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Masters of Science in Education, Curriculum Option

Masters Program Overview

This program is designed to prepare teachers and educational professionals who are dedicated to the academic achievement of all students and who demonstrate a commitment to life-long professional growth and school leadership. We strive for students who demonstrate that research informs educational decisions, curriculum must be universally accessible, and that educators collaboratively advocate for social justice and democracy. These programs of study are accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and/or the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Degree Requirements

The Department of Teacher Education offers an MS in Education, Option in Curriculum. This 45-unit program consists of four core courses (16 units) and Electives (16-29 units.) The series of 4 core courses is designed to prepare student to implement an action-research project in their own classroom. The electives offered are from various content areas of the curriculum such as:

  • Children’s Literature
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Environmental Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Science/Health Education

Students may transfer up to 13 units from a Single or Multiple Subject Credential Program, or from an accredited University graduate program, pending the units are no older than 7 years when the student graduates with the Master’s degree. No Extension or Continuing Education units are may be used. Most graduate classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening and offer a variety of delivery modes including face-to-face and hybrid. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Have earned a G.P.A. of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter units (or semester equivalent) of upper-division, post-baccalaureate and graduate-level courses. This also includes a credential program.
  • Complete all graduate application materials with the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services
  • Complete the University and Department Application Forms

Potential Program Schedule: Electives are assigned by Coordinator

TED 6300 Curriculum TED 6700 Psychology TED 6020 Research TED 6901
TED Elective TED Elective TED Elective TED Elective

*Students must also register for a 2 units Seminar each quarter. This seminar provides support for the research sequence as well as provides an introduction to campus services and advising. If a student does not have units to bring into the program, an additional elective can be taken for 3 quarters. All electives and core courses are 4 units.


  1. Admissions Checklist 
  2. Bachelors Degree (any area of focus)
  3. 3.0 Overall GPA
  • Summer entry only
  • 4 consecutive quarters
  • 45 Unit Program
  • Up to 13 units transferrable (requires coordinator approval)
  • Applications open in February

Dr. Valerie Helgren-Lempesis

Art & Education Rm. 250


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