MA in Education (Curriculum and Instruction)

Total units required for MA: 30

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to provide professional and specialized preparation for the candidate interested in acquiring knowledge and skills essential for the design and development of curriculum and related instructional practices. The program provides a variety of options for candidates to develop and enhance expertise in a particular field of interest such as educational technology, mathematics education, language and literacy, and other specializations related to elementary, middle school, and secondary education.

There is also an online option for the Master of Arts in Education. The program meets 25% face-to-face and 75% online. During the face-to-face sessions, students will be part of experiences that will emphasize community development, which will allow participants to get to know their peers and instructors and allow them to learn the online tools that will be used for instructional delivery. For information on the Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • two years of teaching experience or its functional equivalent;
  • a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units;
  • proficiency in written English composition as demonstrated by either passing the Sacramento State Writing Placement for Juniors exam or equivalent, or enrolling in ENGL 109W passing with a grade of C or better; and
  • an interview with a student/practicing administrator/faculty team; interviews will be scheduled at the close of the application period, (the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test scores are NOT required; however, these test scores may be included with the admission application).

Applicants who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified graduate status. Any deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the student's admission application.

Admission Procedures

Prospective graduate students, including Sacramento State graduates, must file the following with the Office of Graduate Studies, Riverfront Center 215, (916) 278-6470:

  • an online application for admission; and
  • one set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State.

For more admissions information and application deadlines, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website.

The graduate degree program is subject to general University and Departmental requirements. These requirements are explained in the Graduate Degree Requirements section of the University Catalog.

Specific Additional Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements/Procedures for MA in Education apply, plus:

  • a valid teaching credential or Curriculum and Instruction Program Coordinator and Department approval for waiving this requirement; and
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units attempted.

Applicants who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified status. Any deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the student's admission application.

The Department of Teacher Education requires each student download the Department of Teacher Education Graduate Student Handbook, available on the Department website.

Minimum Units and Grade Requirement for the Degree

Units required for the MA:  30

Minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0; no units with a grade lower than "C" may apply toward the degree.

General Advancement to Candidacy Procedures

Each student must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy indicating a proposed program of graduate study. This procedure should begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:

  • removed any deficiencies in admission;
  • completed at least 12 units of courses in the graduate program (see Degree Requirements) with a minimum 3.0 GPA; and
  • taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or taken a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver.

Advancement to Candidacy forms are available online through the Office of Graduate Studies website. The student fills out the form after planning a degree program in consultation with the appropriate M.A. Program Coordinator. The form must be submitted to the Teacher Education Department Office and the Office of Graduate Studies for approval.

Approved Master's Thesis/Project Format: American Psychological Association (APA) - Latest edition. Before beginning a 500-level course to complete a Project, Action Research, or Thesis, students are required to have an approved Culminating Experience Proposal on file in the Department office. The reservation form for a Culminating Experience Chair for fall semester is due March 10; for spring the form is due October 15. Note: A completed Proposal requires the approval of the Culminating Experience Chair as well as Human Subjects approval. The proposal and accompanying Protection of Human Subject forms must be reviewed by the EDTE Graduate Coordinator and the Department or University Human Subjects Review Committee.

Enrollment in the 500 series Culminating Experience is for one semester. The expectation is that students will complete the thesis/project during the 500-level course.  One semester of continuous enrollment is allowed if the Culminating Experience Chair deems a reasonable amount of progress has been made as per the timeline in the Proposal and assigns a grade of "RP" for the 500 series. If students fail to make adequate progress according to their Proposal timeline and there are no mitigating circumstances (e.g., illness), a grade of "no credit" is given, and the student must re-enroll in the appropriate 500 series Culminating Experience.

Note: The Department of Teacher Education requires each student download the Department of Teacher Education Graduate Student Handbook, available on the Department website.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (15 Units)
EDTE 226Seminar: Strategies for Teachers3
EDTE 227Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction, K-123
EDTE 250Education Research3
EDTE 251Education for a Democratic, Pluralistic Society3
EDTE 290Seminar: Preparation of Master's Thesis/Project3
Other Course Requirements (12 Units)
Select 12 units of electives 112
Culminating Requirement (3 Units)
EDTE 505Culminating Experience: Curriculum and Instruction 23
Total Units30
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Twelve elective units in Curriculum and Instruction coursework are to be selected by the student in consultation with the Curriculum and Instruction Program Coordinator. Students may focus their elective units in a program of their interest or select courses from various programs. At least three of the elective units must be at the 200 level. Examples of Curriculum and Instruction elective programs include: Educational Technology, Mathematics Education, Language and Literacy, and Gender Equity.

Some elective areas, such as Arts in Education and National Board Certification, are offered in cohort groups. These cohorts are started as resources allow. Information regarding planned cohorts is available in the Department office, Eureka Hall 203, (916) 278-6155.

With C & I Program Coordinator approval, program courses may include one of the following:

  • 6 transfer elective units
  • 6 units of extension credit
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Credit is given upon completion of a thesis, project, or other approved culminating experience for the Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum and Instruction). Open only to the graduate student who has been advanced to candidacy for the master's degree and has secured the permission of his/her Culminating Experience Chair and the Curriculum and Instruction Program Coordinator. All forms may be obtained in the Department office, the Department of Teacher Education Graduate Student Manual, and on the web.