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Teacher Education

Master of Arts in Education

**The information below differs from the print version of the CSULB Catalog. EDCI 560 is an inactive course and has been removed from the Advanced Methods listing. Please browse here for a full list of differences between the print and online catalog. (08/29/11, 10/12/11)**

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/departments-programs).

Prerequisites

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 consent 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

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 at www.ced.csulb.edu/graduate/application-packets. The program application does not require a set of transcripts.

Conditional Admission

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

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

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 Requirement (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.

Requirements

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

  • Take the following:
    • EDP 400 Introduction to Educational Research (3)

Take one of the following Tracks:

Comprehensive Examination Track:

  • Take one of the following:
    • EDP 520 Quantitative 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 570 Advanced Studies in Teaching History-Social Science (3)
      • Consult an advisor for information regarding the additional 3 units required.
  • 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)

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