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The Master of Arts in Education

Course Requirements for the Master's Degree: 30 units

Continuous enrollment is required. At the discretion of the academic program, a maximum of 30 percent of the units counted toward the degree requirements may be special session credit earned in non-matriculated status combined with all transfer coursework.  This applies to special session credit earned through Open University, or in courses offered for academic credit through Regional and Continuing Education. Correspondence courses and UC Extension coursework are not acceptable for transfer. Correspondence courses and UC Extension coursework are not acceptable for transfer.

Graduate 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 Master's Degree Requirements in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

Program Mission

We believe in the power of education to create a strong democratic and sustainable society that honors diversity and inclusivity. The mission of the School of Education (SOE), in collaboration with our community partners, is to support the development of effective, reflective, and engaged educators who value the identities of all students, their families, and the communities they serve. We are committed to 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.

Admission and Advancement in the MA in Education

To be admitted to the MA in Education, students must hold an acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution and have attained grade point averages of at least 2.5 overall, 2.75 in the last 60 units, and 3.0 in the last 30 units. Students must also pass the Initial Education Writing Assessment sent to them at the time of application for admission. Students meeting these requirements will be admitted to Classified Status.

Students who do not meet all requirements above may be admitted to Conditionally Classified status to address needs through additional preparation. Conditionally Classified students will complete 12 units of courses designated by the department's Graduate Coordinator with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and will satisfy any program specified criteria for admission to Classified Status.

Graduate students having Classified Status can apply for Advancement to Candidate status after successfully completing 15 units of program courses, including EDMA 610 (Introduction to Inquiry in Education), with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, the second writing proficiency assessment, and filing a master's degree program plan. Students submit an application for Advancement to Candidate status to their MA advisor/committee chair. Approval of the department's Graduate Coordinator is also required.

For additional information, see the Graduate Education section of this catalog and check with department offices in the School of Education.

Requirements for the Master's Degree:

Requirements for the Master's Degree in Education are established by the School of Education, the student's master's advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate Studies. They include:

  1. Completion of an approved program consisting of a minimum of 30 units of 400/500/600-level courses as follows:
    1. At least 18 units in the discipline of Education.
    2. At least 18 units required for the degree in 600-level courses.
    3. A maximum of 30 percent of the units counted toward the degree requirements may be Open University or other special session credit earned in non-matriculated status combined with all transfer coursework.
    4. Not more than a total of 10 units of Independent Study (EDMA 697) and Master's Project (EDMA 699P) or Master's Thesis (EDMA 699T) may be applied to the degree. The Master's Project (EDMA 699P) or Master's Thesis (EDMA 699T) may not be more than 6 units.
    5. Completion of required courses.
    6. Completion of a culminating activity, courses associated with that culminating activity, and approval by the MA advisor and the department graduate coordinator. The specific culminating activity is determined in consultation with assigned advisor and/or student's masters committee.
    7. Thesis or project: students complete EDMA 611 and EDMA 699T or EDMA 699P.
    8. Master's 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. Recommendation for the degree by the department graduate coordinator and the Graduate Coordinators Committee 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.

It is the student's responsibility to meet all requirements and submit application forms for changes in graduate status. Forms for advancement in status are available from the Office of Graduate Studies and the department offices. Forms must be submitted to the appropriate graduate coordinator for approval.

General Overview

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

5 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: Possess a single or multiple subjects credential, or faculty permission.
A study of theories and pedagogical practices for more equitable learning environments for linquistically and culturally diverse learners, in both K-12 classrooms and in university contexts. Course content includes specifically designed academic instruction delivered in English, as well as inclusion of students' other languages and language variations to maximize learning. The models provided allow for implementation in varied educational contexts. 3 hours seminar. (001412)
Applications of principles, practices, systems, and models for observation and analysis of classroom instruction for self-improvement and the improvement of instruction by other educators. 3 hours seminar. (002813)
This foundation course examines current and historical issues related to supporting the important connection between social justice and democracy in public education and society. Students explore, research, and discuss past and current socio-political issues and trends in education, with particular focus on diverse student populations in our schools and the democratic professional practices that best serve our educational communities. 3 hours lecture. (021329)
Prerequisites: Experience using computers, faculty permission.
This course develops the knowledge and skills educators need as consumers and producers of educational research. Introduction to skills for accessing, comprehending, planning, and conducting educational research and basic statistics. This course should be taken early in the MA degree program. 3 hours seminar. (002875)
This course invites candidates to develop theories, knowledge, and dispositions to teach in a variety of educational settings serving students with disabilities. Integrating knowledge and practice from the fields of disability studies and special education, candidates explore critical topics including: disability in society and schools; the intersection of disability status with race, class, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, and gender identities; and strategies for developing and enacting inclusive special education policies, practices, assessments, and curricula. 3 hours lecture. (021005)

