Elementary Education

Curriculum & Instruction Option

Curriculum & Instruction Option

Graduate Advisor:  Dr. Alexandria Hollett

For teachers interested in developing their skills to teach all curricular areas, this option is one choice for consideration. This degree pathway is designed for teachers interested in honing their knowledge and teaching skills to promote achievement for all elementary students through coursework designed to broaden knowledge of curriculum design models for K-6 classrooms, develop leadership skills as a teacher leader in understanding the context of K-6 education, acquire research skills in the disciplines specific to Elementary Education, and develop skills and knowledge in effectively working with students and families of diverse cultural backgrounds. Courses include the study of the research in each discipline and pedagogy to prepare elementary teachers to teach 21st century skills. This degree pathway is designed for a cohort of 18-22 graduate students. Each cohort will be customized to provide a selected focus on state curriculum frameworks and fstandards, while also addressing district or school-specific goals to provide a rich, meaning-centered curriculum that engages all students.

Admission Prerequisites

Classified Status & Degree Requirements

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher or a university-approved aptitude test for graduate study (GRE or MAT)
  • Successful completion of the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination
  • To remain in the program, students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and cannot earn a grade lower than a B- in any class.

Note: A co-requisite for the M.A. in Elementary Education Degree is a clear teaching credential.

Core Courses (9 Units)

*EED 601 Curriculum, Instruction and the Reflective Teacher

*EED 602 Applying Technology to Curricular Goals

EED 610 Research in Education

*Taken first semester in all program options

Required Courses (18 units)

EED 626 Literacy Instruction for English Learners (K – 12)

EED 633 Seminar in Elementary School Language Arts Education

EED 638 Seminar in Elementary School Social Studies Education 

EED 643 Seminar in Elementary School Mathematics Education 

EED 648 Seminar in Elementary School Science Education

EED 649 Elementary School Interdisciplinary Arts Education

Culminating Experience (3 units)

EED 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies OR
EED 698 Thesis or Thesis Project