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Teacher Education

College of Education

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Teacher Education - Graduate Program

Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education (code EDELMA02)

Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education (code EDELMA03)

Option in Dual Language Development (code EDELMA04)

Option in Early Childhood Education (code EDELMA05)

Option in Reading/Language Arts (code EDELMA06)

Option in Mathematics Education (code EDELMA07)

Master of Arts in Education

Candidates for Master’s programs must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time. Program application deadlines may vary. Visit the College of Education website for specific program details, application guidelines and materials, and application deadlines (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm). All university regulations governing the master's degree apply to college programs. Program requirements published in the university Catalog in effect during the year a candidate advances to candidacy are the requirements the candidate will be held to (catalog rights). Candidates may take up to nine (9) units of course work that can be applied to the Master’s program prior to program entry. Up to six (6) of these units taken through an approved extension or continuing education venue may be applied to a candidate’s program. This may be extended to nine (9) units, at the program coordinator’s discretion, if the units are taken at CSULB or another CSU.

Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education (code EDELMA02)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education (30-33 units) is designed to foster the development of educators who are caring, effective, reflective, and committed to improving their schools. Coursework prepares teachers to apply theoretical insights and research findings to the practical problems they encounter in their work in curriculum and instruction. Visit the program website for program details (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm).

Prerequisites to the Program

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 the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. A valid teaching credential or by permission of the program coordinator.
  • 4. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application to the Program

Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor (www.csumentor.edu). One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

The Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education application must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded from the College of Education website (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm). The program application does not require a set of transcripts. The deadline for submitting an application for fall entry in the program is May 15.

Conditional Admission to the Program

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Conditional Admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy

(Clear Admission to the Program)

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. They should meet with the program coordinator to plan their program no later than completing 6 units. For Advancement to Candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  • 1. Be enrolled in the university
  • 2. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment (GWAR).
  • 3. Fulfill all program prerequisite and admission requirements.
  • 4. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  • 5. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  • 6. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.

Program Requirements

1. Methods of Social Science Inquiry (6 units):

  • Take the following:
    • EDP 400 Introduction to Educational Measurement and Statistics (3)

Take one of the following Tracks:

Comprehensive Examination Track:

  • Take one of the following:
    • EDP 520 Research Methods in Education (3)
    • EDCI 533 Action Research Methods: Teachers as Inquirers (3)

Thesis Track:

  • Take one of the following:
    • EDP 595 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
    • EDP 696 Thesis Study: Plan Development and Organizing Aspects (3)

2. Core (15 units):

  • Take all of the following:
    • 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)
    • EDCI 695 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
      • (to be taken in final semester)

3. Concentration (9 units): Candidates select an area of concentration, in consultation with the program advisor, tailored to their professional goals. Candidates are responsible for taking prerequisite courses if required. The concentration may be in one of the following patterns:

  • A. Advanced methods (9 units):
    • Take all of the following:
    • EDRG 540 Advanced Studies in Literacy (3)
    • EDCI 560 Adv Study in Mathematics Education (3)
    • EDCI 570 Advanced Studies in Teaching History-Social Science (3)
  • B. Advanced coursework in Educational Technology:
    • Take 9 units from the following:
      • EDSP 542, ETEC 523, 525, 530, 551, 553;
  • C. Take 9 units of advanced coursework in a self-selected concentration chosen in consultation with the program advisor (e.g., Social and Multicultural Foundations).

4. Capstone (choose A or B option in consultation with the program advisor):

  • A. Comprehensive Examination and the following:
    • EDCI 695 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
  • B. Thesis and the following:
    • EDCI 698 Thesis Study in Curriculum & Instruction (6)

Secondary Education (code EDELMA03)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education (30-33 units) is designed to foster the development of educators who are caring, effective, reflective, and committed to improving their schools. Coursework prepares teachers to apply theoretical insights and research findings to the practical problems they encounter in their work in curriculum and instruction. Visit the program website for program details (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm).

Prerequisites to the Program

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 the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. A valid teaching credential or by permission of the program coordinator.
  • 4. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application to the Program

Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor (www.csumentor.edu). One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

The Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education application must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded from the College of Education website (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm). The program application does not require a set of transcripts. The deadline for submitting an application for fall entry in the program is May 15.

Conditional Admission to the Program

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Conditional admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy

(Clear Admission to the Program)

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. They should meet with the program coordinator to plan their program no later than completing 6 units. For Advancement to Candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  • 1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment (GWAR).
  • 2. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  • 3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  • 4. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.

Program Requirements

1. Methods of social science inquiry (6 units):

  • EDP 400 Introduction to Educational Measurement and Statistics (3)
  • EDP 520 Research Methods in Education (3)

2. Core (15 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)
  • EDCI 695 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
    • (to be taken in final semester)

3. Concentration (9 units):

Candidates select an area of concentration, in consultation with the program advisor, tailored to their professional goals. A concentration must follow a pattern or theme; a disparate set of unrelated courses is not a concentration. Thesis candidates should shape their concentration around research methodology and content related to their thesis topic. Candidates must submit a written statement containing a coherent rationale for and description of the concentration sequence at the time of advancement to candidacy. Concentrations may follow one of the patterns listed below or may be uniquely devised by the candidate. A concentration must have the approval of the program advisor. Candidates are responsible for taking prerequisite courses if required.

