The Master of Arts in Education
The mission of the Master of Arts in Education is to address educational
challenges in the belief that School of Education faculty, students, and
educational partners will make a difference in the lives of those who learn
and teach. The program instills respect for educational research and applications
and a commitment to contribute to the heritage of scholarship in the field.
The graduate program strives to improve the quality of education at all
levels, to promote equality of opportunity for all learners, and to enhance
the contributions that education makes to local communities and to society
The MA in Education is a professional degree that allows the candidate
to study in depth a specific area of interest related to teaching and learning.
The MA program provides an opportunity to study both theoretical and pragmatic
issues and the interrelationships among these. The degree is designed to
enhance the professional abilities of the career professional and to provide
advanced preparation for those seeking degrees beyond the MA. MA in Education
programs are available in both the Department of Professional Studies in
Education and the Department of Education. Please see options and advising
Masters Degree Option and Patterns
The Curriculum and Instruction Option is a multidisciplinary program that
helps educators broaden their knowledge of learning and the educational
concepts, and advance their ability to develop curriculum and plan instruction
for the improvement of learning. Contact the department of Education for
a program planning guide.
The Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners Option is designed to
develop a knowledge base and leadership skills that will prepare candidates
to address the critical pedagogical and linguistic needs of Californias
diverse student populationincluding specially designed academic instruction
in English and English language developmentand to promote sensitivity
to multicultural issues in education. Contact either the Department of
Education or the Department of Professional Studies in Education for a
program planning guide.
The Reading/Language Arts Option is designed to prepare teachers for leadership
positions related to the teaching of reading/language arts in K-14 settings.
Courses focus on issues of language development; child or adolescent literature;
diagnosis and treatment of learner needs, including clinical practice;
knowledge of issues and research. Most courses may be applied to a California
Reading/Language Arts Specialist Credential. Contact the Department of
Professional Studies in Education for information.
The Special Education (Education Specialist) Option incorporates current
masters degree requirements, courses from Level II and the Resource Specialist
Certificate, and other options from which the candidate may select. One
plan includes the thesis, a second plan includes a creative project, and
a third includes research work and oral and written examinations. All inquiries
and planning should be made directly with special education faculty. Contact
the Department of Professional Studies in Education for information.
The Advising Pattern in Educational Administration provides professional
preparation for school leadership. Courses address communication skills,
curriculum, supervision, management of funds and facilities, law, personnel,
instructional leadership, and other administrative functions. Contact the
Department of Education for a program planning guide.
Requirements for the Masters Degree:
Requirements for the Masters Degree in Education are established by the
department, the graduate students masters advisory committee, and the
Office of Graduate Programs. They include:
1. Completion of an approved program consisting of a minimum of 30 units
of 200/300-level courses as follows:
(a) At least 18 units in the discipline of Education.
(b) At least 18 of the units required for the degree in 300-level courses.
(c) Not more than 9 semester units of approved graduate-level transfer
and/or extension credit.
(d) Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent Study (EDMA 398) and
Masters Study (EDMA 399) may be applied to the degree; and not more than
6 units of Masters Study (EDMA 399) may be applied to the degree.
(e) Completion of required courses (normally 12 units).
One course selected from the series:
EDMA 303-307 Foundations 3.0
Three courses required:
EDMA 335A Intro to Inquiry in Education 3.0
EDMA 335B Research Sem in Education 3.0
399 Masters Thesis/Proj. 3.0-6.0
EDMA 398 Comprehensive Examination or EDMA 335C Synthesizing Experience
in Education (or other approved culminating activity) may be elected in
lieu of EDMA 399 in some options. Selection of appropriate culminating
activity will be made in consultation with the students masters advisory
committee and the approval of the departments graduate coordinator.
Enroll in EDMA 335C, 398, or 399 in the semester when the work is in progress.
(f) Completion of 18 units of courses related to your program option or
(g) Masters degree students are required to be enrolled continuously from
the time they begin their program until the degree is awarded. Continuous
enrollment may be maintained either through registration as a matriculated
student or through adjunct enrollment. See Regulations Governing Graduate
Students for a full description of continuous enrollment.
2. Meeting the literacy requirement: Students in the MA in Education program
demonstrate writing competence by submitting a rationale for their program
plan and by completing EDMA 335A.
3. Satisfactory completion of an MA program culminating activity.
4. Approval of the culminating activity by the students MA adviser and
the department graduate coordinator.
5. Recommendation for the degree by the department graduate coordinator
and the Graduate Council on behalf of the faculty of the university. All
forms and approvals requiring the signature of the graduate coordinator
must be processed by the department housing the option or advising pattern.
Admission and Progress:
It is the students responsibility to meet all requirements and submit
application forms for changes in graduate status. Forms for advancement
to classified status and candidacy are available from the Office of Graduate
Programs and the department offices. Forms must be submitted to the appropriate
graduate coordinator for approval.
Graduate Programs Time Limit:
All requirements for the degree are to be
completed within seven years of the end of the semester of enrollment in
the oldest course applied toward the degree. See Graduate Education in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.
Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:
1. An acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or an equivalent
approved by the Office of Graduate Programs.
2. Satisfactory grade point
average as specified in Admission to Masters Degree Programs in The University Catalog.
3. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate
Students admitted to Conditionally Classified status also must file with
the department graduate coordinator a Preliminary Program Plan and a statement
describing their rationale for the program plan. These documents must be
approved by the program coordinator of the option or advising pattern selected.
Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:
Usually no fewer than 9 units or more than 15 units may be taken before
admission to Classified Status. In addition to the requirements above,
you need to:
1. Successfully complete EDMA 335A: Intro to Inquiry in Education.
your masters advisory committee.
3. Obtain approval of your masters degree
program plan in consultation with your masters advisory committee and
file the plan with the department graduate coordinator. Include a rationale
the program plan.
Prerequisites for Advancement to Candidacy:
Graduate students having Classified Status and who have completed one-half
of their approved program can apply for advancement to candidacy. In addition
to the requirements above, you need to obtain the approval of your masters
advisory committee (with committee signatures) for your culminating activity
and file the proposal with the department graduate coordinator. When applicable,
approval for using human subjects must be secured before the proposal is
Graduate Grading Requirements:
All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study EDMA
398 and Masters Study EDMA 399) must be taken for a letter grade, except
those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (200-level courses),
AB/No Credit (300-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only.
A maximum of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No
Credit grades may be used on the approved program (including EDMA 398,
EDMA 399, and courses outside the major). While grading standards are determined
by individual programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the university
that unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement
of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students
pursuing graduate study.
Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all courses on the
approved masters degree program as well as in all courses taken subsequent
to admission to conditionally classified status.
Graduate Advising Recommended
Advising is recommended each semester for MA in Education students. Upon
admittance to the program, graduate students are encouraged to consult
with the graduate coordinator of the department which houses their program
option or advising pattern.
It is important for you to do this as early as possible. The department
graduate or program coordinator helps you in identifying and selecting
an MA adviser. All forms and approvals requiring the signature of the graduate
coordinator must be processed by the department housing the advising pattern