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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

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Masters Degree Programs

Program | Masters Program - Admissions | Classification | Candidacy and Graduation | Advisement
Science Education | Instructional Technology | Mathematics Education | English Education
Joint Induction - Teaching & Learning | MA Student Learning Outcomes | MA Survey

General Requirements

The Master of Arts in Education program with a specialization in Secondary Education is designed to prepare the secondary teacher for advancement as master teacher, supervising teacher, subject matter teaching specialist, or department chairperson. Four components comprise the program of studies: core requirements and departmental requirements in humanistic and behavioral studies, theory and practice relevant to the teaching field, and academic studies in the teaching field. The Program: Total 30 units

I. Core Requirements (6 units)

EDUC 600 Research in Education (3) EDUC 610 Current Issues in Education (3)

II. Departmental Requirements (6 units)

SED 690 Seminar in Education (3)
SED 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies for student selecting comprehensive exam (3)
SED 698 Thesis/Graduate Project (3)

III. Program Options (9 units)

  1. Subject Specialist: For teachers with majors in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies who wish to study Secondary Education from the perspective of their respective teaching fields.

    Relevant courses for English Education include: SED 524, SED 525ESL, SED 613, SED 617, SED 619, SED 625ENG, SED 626, SED 528, SED 530, SED 631, SED 695C, SED 695E, SED699. For information about the English Education Cohort, please contact Dr. Ericson or Dr. Rowlands.

    Relevant courses for Mathematics Education include: SED 535MA, SED 618, SED 625MA, SED 640, SED 644, SED 646, SED 685, SED 695D, SED 699. For information about the Mathematics Education Cohort, please contact Dr. Gainsburg.

    Relevant courses for Science Education include: SED 525S, SED 646, SED 671, SED 619, SED 625S, SED 695B, SED 699A,B, SED 555, NSF summer course . For more information, contact Dr. Herr.

    Relevant courses for Social Studies Education include: SED 610, SED 611, SED 613, SED 619, SED 625SS, SED 528, SED 635, SED 685, SED 686, SED 695A, SED 699.

  2. Curriculum and Instruction: For teachers who wish to study curriculum and instruction from the perspective of the total secondary school, relevant courses include: SED 514, SED 528, SED 610, SED 611, SED 615, SED 618, SED 619, SED 625SS, SED 674, SED 685, SED 686, SED 692, SED 695A-H, SED 699.
  3. Reading Improvement (Prerequisite SED 520): For teachers who wish to become reading specialists, relevant courses include: SED 617, SED 620, SED 621, SED 622, SED 622L, SED 623, SED 623L, SED 624, SED 626, SED 699
  4. Crosscultural Language and Academic Development: For teachers seeking preparation in Crosscultural Language and Academic Development, relevant courses include SED 511BL, SED 525ESL, SED 516A, SED 626, SED 636, SED 674, SED 675, SED 699, EED 670.
  5. Computers and Educational Technology: For teachers in all academic areas who wish to develop expertise with instructional uses of the computer, relevant courses include: SED 514, SED 617, SED 618, SED 619, SED 646, SED 671, SED 692, SED 693, SED 699, SED 695.
    For moreinformation, contact Dr. Foley.

IV. Electives (9 units)

For option 5, at least six of these units must come from III.5 above)Nine units from the area of teaching concentration or related fields to be selected in consultation with the graduate advisor. In certain cases, SED 511, SED 514, SED 520, or SED 525 may be used to fulfill this requirement. For the Computers and Educational Technology option, these courses must be computer-related.

V. Culminating Academic Experience

Students in the College of Education can fulfill the culminating academic experience by passing a Comprehensive Examination offered by the Department, or by completing a Master's Thesis or Graduate Project. It is essential that you consult with your graduate advisor and major professor before deciding on any of the following options.

Comprehensive Examination: Each year the Department of Secondary Education offers a comprehensive examination for Master's Degree candidates. Courses SED 690 and SED 697 help prepare students for this exam. Call the Department Office for details.

Master's Thesis: A Master's thesis is based on the results of original research which substantiates a specific view as expressed in a hypothesis, a concept, or a question. A Master's thesis can consist of making a synthesis of existing data and/or the development of new data in the laboratory or in the library.

Graduate Project: A graduate project involves the development of original educational resources such as the educational software, computer-based curriculum, or Internet curricular resources in your discipline.