diversity, technology, and problem solving is the focus of this degree option. This option is designed for individuals who: 1) Have been out of high school or community college for several years; 2) Have at least five years of work experience; 3) Qualify for admission to the university as an upper division transfer student; and 4) Want and need a baccalaureate degree.

Students may use a combination of college transfer credit, military courses, credit-by-examination (CLEP), and portfolio credit for college-level learning achieved from work and life experiences. Transfer credits from professional or technical degrees earned at accredited institutions are accepted.

Requirements

35 units: PROF 300, 330, 388I, 420 or 421 or 422, 456, 457I, 485, 492, 480, 483, 490.

Professional Competency (43 units): coursework determined in consultation with department academic advisor. Professional competency courses for completing the 120 unit requirement for graduation can be met in many ways, including PROF 301 (1-9 units), transfer technical courses and profession-related courses in other departments. Performance in college-level or proficiency examinations approved by CSU will also be accepted.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Master of Arts in Occupational Studies (code OCSTMA01)

The Master of Arts degree in Occupational Studies is available to qualified students preparing for professional careers in the fields of career, occupational, and vocational education. A major thrust is the development of qualified leadership personnel to serve occupational education programs in public and private education as well as related human resource development programs in California and the nation.

The graduate program in occupational studies consists of three parts. The first part is a 15 unit set of required or core coursework in the following areas:

History & Foundations of Professional Education (PROF 501)
Leadership Development (PROF 502)
Management Skills (PROF 503)
Research and Evaluation (PROF 505 and 696)

The second part is an area of specialization which is selected by the student in consultation with an advisor. Examples of program specialization areas follow:

Administrative studies – for persons interested in administration of occupational education in public or private sectors.
Special populations­ – for persons planning to work with learners who are culturally different, handicapped, and/or limited English proficient in occupational education settings.
Corporate training and development – for persons interested in development, implementation, and evaluation of training programs in a variety of business or industrial settings.
Career guidance – for persons interested in counseling and guidance services in education and employment settings.
Research and evaluation – for persons planning to work in research and evaluation units in public and private agencies or to pursue advanced graduate studies.
Curriculum and instruction – for persons interested in developing occupational education courses and programs in public and proprietary institutions.

The third program part is the decision to conduct a major research study (the thesis option) or to complete a comprehensive examination near the end of the Master’s program.

Each applicant must submit a copy of transcripts for all college work to the program office, in addition to the official copies required by the Office of Admissions and Records.

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor’s degree in occupational studies, with a minimum of 24 upper division units in vocational education comparable to courses offered at this University; or
2. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 upper division units comparable to courses offered at this University in the discipline in which the degree was awarded.
3. Successful completion of Departmental Writing Examination.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Satisfaction of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy, including successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
2. Completion of all core courses;
3. Maintenance of "B" average (3.0 GPA) in all work completed in graduate program;
4. Approval of Professional Studies Graduate Faculty and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements

1. Completion of PROF 501, 502, 503, 505, 696;
2. Completion of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses and a thesis (PROF 698) and an oral presentation of the thesis approved by Department Graduate Committee; or 36 units of approved upper division and graduate courses and a written comprehensive examination.

Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration (code OCSTMS01)

The Master of Science (MS) in Emergency Services Administration is designed to provide students with the conceptual foundation and managerial communication and analytical skills required for designing, testing and implementing an effective response to workplace and community emergencies. Such emergencies may involve the potential loss of human life and property due to fire, explosion, the release of hazardous chemicals, structural failures, natural calamities, and terrorist acts. The program has two major purposes:  1) to provide an understanding of the administration and management of emergency services with an emphasis on the roles and job expectations of emergency managers, and 2) to prepare students for leadership roles in emergency and disaster administration by stressing independent research, communication and writing skills, exposure to experts, and practical experiences of respected emergency services and disaster organizations. The intended audiences are practitioners from the public and private sectors who are engaged in the delivery or coordination of emergency services. The program is offered in the traditional classroom setting, and is enhanced with a careful blend of technology-assisted instruction.

Admission Criteria

1. Obtain admission to graduate standing by completing and forwarding the official CSULB graduate admission forms and fees to the University and the Graduate Advisor, Professional Studies Department, CSULB. Each applicant for graduate standing shall have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
2. Request that official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be forwarded to the graduate advisor, Professional Studies Department, CSULB.
3. Have at least a 2.50 grade-point average in the last 60 semester units attempted.

Be accepted by the Professional Studies program and the graduate advisor for admission to the graduate program.

Program Description

The Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration is designed for individuals who work or wish to work as administrators in one of the areas of emergency administration. These areas include police and fire administration, public utilities, dispatch, and emergency (disaster) operations. The degree will equip students with a broad knowledge of the activities and the relationships of the emergency services to each other, to the community, and to other public and private entities that are affected by emergency services. Students may specialize in program development and evaluation, training, personnel, budgeting, or inter-agency relations.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Satisfaction of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy, including successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
2. Completion of all core courses;
3. Maintenance of "B" average (3.0 GPA) in all work completed in graduate program;
4. Approval of Professional Studies Graduate Faculty and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements

1. PROF 502, 505, 543, 650, 696, PPA 542 or 577.
2. Completion of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses and a thesis (PROF 698) and an oral presentation of the thesis approved by the Department Graduate Committee; or 36 units of approved upper division and graduate courses and a written comprehensive examination.

The graduate program consists of three parts. The first part is an 18-unit set of required core course work as indicated in (1) above. The second part is the elective component or area of specialization consisting of 18 units if the Comprehensive Examination option is chosen or 8 units for the Thesis option. Electives from the 400, 500, or 600 series are selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. The third part is to complete a thesis (PROF 698) or take a comprehensive examination.