  • A. Educational Technology (e.g., ETEC 523, 551, 553, 623);
  • B. Educational Foundations (e.g., EDP 573, 574, 575, 576);
  • C. Advanced coursework in the candidate’s teaching discipline;
  • D. Advanced coursework toward a Supplementary Authorization;
  • E. Advanced coursework toward the Clear Credential;
  • F. Advanced coursework toward CTEL certification;
  • G. Research methods courses in preparation for the thesis (e.g., EDP 595, 596, 696; EDCI 533).

4. Capstone Experience

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 Examination.

B. Thesis. (Candidates take EDCI 698 [Thesis Study] for two semesters while writing a thesis, for a total of 6 units; candidates may need to take additional research methodology courses in order to prepare for thesis research and writing – which may be courses in the candidate’s concentration.)

Option in Dual Language Development (code EDELMA04)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Dual Language Development (30-33 units) focuses on bilingualism in school and societal contexts. The program, through its action research approach, seeks to develop a cadre of teacher-leaders who systematically and purposefully examine and refine their own pedagogy with respect to the instruction of language minority students. Visit the program website for program details (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm).

Prerequisites to the Program

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 the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. A valid teaching credential with BCLAD/CLAD emphasis or certification, or by permission of the program coordinator.
  • 4. Demonstration of bilingual proficiency or six (6) college semester units of a language other than English, or verified equivalent.
  • 5. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application to the Program

Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor (www.csumentor.edu). One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

The Dual Language Development program application must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded from the College of Education website (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm). The program application does not require a set of transcripts. The deadline for submitting an application for fall entry in the program is May 15.

Conditional Admission to the Program

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Conditional admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy

(Clear Admission to the Program)

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. They should meet with the program coordinator to plan their program no later than completing 6 units. For Advancement to Candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  • 1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment (GWAR).
  • 2. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  • 3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  • 4. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.

Program Requirements

1. Methods of Social Science Inquiry Requirements (6 units):

  • Take both of the following:
    • EDP 400 Introduction to Educational Measurement and Statistics (3)
    • EDCI 533 Action Research Methods: Teachers as Inquirers (3)

2. Core (15 units):

  • Take all of the following:
    • EDCI 541 Designing Curriculum and Instruction in Primary and Second Language Settings (3)
    • EDRG 551B Assessment of Literacy with Bilingual Students (3)
    • EDCI 532 Socialization of Literacy in More Than One Language (3)
    • LING 650 Seminar in Bilingualism (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • EDCI 530 Cross-cultural Education: US and Global Perspectives (3)
    • EDP 574 Sociological Foundations of Education (3)
    • EDP 672 Language and Educational Policies (3)

3. Concentration (6 units):

  • Take 6 units of advisor-approved electives.

4. Capstone Requirement (3-6 units):

  • One of the following chosen in consultation with an advisor:
    • Comprehensive Examination and EDCI 695 (3 units)
    • Thesis and EDCI 698 (6 units)

Option in Early Childhood Education (code EDELMA05)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Early Childhood Education (30-33 units) is designed to foster the development of educators who are able to apply research-based knowledge in designing developmentally and culturally appropriate curriculum and assessment strategies for children ages birth through 8. Candidates develop parent involvement strategies, reflect on issues facing the field, evaluate the quality of early childhood programs in their local communities, critically evaluate policies that impact young children and their families around the world, and utilize technology to enhance communication and learning. Visit the program website for program details (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm).

Prerequisites to the Program

The following are required for admission to the program:

  • 1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 2. Minimum 3.0 overall grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. EDP 301 or HDEV 307I or PSY 361.
  • 4. EDEL 420.
  • 5. EDEL 482 or one year of documented and approved teaching experience.
  • 6. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application to the Program

Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor (www.csumentor.edu). One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

The Early Childhood Education program application must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded from the College of Education website (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm). The program application does not require a set of transcripts. The deadline for submitting an application for fall entry in the program is May 15.

Conditional Admission to the Program

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Conditional admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy

(Clear Admission to the Program)

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. They should meet with the program coordinator to plan their program no later than completing 6 units. For Advancement to Candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment (GWAR).

2. Resolve all incomplete grades.

3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

4. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.

