School of Education

Masters of Arts in Education

The MA in Education is a multidisciplinary program that helps educators to create a strong democratic and sustainable society that honors diversity and inclusivity. The coursework supports the development of effective, reflective, and engaged educators who value the identities of all students, their families, and the communities they serve.

The program endorses scholar-practitioner inquiry and responsible praxis–based pedagogies that serve as tools toward cultivating socially and ecologically just practices in classrooms, local communities, and beyond.

The MA in Education is designed for credentialed K-12 teachers or others who work in education settings. (MA program is a minimum of 30 units). 

The MA in Education program does NOT lead to a teaching credential. 

Starting in Fall 2024, the Masters of Arts in Education program will be an online program. This means all core/required courses will have an online option. Our online program includes synchronous, asynchronous, hyflex, and blended courses. Note: Credential courses that can count as electives via "carry forward" credits are not guaranteed to have an online option.

Core Courses: 18 units

Required Courses Fall/Spring Comparison

"X" indicates which semesters the course is typically offered. Note some courses are only offered in fall or only spring semesters.

Required Core Courses (18 units)FallSpring
EDMA 600 Critical Perspectives in EducationX
EDMA 610 Intro. to Inquiry in EducationX
EDCI 611 Analysis of InstructionX
BLMC 672 Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Educational Theories and PracticesX
SPED 661 Inclusive Theories and Practices in Special Ed.X
EDMA 611* Research Seminar in Education
(required to be taken one semester before EDMA 699T/P)
Culminating Activity(opens in new window): Thesis, Project, or Comp Exam
EDMA 699 T/P or EDMA 696* (Culminating Activity is completed during your last semester.)

* If taking EDMA 696 (Comp exam), EDMA 611 is not required but an additional elective must be substituted.

Elective Options: 9-12 units*

(limited to up to two 500-level courses)

  • Other 500- and 600-level courses not listed below may also be used as electives in the program (i.e., initial credential courses). Please consult with the program coordinator to develop and confirm your Masters Degree Program Plan (PDF).
  • BLMC 518 Language and Communication Skills of EL
  • BLMC 536 Intro. to Multicultural Education
  • EDCI 656 Rural and Small School Education
  • EDCI 657 Literature for a Multicultural World
  • EDCI 675 Digital Media and Online Learning
  • SPED 520 Assessment and Evaluation in General and Special Education
  • SPED 664 Instructional and Assistive Technology (formerly "Academic Literacy and Communication for Students with Disabilities")
  • SPED 680 Advanced Methods for Autism Disorder
  • SPED 691 Collaboration in Education
  • EDTE 673 Teaching English Learners: Literacy and Academic Access
  • EDTE 672 Teaching Reading/Language Arts in Bilingual and/or General Education Classrooms
  • EDTE 676B Assessment in Bilingual and/or General Education K-12
  • EDMA 620 Trauma Informed Education*
  • EDMA 621 Working with Paraprofessionals in K-12 Education* 

*These courses are only offered through Professional and Continuing Education (PCE). You must register for those courses through PCE 

Transfer Credits

Students admitted to the MA in Education program may be able transfer Master’s-level credits from another institution (up to 6 credits). 

Students who completed their initial teaching credential (i.e., Education Specialist(opens in new window), Multiple Subject(opens in new window), Single Subject(opens in new window), or Bilingual Authorization(opens in new window)) at Chico State may carry-forward up to 9 credits from their credential program to the MA in Education program. 

Note: There is a 7-year time limit on credential courses, please consult with the program coordinator for further information.

PASC students can count up to 12 credits of their program (i.e., EDAD 631, EDAD 632) toward a MA in Education from Chico State. All transfer credits are subject to recency and content standards. For further information, contact the MA program coordinator. 

Note: There is a 7-year time limit on PASC credential courses, please consult with the program coordinator for further information.


Dr. Ben Seipel
Graduate Coordinator
Tehama 423