MA in Multicultural and Multilingual Education
Clara C. Park, Ph.D.
The program of a Master of Arts degree in Multicultural and Multilingual Education is designed to:
- Broaden students’ knowledge of ESL, bilingual, & multicultural education;
- Develop leadership skills in ESL, bilingual, & multicultural education;
- Acquire research skills in ESL, bilingual, & multicultural education;
- Develop skills and knowledge in effectively working with students and families of diverse cultural backgrounds.
The Benefits of this MA program are:
- Classes taken as a cadre with other ESL and bilingual teachers
- Classroom-based research project in an area of your interest
- Two-year program
- Current theory and best practice connected to teaching in your classroom
- Convenient class schedule with two classes meeting back-to-back on Thursday each semester
Classes and Program Schedule:
- SED 625 MM Theory and Research in Multicultural and Multilingual Education in Secondary Schools
- SED 625 ESL Theory and Research in Teaching ESL in Multilingual Classrooms
- SED 600 Research in Secondary Education
- SED 525BL Bilingual and Bicultural Students in Secondary Schools
- SED 673 Multicultural Students, Families, and Communities
- SED 690 Seminar in Secondary Education
- SED 610 Issues in Education in Multiethnic Secondary Schools
- SED 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies
** All courses above are 3 units each. An additional 6 units of transfer, credential, or other acceptable courses are required for the completion of the 30-unit Master’s Degree, to be determined in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator or Program Advisor.
There is a two-stage process for applying to the MA in M & M program. You must complete both the University Application and the Department Application. Both of these applications are completed online.
University Application OR Request to Change Objective (only one of these is required).
If you have never been enrolled at CSUN, if you have been enrolled ONLY as an undergraduate student at CSUN, or if you have not been enrolled in a graduate or credential level class within the past semester, you will need to complete a University Application. This application is available on-line at http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/grad_apply.asp
Helpful information for completing the University Application includes the following:
- You are applying to the CSU Northridge campus.
- You are applying for the FALL 2015 semester.
- Use the following information to specify the MA program objective for Secondary Education - Multicultural & Multilingual Education: Listed as Educ-Sec Educ-Multicultural and Multilingual – MA
- Non-CSUN B.A. graduates: please send ONE copy of official college/university transcripts in a sealed envelope with the application OR as soon as possible so that they can be processed by Admissions and Records. Cal State Northridge B.A. graduates do not need a transcript.
- The CSU Northridge Admissions and Records address is: 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8207
- You may need to follow up to make sure that documents have been received. You can call the admissions office at (818) 677-3700.
If you are presently enrolled at CSUN in a graduate program or if you have been enrolled in credential coursework at CSUN within the past semester (does not include enrollment through the College of Extended Learning), you should complete the top portion of the Request to Change Objective form. This form is available on-line at www.csun.edu/anr/forms or printed copies are available from Admissions and Records or the Secondary Education office, ED 1208. We will mail the form to you at your request.
Deadline for the University Application
Applicants can complete the University Application at any time. However, to receive full consideration, it must be submitted online by June 15, 2015. Applicants will receive a notice of their standing with the university (denied, conditionally classified or fully classified). Acceptance to the university does not imply acceptance for the Multicultural & Multilingual Education MA Cohort.
To be considered for the Fall 2015 MA cohort for Multicultural & Multilingual Education, you must apply to and be accepted by the university (either conditionally or fully classified) and submit the Department Application below.
Deadline for the Fall 2015 Departmental Application
You can complete this at any time until the program is full. To be guaranteed full consideration, you must complete the application online by July 1, 2015. Applications may be accepted after this date but once the program is full or once the semester has begun, no further applications will be considered.
Teaching & Credential Requirement
There is a requirement that MA students have at least one year of teaching experience and a CA teaching credential before completing their master’s degree. This requirement can be waived for students who are working in different environments (e.g. private school, higher education or district level work). If you will need a waiver, discuss this with the Multicultural & Multilingual Education MA program advisor before applying.
The teaching requirement is satisfied with a letter from your principal in your final semester before graduation. The credential requirement is satisfied by providing the Graduate Studies Office with a copy of your CA credential.
All students must pass the CSUN Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) by the end of their first year in the program. If you completed this as part of an undergraduate program at CSUN, you do not need to retake it. All other students will be admitted conditionally and will have until the end of their first year to pass this test. For more information go to http://www.csun.edu/testing/upper
GPA and GRE
Applications to the university require a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA over 3.0 or a passing GRE score. Unfortunately the university does not take grades from credential classes into account. Students whose GPA is between 2.5 and 3.0 will be admitted conditionally. They must submit a passing GRE score by the end of the first year (50% on at least one of the three tests of the general GRE - content specific GRE tests are not required). Students whose undergraduate GPA was above 3.0 do not need to take the GRE. For information on taking the general GRE exam visit www.gre.org
Completing the MA outside the cohort
The cohort is a new program at CSUN which has been very popular. A few students still complete the MA without being part of the cohort. These students take classes at their own pace depending on what is offered in a given semester. Because the cohort is large, there are very few seats available for non-cohort students. This approach is not recommended but still a possibility.
Other MA programs
CSUN Secondary Education Department offers masters programs in Math Education, English Education, Science Education, Educational Technology, and Curriculum Instruction. There is also a Joint Induction program for LAUSD teachers (clear credential and MA in 2.5 years). For more information see http://www.csun.edu/eisner-education/secondary-education/masters-programs