Oct 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, M.A. Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis - 31 units

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs and Degrees

The Master of Arts in Education, designed for educational professionals and leaders, provides advanced preparation in the study of research issues confronting educators and schooling systems. There are two emphases– Curriculum and Instruction and Disability Studies– created for specific populations of professionals seeking to apply their graduate learning towards their career goals.

Admission to the Master of Arts in Education

1. Application– Apply to both the University Admissions office and the School of Education, Graduate Program.

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. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for acceptance into the Master of Arts in Education. Students with a GPA lower than 3.0 may qualify by taking the GRE and achieving minimum threshold scores.

3. Two Letters of Recommendation– Two letters of recommendation from professionals who are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional work.

4. Interview - Interview with the School of Education Admissions Committee.

5. Writing Sample– A written statement of purpose (500-600 word essay) describing why the candidate desires to obtain a Master’s in Education in the chosen emphasis. This essay will include reflection on personal and professional goals, and the ways in which the knowledge and skills will be developed to achieve these goals.

Program Maintenance Requirements

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better with no course grades lower than a C+. The progress of students in meeting this requirement and in progressing toward completion in a timely manner will be monitored at the conclusion of each term.

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement

Writing proficiency for the awarding of the degree is demonstrated by successful completion of EDUC 615 - Principles of Educational Research with a grade of B or higher.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy represents the formulation of an official program of study for a master’s degree in the School of Education. It establishes your catalog rights and forms the basis of your degree audit when you are ready to graduate. At least one semester prior to graduation, you must advance to candidacy, which is when you receive approval of your program of study from your Graduate Advisor. You must be enrolled when you advance to candidacy. Advancement to Candidacy is a prerequisite for enrolling in the culminating experience (thesis or comprehensive examination). Students are eligible to advance to candidacy and must meet the following requirements before submitting the Advancement to Candidacy Worksheet:

1. Successful completion of the course identified to fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.

2. Resolve incomplete grades, if applicable.

3. Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative and program grade point average.

4. Complete six units of program requirements, program prerequisites (if applicable), and any other program requirements for advancement to candidacy.

Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction - 12 units

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) Emphasis is intended for educators who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in curriculum, teaching and learning, educational research, and assessment to promote student learning.


The Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis 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 emphasis positions educators to pursue graduate work at the doctoral level.

Elective Courses - 6 units

  • Six units 500-level and higher

    (Three units must have an EDCI prefix and up to six units may be transferred from credential coursework or 500-level or higher courses)

Culminating Experience and Preparation Courses - 7 units

Select Thesis or Comprehensive Exam Option:

Thesis Option

Comprehensive Exam Option

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs and Degrees