M.A. in Education
CSULA, Charter College of Education
Option in Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction
Division of Curriculum and Instruction
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
Deepen the meaning and pleasure of teaching by exploring teaching
practice, sharing with colleagues, and creating new solutions to
- Discover innovative methods of instruction to increase
effectiveness and students’ engagement, learning, and
- 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
- 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
information 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
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
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
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
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
Application to the Program
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 M.A. in Education, Option in Middle and Secondary
Curriculum and Instruction.
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