Master of Science, Curriculum and Instruction

Applications will Open for Summer 2024 -February 1st


Program Overview

The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction prepares individuals to take their teaching to the next level by enhancing their skills and knowledge to inspire and improve student achievement.  Today, teachers must curate, collaborate and create materials for diverse and inclusive classrooms. The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction has been redesigned to provide educational professionals advanced training and competencies in the area of Curriculum and Instruction. National, state and local documents are analyzed in coursework and evidenced-based pedagogies, inquiry based learning and social justice are examined through a critical lens. 

This 3-semester 30 unit program caters to the working practitioner (T-K-12 teacher) and classes are offered at convenient times two times a week. Using a cohort and hybrid model, students take a series of classes designed to prepare them to become creators, collaborators and consumers of curriculum both in the classroom and online. They explore the “why” and “how to” of instruction using research and classroom practice. The program culminates with an action-research project in an educational setting.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may be eligible to secure positions as curriculum developers, curriculum specialists, Teachers on Special Assignment (TSA), tutors, trainers for professional businesses. Graduates may also accept curriculum and leadership/teaching positions in State, County, District offices and Community Colleges.

Admission Requirements

Potential students must hold a post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, earned at least a 3.0 in all upper division/post-baccalaureate work, and an appropriate background which is typically successful completion of a California (or other state or country) teaching credential and/or work experience.

  1. Candidates must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Candidates must have earned at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in all upper division/post-baccalaureate coursework.
  3. If candidates have a baccalaureate degree from out of the country, they must have their transcripts evaluated by the International Graduate Student Admissions Office.
  4. Candidates, upon entry or graduation, must have met the University Writing Skills Requirements (UWSR). For information about meeting the UWSR, see the Testing Office Website or call 510-885-3662.


Required Courses

  • TED 601 - Professional Research Seminar I
  • TED 602 - Professional Research Seminar II
  • TED 603 - Professional Research Seminar III
  • TED 612 - Understanding Design and Planning Research in Education
  • TED 641 - History, Theory, & Social Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction
  • TED 642 - Developing & Evaluating Curriculum & Instruction
  • TED 643 - Advanced Theory & Methods of Curriculum and Instruction
  • TED 644 - Critical & Contemporary Issues in Curriculum & Instruction
  • TED 697 - Issues in Teacher Education
  • TED 693 - Master's Project

Program Coordinator

Dr. Valerie Helgren-Lempesis
Art & Education Rm. 309
Phone: (510) 885-3006


  1. University Application via CSU Apply
  2. Department Application and Requirements (click the "Apply" button below)
Up to 3 semester units (4.5 quarter units) from a graduate level or completed credential program from an accredited university.
  • Continuing Education/Extension units from other universities cannot be transferred into the MS program.
  • Any transfer units must be approved by the program coordinator.
  • Transfer units cannot be older than 5 years.
Transfer units cannot be older than 7 years at term of graduation.