MA in Education (Workforce Development Advocacy)

Total units required for MA: 30

Program Description

This program is designed to provide training for adults who wish to train/teach in a career technical/business program in public institutions or private business settings. The Bachelor's degree includes the Designated Subjects Teaching Credential in Career Technical Education or Adult Education and the Supervision and Coordination Credential. The program is offered on weekends and uses instructional techniques suited to adult learners.

The MA in Education with a Concentration in Workforce Development Advocacy is designed to complement the existing Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies (CTS) degree. The new option would be offered as a component of the Master of Arts degree program in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, School Psychology, and Deaf Studies but delivered through the College of Continuing Education using a similar scheduling format as the CTS program (an intensive weekend schedule to which employers as well as CTS graduates have adapted).

This program is offered through the College of Continuing Education while its academic home is in the Department of Graduate and Professional Studies in the College of Education. It is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), the California State University Chancellor's Office, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Career Possibilities

Teacher in regional occupation programs, private post-secondary institutions, community colleges, correctional facilities and adult schools · Trainers and facilitators in public or private industry · School and career counselors · Human resource recruiters and placement personnel · Mediators and labor relations specialists · Educational administrators · School-to-work coordinators · Learning specialists · Administrators, managers and supervisors in public or private industry · Small business owners and entrepreneurs · Consultants in business, industry, and education

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

The CTS degree program requires that students have five to seven years of career technical/business experience in a designated field prior to graduation. Degree candidates receive up to 30 elective units for prior job experience, teaching/training experience, supervisory experience, and current professional development and education. In addition, candidates complete general education and graduation requirements for Sacramento State and the Career and Technical Studies Major.

Minimum Units and Grade Requirement for the Degree

Units required for the MA:  30

Minimum Cumulative GPA:  3.0

Advancement to Candidacy

Students must advance to candidacy prior to enrollment in EDS 530 and EDS 531.  Advancement to Candidacy forms are available in the Department office and the Office of Graduate Studies website. The student fills out the form after planning a degree program in consultation with a faculty advisor and approved by the Graduate Coordinator. The completed form is then returned to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval. Please note deadline dates posted by the Office of Graduate Studies for submission of this form.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements (9 Units)
EDS 228Sem:Future Workforce Dev3
EDSP 250Education Research3
EDSP 251Education in a Democratic, Pluralistic Society3
Culminating Requirement (6 Units)
EDS 530Project In WDA I2
EDS 531Project In WDA II4
Concentration Requirements (15 Units)
EDS 222Perspectives Workforce Dev3
EDS 223Organization Learning Comm3
EDS 224WF Assess+Accountability3
EDS 226Resource Enhance For WDA3
EDS 227Issues Impacting WDA3
Total Units30