Secondary Education

Master's Programs

The Department of Secondary Education offers the Master of Arts degrees in the six areas shown below. Each degree program is designed to prepare the secondary teacher for advancement as master teacher, supervising teacher, subject matter teaching specialist, or department chairperson. All programs are 30 units.

Masters of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction

Designed to blend with CSUN’s Preliminary Single-Subject Credential Program but can also be taken as a standalone. Students examine current national and discipline-based educational issues, evaluate and apply theory and best practices in secondary curriculum and assessment, and develop a classroom-research project.

Masters of Arts in Education: Educational Technology

Designed to prepare teachers, technology coordinators, technology educators/trainers, and software developers to implement current technology tools in education and evaluate future, emergent technologies. Students develop their technology skills and knowledge of how to apply technology in the classroom, including developing and using educational multimedia, creating interactive software and educational websites, and assessing the impact of classroom innovations.

Masters of Arts in Education: English Education

Students learn innovative English Language Arts teaching practices; acquire greater fluency with educational technologies; investigate current research in English Language Arts teaching and learning and how it translates into practice; conduct applied classroom-based research; deepen their knowledge of broad issues, policies, and controversies that impact schools in general and English Language Arts teaching in particular; and develop as leaders in English Language Arts education through presentations and participation in professional organizations and support networks.

Masters of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education

Students learn innovative mathematics-teaching practices; acquire greater fluency with educational technologies; investigate current research in mathematics teaching and learning and how it translates into practice; conduct applied classroom-based research; deepen their knowledge of broad issues, policies, and controversies that impact schools in general and mathematics teaching in particular; and develop as leaders in mathematics education through presentations and participation in professional organizations and support networks.

Masters of Arts in Multicultural and Multilingual Education in Secondary Schools

Intended for secondary and other educators who work with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The program is designed to broaden students’ knowledge of ESL, bilingual, and multicultural education; develop research and leadership skills in ESL, bilingual, and multicultural education; and develop skills and knowledge for effectively working with students and families of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Masters of Arts in Secondary Science Education

Students experience and implement innovative science-teaching practices; acquire greater fluency with educational technologies; investigate current research in science teaching and learning and how it translates into practice; conduct applied classroom-based research; deepen their knowledge of broad issues, policies, and controversies that impact science teaching and schools in general; and develop as science-education leaders through presentations and participation in professional organizations and support networks.

General Requirements

  1. Core Requirements (9 units)

    • SED 600 Research in Education (3)
    • SED 610 Current Issues in Education (3) 
    • SED 690 Seminar in Education (3)
  2. Required Program Options (12 units)

    See individual MA Program pages

  3. Electives (6 units)

    See individual MA Program pages

  4. Culminating Experience

    SED 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)
    or
    SED 698 Thesis/Graduate Project (3)

Comprehensive Examination

The culminating experience for the Curriculum and Instruction option is a traditional exam. For all other options, a comprehensive exam portfolio is required.

Master's Thesis

In lieu of a comprehensive examination, a student may request to complete a Master's thesis. Based on the results of original research, a Master’s thesis substantiates a specific view as expressed in a hypothesis, a concept, or a question. Master's Thesis   A Master's thesis may synthesize existing data and/or develop new data. If choosing this culminating experience, the student must notify his or her Program Advisor during the first semester of the program. 

Note:

Courses completed more than seven years prior to the date on which all requirements for the degree are met cannot be counted to meet program requirements unless the student can show competency in the content of the outdated courses. Course validation requires departmental approval; please contact your Program Advisor for more information. A maximum of nine units taken in residency at CSUN may be validated in this manner.

Advisement

Program Advisors

Graduate Coordinator

Additional information may be obtained by calling the Secondary Education Department office at 818-677-2580

Admissions

Find the appropriate applications for your program on the individual program page.

Classification

You may be admitted as a graduate student in one of two categories: conditionally classified or classified. After your University application has been processed, you will be mailed an acceptance letter and a Form 1295. Form 1295 will indicate your classification.

Conditional Classification

If you are conditionally classified, it is your responsibility to fulfill the University requirements to become fully classified.

  • If you are required to take the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE), register for this exam. There is a fee for this exam.
  • If you are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), get more information here. There is a fee to take the GRE.
  • If you are required to take both of these exams, please take the GRE first. A raw score of 3.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE will waive the need to take the UDWPE.
  • Please realize that these testing requirements must be fulfilled prior to taking 12 units of study in the Master's program.
  • Please email the Graduate Coordinator as soon as you receive the test results required for your full classification.

Classification

If you are classified, you need do nothing further.

Candidacy & Graduation

During your next-to-last semester of the program, you should file the Application for Graduation with the Office of Admissions and Records. Please be aware that the deadline to apply comes early in the semester—generally the first Friday in October (for spring graduation) and the first Friday in March (for fall graduation). Once your application has been processed, you will be notified by mail regarding your Advanced to Candidacy status.

Graduate students are required to be enrolled during the semester of graduation.

When a Master’s thesis is involved, the student must follow the Thesis/Graduate Project Timeline provided by Graduate Studies.