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2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Visit the College of Education Graduate Studies Office website for specific program details, application guidelines and materials, and application deadlines. Master’s students must complete Catalog requirements specified in the Catalog in effect at the time of admission to the graduate program.

Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Education, Option in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary 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 (Curriculum and Instruction Website).  Most program courses are offered in an online modality.


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 (may be waived by program coordinator).
  4. Six (6) units in teaching mathematics (may be waived by program coordinator).
  5. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit The Center for International Education (CIE) website for more information.


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 official transcripts from the college or university from which you earned your bachelor’s degree. 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. 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.

Please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office if you have questions. 


Methods of Social Science Inquiry (6 units):

Take the following:

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 (400 Level) courses 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 (choose either option in consultation with the program advisor):

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