Program Requirements

1. Research methods (6 units):

  • Take the following:
    • EDP 400 Introduction to Educational Measurement and Statistics (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • EDP 520 (for Comprehensive Examination track)
    • EDP 595 or EDP 696 (for Thesis track)

2. Core courses (21 units):

  • Take all of the following:
    • EDEC 520 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment: Critical Perspectives (3)
    • EDEC 521 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Early Childhood (3)
    • EDEC 522 Parent Education and Involvement in Educational Environments (3)
    • EDEC 523 Leadership, Advocacy and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs (3)
    • EDEC 526 Adv Study of Infant & Toddler Programs (3)
    • EDEC 621 Research in Early Childhood Education (3)
    • EDEC 622 Seminar in Early Childhood Care and Education: International Perspectives (3)

3. One of the following chosen with program advisor consultation:

    • Comprehensive Examination and EDEC 695 (3 units)
    • Thesis and EDEC 698 (6 units)

Option in Reading/Language Arts (code EDELMA06)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Reading/Language Arts (33-36 units) is designed for experienced classroom teachers who want to pursue in-depth study of issues related to reading and language arts education. The program provides educators with the theoretical and professional knowledge necessary to develop innovative, research-based reading and language arts curricula and to instill the leadership skills necessary for successful reading program implementation for all students, including English language learners. Visit the program website for program details (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm).

Prerequisites to the Program

The following are required for admission to the program:

  • 1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 2. Minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. A valid elementary or secondary teaching credential.
  • 4. ENGL 481 or ENGL 482 or EDRG 520 or approved equivalent.
  • 5. CLAD certification recommended.
  • 6. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application to the Program

Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor (www.csumentor.edu). One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

The Reading/Language Arts program application must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded from the College of Education website (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm). The program application does not require a set of transcripts. The deadline for submitting an application for fall entry in the program is May 15.

Conditional Admission to the Program

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Conditional admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy

(Clear Admission to the Program)

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. They should meet with the program coordinator to plan their program no later than completing 6 units. For Advancement to Candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment (GWAR).

2. Resolve all incomplete grades.

3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

4. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.

Program Requirements

1. Take all of the following (30 units):

    • EDRG 540 Advanced Studies in Literacy (3)
    • EDRG 543 Integration of Technology in Reading/Language Arts (3)
    • EDRG 544 Foundations of Literacy Research (3)
    • EDRG 551 Assessment and Instruction in Reading and Writing (3)
    • EDRG 554 Reading/Language Arts Curriculum: Leadership and Supervision (3)
    • EDRG 556 Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading (3)
    • EDRG 558 Language Study for Reading Teachers (3)
    • EDRG 559 Practicum in Teaching Reading/Language Arts (3)
    • EDRG 651 Advanced Diagnosis and Intervention in Reading/Language Arts (3)
    • EDP /LING 595 Qualitative Research Methods (3)

Contact program advisor prior to beginning coursework.

2. One of the following chosen in consultation with the program advisor (3-6 units):

    • Comprehensive Examination and EDRG 695 (3 units)
    • Thesis and EDRG 698 (6 units)

Option in Mathematics Education (code EDELMA07)

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Mathematics Education is designed for teachers seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in mathematics content and pedagogy. Candidates investigate research-based mathematics teaching and learning with a focus on developing their ability to assess the learning needs of diverse students, support students in achieving mathematics proficiency, integrate technology in mathematics instruction, and develop a balanced mathematics instructional program that focuses on conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and problem solving. Visit the program website for program details (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm).

Prerequisites to the Program

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 the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of coursework.
  • 3. A valid teaching credential (may be waived by program coordinator).
  • 4. Six (6) units in teaching mathematics (may be waived by program coordinator).
  • 5. For international students whose primary language is not English, minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application to the Program

Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor (www.csumentor.edu). One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

The Mathematics Education program application must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded from the College of Education website (www.ced.csulb.edu/academic/masters.cfm). The program application does not require a set of transcripts. The deadline for submitting an application for fall entry in the program is May 15.

Conditional Admission to the Program

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Conditional admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy

(Clear Admission to the Program)

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. They should meet with the program coordinator to plan their program no later than completing 6 units. For Advancement to Candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment (GWAR).

2. Resolve all incomplete grades.

3. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

4. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.

Program Requirements

1. Research and Methods (6 units).

  • Take the following:
    • EDME 501 Assessment in Teaching/Learning Math (3)
    • EDME 502 Research in Math Teaching/Learning (3)

2. Core (9 units).

  • Take one of the following:
    • EDME 500 Contemporary Issues in Math Education (3)
    • MTED 511 Mathematics Teaching and Learning (3)
  • Take the following:
    • EDME 505 Technology in Teaching/Learning Math (3)
    • EDME 550 Global Perspectives in Math Teaching (3)

3. Concentration (12 units).

    • Take all of the following:
    • MTED 500 Advanced Perspectives of Concepts Foundational to Algebra for Teachers (3)
    • EDME 503 Advanced Math Methods in Teaching, 1 (3)
    • EDME 504 Advanced Math Methods in Teaching, 2 (3)
    • EDME 520 Algebra: Research-Based Pedagogy (3)

4. Capstone Requirement (3-6 units)

  • One of the following chosen in consultation with an advisor:
    • Comprehensive Examination and EDME 695 (3 units)
    • Thesis and EDME 698 (6 units)