Masters of Arts In Education
The Curriculum & Instruction Program is intended for educators and those interested in education who are seeking to enhance their skills and understanding of curriculum development, implementation, and assessment. While most candidates for the MA degree are K-12 teachers, the program can be beneficial for professional development specialists, community college instructors, coaches, and others.
Within the C&I program, there are five core courses (16 units) plus the Culminating Activity (5 units). Additionally, students choose from a range of electives that include courses in Educational Technology. Courses are taught completely online and do not require students to come to the Bakersfield campus.
The MA in Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The Masters program offers several Educational Technology courses for those who wish to explore technology integration in the classroom. Courses are oriented towards K-12 with applications that can be employed beyond the classroom. The program begins with a strong background in curriculum and instructional models, both in traditional and technology supported modes. The three Educational Technology courses deal with standards, assessment, and legal aspects of school-based technology. Additional electives are offered to allow for breadth of knowledge. The program is designed for technology proficient professionals who wish to develop themselves further and move into curriculum and technology leadership roles.
MA Pattern Requirements:
A minimum of 45 quarter units are required for the degree. A degree program may not contain units from courses over 7 years old.
1) Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university
2) A 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate coursework
3) A Valid Teaching Credential
4) Two Reference Forms
5) Technology Survey
6) $75 Application Fee
7) One Official Transcript from each college attended
Core Courses (16 units)
- EDRS 680 Educational Statistics (4)
- EDRS 681 Research Design & Analysis in Education(3)
- EDCI 516 Education: Past, Present, and Future (3)
- EDCI 520 Classroom Strategies for Improving Student Learning(3)
- EDCI 530 Responding to Change: Curriculum Development (3)
Culminating Activity (Select one of the following)
- EDCA 690 Master’s Thesis in Education (5)
- EDCA 691 Master’s Project in Education (5)
- EDCA 692 Master’s Examination in Education (5)
Technology: Students are required to take a minimum of one technology course, but all technology courses can be taken for elective units.
- EDCI 570 Technology & Assessment (5)
- EDCI 572 Teaching to CA Standards (5)
- EDCI 573 Fundamentals of School Legal Issues in Technology (5)
Additional Elective Options:
- EDCI 511 Advanced Educational Psychology & Learning Theory (3)
- EDCI 525 The Gifted, Talented, and Creative Child (5)
- EDCI 531 Curriculum Eval & Performance Based Assessment (3)
- EDCI 532 Concepts of Science Education (3)
- EDCI 533 Special Problems in Science Education (3)
- EDCI 536 Special Problems in Mathematics Education (3)
- EDCI 548 Instructional Leadership in Education as a Profession (3)
- EDCI 587 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Educators (3)
- EDCI 588 Teaching Diverse Students (3)
- EDCI 595 Recent Developments in Education (3)
- EDCI 604 Special Topics (1-5)
Courses listed are a sampling of the offerings within the program. Additional Courses from the catalog may be offered and will count towards the C&I concentration.