MA in Degree in Education Option in Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to MA in Education(Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction)

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Program Application

The Master of Arts Degree with an Option in Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction is designed to provide educators with opportunities for professional growth in many dimensions.  One of its primary objectives is to develop teachers’ commitment to students and to their students’ learning .  Candidates in the program also deepen both their knowledge of the subjects they teach and broaden their skills in delivering that knowledge.  While enhancing their instructional management and motivational skills, candidates expand their capacity to reflect on the practice of teaching and use that reflection to further their development as teachers.  Candidates are encouraged to see themselves as participants in learning communities and to discover ways in which they can both learn from and contribute to those communities.

Personal and Professional Benefits
Deepen the meaning and pleasure of teaching by exploring teaching practice, sharing with colleagues, and creating new solutions to instructional problems.

  • Discover innovative methods of instruction to increase effectiveness and students’ engagement, learning, and thinking.
  • Develop knowledge and strategies to design curriculum at classroom, school, and district levels.
  • Increase leadership effectiveness among fellow teachers by understanding the complex social factors at work in school communities.
  • Take charge of change by developing, implementing, and evaluating instructional innovations in middle and high schools.
  • Gain knowledge of skills and procedures in educational research to understand and conduct inquiry that improves classroom instruction.
  • Prepare for additional subject area teaching certifications through appropriate course work leading to demonstration of competency in selected fields while earning an MA degree.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills that enable teachers to effectively pursue National Board Certification in their chosen field.
  • Build knowledge base and experience that prepares educators for entry into doctoral programs in education.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.How do I gain admission to this program?
    First, you should review the program with an appropriate academic advisor in the Charter School of Education's Division of Curriculum and Instruction.  For i nformation about academic advisors' hours and office locations, please call (323) 343-4350 or visit the office of Curriculum and Instruction in King Hall room C2097.  You will need to apply for University graduate level status through the University's Graduate Office of Admissions and to the Charter School of Education's Division of Curriculum and Instruction for admission to this particular MA program.  Application forms for this MA program are available from the office of Curriculum and Instruction, the Associate Dean’s Office of Curriculum and Assessment, or from the program’s coordinator.

2.How long will it take me to complete this program?      
    We designed the program so that candidates could complete it in two years.  Maximum time allowed is seven years.   

3.Can I work toward my MA while working on my Single Subject Credential?  
    Yes, you can do both.  However, credits earned for your Single Subject Credential cannot also be used to fulfill requirements for the MA.  Furthermore, completion    of the Single Subject Credential is a prerequisite for the confirmation of the MA degree.

4.  Where and when do classes meet? 
    Classes meet on the conveniently located CSULA campus which operates on a quarter system.  To accommodate teachers' work schedules, we usually begin courses at 4:20 p.m. and end at 8:10 p.m.  

5.  How will this program help me get National Board Certification?
    You can elect to undertake a Project to culminate your MA program instead of a Thesis or Comprehensive Examination.  The Project then focuses on National Board Certification portfolios and exams.  Teachers who have pursued and achieved National Board Certification as their Project for this MA often serve on the committees of candidates seeking National Board Certification.

Program Faculty:
In this program, you’ll receive instruction from faculty members with extensive experience in classroom teaching, educational research, and teacher preparation.

Dr. Rebecca Joseph
Dr. Robert Land
Dr. Andrea Maxie, Chair of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Norman Unrau, Coordinator of MA program
Dr. Fred Uy

Program Description
Click on the PDF IconProgram Plan to learn what types of classes you’ll be taking as part of the M.A. in Education, Option in Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction.

Scholarship Information 

If you’d like to learn more about the M.A. in Education, Option in Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, you can contact the program coordinator:

Dr. Norman Unrau
(323) 343-4359