Culminating Activity

3 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy in the MA in Education degree or permission of instructor.
A study of the major themes of the MA in Education program. This course is open to all MA students; however, it is a preparation course for the MA in Education comprehensive exam. Students taking the comprehensive exam must register for this course in the final semester of their program. The exam is given as part of the course. 9 hours independent study. Credit/no credit grading. (002872)
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. A Master's Project is an alternative terminal project as partial fulfillment of the requirements for a master's degree. In some cases the format of an MA study is most appropriately handled under the designation of project. The project is the creation of a product that has a purpose beyond the study; e.g., handbook, curriculum guide, video tape, video slide presentation, etc. A project requires a bound companion document which explains the project's creation and development. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002881)

must be taken for 3 units

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (002879)

must be taken for 3 units

General Electives

Limited to two 500-level courses. Thesis/Project students must take EDMA 611.

12 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: A Multiple or Single Subject Credential or faculty permission.
Study of special needs of language minority children related to communication skills, ESL/Bilingual, and language arts curriculum areas in elementary school. The value of language, with emphasis on English sounds, words, and sentences as they affect dialects and social standards, will be introduced. The interrelatedness of language processing as it incorporates children's literature will be discussed. 3 hours seminar. (001409)
Examination of ways in which socio-cultural factors influence teaching/learning process for students in all classrooms. Emphasis on approaches and strategies for integrating cross-cultural concepts into content areas, evaluating instructional materials, and developing curriculum. 3 hours seminar. (001411)
This course investigates the issues and problems that are confronted by educators who work in rural and samll schools, specifically in California. Learners review current theories and models for rural and small school organization and operation. Topics include small school and community relationships, curriculum design and implementation, options for operation and governance, community focus, partnerships and opportunities, implications of Federal policy, technology plans, diversity, and contemporary resources. 3 hours seminar. (020332)
Multicultural literature is central to helping students understand themselves and the world in which they live. This survey course addresses how to identify, select, and evaluate appropriate literature and includes study of how to implement and use multicultural books with children who are native English speakers as well as those who are English language learners. 3 hours seminar. (003121)
Examination of theoretical foundations and practical applications of digital instructional media for educators teaching face-to-face and/or online. This course addresses pedagogical considerations and best practices for using emerging technologies for professional development in teaching and instructing students. 3 hours discussion. (002811)
Prerequisites: EDMA 610, faculty permission.
Assists in the development of research proposals and the communication of research. Master's candidates gain insight into the conduct of educational research, develop the proposal for their thesis or project, and draft a summary of related previous research. This course should be taken just before beginning a master's thesis or project. 9 hours independent study. (002876)

Graduate Requirement in Writing Proficiency:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

Students in the MA in Education program demonstrate writing proficiency through a combination of exercises beginning with the Initial Education Writing Assessment, submitted as part of the program application process, and continuing throughout the program. Specifically, with the application for Advancement to Candidate status, students submit a selected EDMA 610 writing assignment and a second writing assignment specified by program option faculty. These assignments are evaluated to determine graduate level writing proficiency.

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study - 697, Comprehensive Examination - 696, Master's Project - 699P, and Master's Thesis - 699T) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (400/500-level courses), AB/No Credit (600-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 697, 696, 699P, 699T 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 minimum 3.0 grade point average in each of the following three categories: all course work taken at any accredited institution subsequent to admission to the master's program; all course work taken at CSU, Chico subsequent to admission to the program; and all courses on the approved master's degree program.

Graduate Advising Requirement:

Advising is recommended each semester for MA in Education students. Upon admission to the program, graduate students are assigned a faculty advisor. Graduate students are encouraged to meet with their assigned advisors as they begin their program and each semester thereafter. The School of Education Graduate Coordinator oversees the MA in Education faculty advisors. All forms and approvals requiring the signature of the graduate coordinator must be processed by the department housing the advising option.

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