Jun 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Social and Cultural Analysis of Education Option, M.A.E.

Candidates for degrees in Master of Arts 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 program details, application guidelines and materials, and application deadlines (www.csulb.edu/ced). 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).

The Master of Arts Degree in Education, Option in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education (SCAE), focuses on the social and cultural analysis of education in urban and international contexts. Emphasizing critical approaches to education, including critical theory and critical pedagogy, the degree’s interdisciplinary nature provides the intellectual rigor necessary for analyzing the relationship between education and society and effecting social and educational justice. SCAE courses examine education in its historical, social and political contexts, and may be applied to all levels of education: locally, nationally, and internationally. After completion of the program, graduates have a variety of career choices, not only in the educational realm, but also in the private sector and in nonprofit organizations. The program also serves as an ideal foundation for further academic study at the doctoral level. Visit the program website for program details www.csulb.edu/scae.


The following are required for admission to the program:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Minimum 3.00 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 3.00 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. 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.


(updated: October 13, 2020)

Applicants use Cal State Apply to file all application materials before the deadline. Deadlines and details about the Program Materials (e.g. statement of purpose prompt, recommendation prompts) may be found in the Application Process section of the College of Education Graduate Studies Office website. Please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office if you have questions. 

Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university that you have attended. This includes all community college(s) attended, bachelor’s degree(s) coursework, and all post-baccalaureate or extension coursework. 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.

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. For advancement to candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  2. Complete at least 6 units of the program, including SCAE 550  and 3 additional units.
  3. Set academic, professional, and personal goals in consultation with advisor (facilitated through SCAE 550  and SCAE 551 )
  4. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work.
  5. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  6. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.


All students must complete a minimum of thirty‑three (33) units of upper‑ division and graduate level courses, of which twenty‑one (21) units must be at the 500/600 level. At least twenty-four (24) units must be completed in residency. With consent of the student’s advisor and after following procedures for course equivalencies, students may count up to six (6) units of previously taken graduate courses toward the degree.

Core Courses (6 units)

Complete the following:

Emphasis Area (9 Units)

Take three courses in one area:

Second Emphasis Area (3 units)

Choose one course from the SCAE 566 -SCAE 568  series for international contexts or from the SCAE 560 -SCAE 562  series for urban contexts.

Electives (6 units)

Choose 2 courses in consultation with faculty advisor. Students who choose the thesis or project exit option (see below) generally use the required two (2) semesters of EDP 698  or EDP 699  as their elective courses. Students may choose to take additional elective courses to supplement program requirements if they wish.

Research Methods Courses (6 units)

Capstone Course (3 units)

Take the following course:

Culminating Experience.

In consultation with faculty advisor, choose one of the following :