Feb 17, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education Option, M.A.E.

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Candidates for Master's programs must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time. Program application deadlines may vary. Visit the College of Education website for specific program details, application guidelines and materials, and application deadlines (www.ced.csulb.edu/graduate). All university regulations governing the master's degree apply to college programs. Program requirements published in the university catalog in effect during the year a candidate advances to candidacy are the requirements the candidate will be held to (catalog rights). Candidates may take up to 30% of course work that can be applied to the Master's program prior to program entry (units must be taken at postbaccalaureate level)

Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education (30-33 units) is designed to foster the development of educators who are caring, effective, reflective, and committed to improving their schools. Coursework prepares teachers to apply theoretical insights and research findings to the practical problems they encounter in their work in curriculum and instruction. Visit the program website for program details (www.ced.csulb.edu/teacher-ed/academic/c-i).


The following are required for admission to the program:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Minimum 2.85 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants whose overall GPA is less than 2.85 but meet the University minimum GPA requirement and who present compelling evidence of academic and professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.
  3. A valid teaching credential or by consent of the program coordinator.
  4. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit The Center for International Education (CIE) website at www.csulb.edu/cie for more information.


Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time. The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through Cal State Apply (www.calstate.edu/apply). One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application. The Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary  Education Program application must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (EED-7). An application and directions can be downloaded at www.ced.csulb.edu/graduate/application-packets. The program application does not require a set of transcripts.

Classified Admission

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Classified admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. They should meet with the program coordinator to plan their program. For Advancement to Candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  2. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  3. Complete 6 units of Program Requirements.
  4. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  5. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.


Concentration (9 units):

Candidates select an area of concentration, in consultation with the program advisor, tailored to their professional goals. Candidates are responsible for taking prerequisite courses if required. The concentration may be in one of the following patterns:

Teaching Methods Courses

  • Up to 6 units of teaching methods courses (400 Level) if not previously taken for B.S. or B.A. credit.
  • Additional 500/600 level coursework chosen in consultation with the program advisor.

Advanced Coursework

  • Advanced coursework in a self-selected concentration chosen in consultation with the program advisor (9 units).

Capstone Experience

Candidates select one of the following capstone experiences in consultation with the program advisor. Selection should be made at the time of advancement to candidacy in order to develop a program plan consistent with the selected capstone experience.

Comprehensive Examination


Candidates take the following course for two semesters while writing a thesis, for a total of 6 units; candidates may need to take additional research methodology courses in order to prepare for thesis research and writing - which may be courses in the candidate's concentration.

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