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Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary (6-12)

The Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum & Instruction- Secondary is a 30-33 unit program designed to foster the development of educators who are caring, effective, reflective, and committed to improving their 6-12 schools. Coursework prepares teachers to apply theoretical insights and research findings to the practical problems they encounter in their work in curriculum and instruction. In addition to preparing graduate students to make useful connections between theory, research, and practice, the program also sets the goal of strengthening students’ ability to effectively communicate their knowledge and understanding of current educational problems to diverse audiences (i.e., students, parents, colleagues, school and district administrators, and policymakers).

A program planner will be provided to each student upon admission. Each Fall and Spring semester, students typically enroll in 2 courses. Summer enrollment is optional; there is limited availability of summer courses. Curriculum & Instruction program courses are typically offered weeknights from 4:00-6:45PM or from 7:00-9:45PM, subject to change.


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 (may be waived by 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) website at for more information.

Program Requirements

Methods of Social Science Inquiry (6 units):

Take the following:

  • EDP 400 - Introduction to Educational Research (3 units)
  • EDCI 533 - Action Research Methods: Teachers as Inquirers (3 units)

Core (12 units):

Take all of the following:

  • EDCI 500 - Studies in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units)
  • EDCI 505 - History of Education in the United States (3 units)
  • EDCI 530 - Cross-cultural Education: US and Global Perspectives (3 units)
  • EDCI 625 - Analysis of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3 units)

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:

Research methods courses in preparation for the thesis (9 units):

  • EDP 520 - Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3 units)
  • EDP 595 - Qualitative Research Methods in Education (3 units)
  • EDP 596 - Program Evaluation in Education (3 units)

Teaching Methods Courses

  • Up to 6 units of (400 Level) courses if not previously taken for B.S. or B.A. credit.
  • Additional 500/600 level coursework chosen in consultation with the program advisor.

Advanced Coursework

Advanced coursework in a self-selected concentration chosen in consultation with the program advisor (9 units).

Capstone (choose either option in consultation with the program advisor):

  • EDCI 695 - Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3 units) and Comprehensive Examination
  • EDCI 698 - Thesis Study in Curriculum and Instruction (6 units) and Thesis

Course Descriptions

Please see the University Catalog for course descriptions.