M.A. in Education
CSULA, Charter College of Education
Option in Creative Literacies and Literature
Division of Curriculum and Instruction
The Creative Literacies and Literature is an innovative MA program to encourage visual and performing arts across the curriculum. It is the only program that has an interdisciplinary approach and gives students the ability to combine their individual background with innovative teaching methods. The coursework and final projects in this Masters program are specifically designed to provide educators with creative strategies and skills that they can use to motivate all children. Specific hands-on skills such as storytelling, educational drama, children’s literature and other performing strategies are taught along with core courses in research and inquiry based instruction in a constructivist environment. Students are encouraged to choose the thesis/project option as a culmination of their program so that they get the opportunity to apply their skills in real classroom and community situations.
An MA in Education with a Creative Literacies and Literature option can support educators in their work in the following ways:
- Teachers incorporating innovative curriculum
- Provide Aesthetic Leadership across the curriculum in public and private schools
- Support Literacy activities in community institutions such as parks, libraries and neighborhood centers
- Enhance capacity to assume leadership in schools
by promoting skills and knowledge inherent in visual and performing
- Promote literacy activities in neighborhood and
community institutions such as libraries, parks and other groups
through visual and performing arts.
- Demonstrate educational research in the fields of
children’s literature, story and drama related to educational
development across the curriculum.
- Increase understanding and appreciation of multicultural, multilingual and diverse literatures.
- Demonstrate new or renewed understanding of the
curricular, pedagogical and research issues associated with the
teaching of creative literacies and literature as applied across the
- Demonstrate knowledge of educational research in
the fields of story, educational drama and children’s literature.
- Increase understanding and appreciation of
multicultural, multilingual & diverse literatures and literacies
and demonstrate their uses across the curriculum.
As a part of the Creative Literacies and Literature Option,
you’ll receive instruction from faculty members with extensive
experience in classroom teaching, education research, and teacher
preparation from across the College in many content areas of curriculum
including literacy education, language arts, early childhood, social
studies, science, math and media education. Students are encouraged to
take courses that give them a base across disciplines.
Dr. Ambika Gopal Raj (Primary Advisor)
(link to faculty web page)
“I am a published author and an LAUSD teacher. I specialize in teaching urban gifted students, and so far, I have been able to incorporate a great percentage of what I have learned in the classes that I have taken in the Creative Literature and Literacies program into my classroom with major success.”
“Throughout my time at this program, I have been gratified to find that each course in the program upheld the common thread of striving to reach students from all walks of life in order to pass on a love of reading.”
Application to the Program
Click HERE to find out how to apply to the program.
Click on the Program Plan to learn what types of classes you’ll be taking as
part of the Creative Literacies and Literature Option.
If you’d like to learn more about the Creative Literacies option, you can contact:
Dr. Ambika Gopal Raj