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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education: Curriculum and Instruction Specialization, M.A.

Curriculum and Instruction Specialization 31-33 units

The Master of Arts in Education provides advance preparation for educational professionals and leaders. The specialization in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is intended for educators who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in curriculum, teaching and learning, educational research and assessment towards promoting student learning.


A Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction offers the opportunity for PreK-12 teachers to enhance their knowledge and skills as they pertain to the PreK- 12 classroom. By combining theory and practice teachers will be able to improve their own classroom practices, be in a position to assume instructional leadership, curriculum design roles, and professional training in their schools or districts. This specialization positions educators to pursue graduate work at the doctoral level.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Application - Apply to both the University Admissions office and the School of Education.
  2. One set of Official Transcripts - One official set of transcripts from each of the colleges or universities attended must be mailed directly to the CI Admissions office. Must have a BA or BS degree. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 units is required to be accepted into the Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction Specialization.
  3. Experience - Documentation of at least one year of successful teaching experience.
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation from professionals who are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional work, one of whom is the candidate’s current school administrator or employer.
  5. Interview - Interview with School of Education Admissions Committee.
  6. Writing Sample - A written statement of purpose (500- 600 word essay) describing why the candidate desires to pursue a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. This essay will include reflection on teacher preparation experiences thus far, personal professional goals, and ways in which the candidate’s knowledge and skills will be developed to achieve these goals.


Required Courses for Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction - 9 units

Electives - 15 units

(Six units must have an EDCI Prefix; 9 units must be 500-level and higher; Up to 6 units may be transferred from credential coursework or 500-level or higher courses.)


Select 600 level MA in English courses
- with consent of instructor.*

Select 400 level and above Mathematics courses
- with consent of instructor.*

All 400 level and above Biology courses
- with consent of instructor.*

All 400 level and above History courses
- with consent of instructor.*

* See MA in Education Program Advisor for a list of available elective courses in these areas.

Program Maintenance Requirements: As a condition of remaining in the program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better with no course grades lower than a C+.

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement

Writing proficiency for the awarding of the degree is demonstrated by successful completion of EDUC 605 - Education in a Diverse Society , with a grade of B or higher.