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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

College of Education

Degree Programs

Master's Degree Programs

Master's degree programs are offered in two departments within the College. General procedures, policies, requirements, and applications for the master's degrees are available from the Graduate Studies and Research Office, ED1-7 (, and are listed following each option in the appropriate section of the catalog. In order to pursue a master's degree, students must submit applications to both the University and the program.

The Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling Department offers a Master of Science degree in Counseling, with Options in Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, Student Development in Higher Education, and Career Counseling (discontinuance under consideration); and a Master of Science degree in Special Education. The Master of Arts in Education degree is offered with Options in Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology and Media Leadership, Librarianship, and Social and Cultural Analysis of Education.

The Teacher Education Department offers six options in the Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Education), Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Education), Dual Language Development, Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Education, and Reading/Language Arts.

To be considered for admission to a master's degree program, students must submit a program application, test scores (if applicable), and any additional program requirements to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Education. Program applications vary; please check the individual program for additional requirements. Program applications may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research (ED1-7; 562/985-8476; Please note: Not all programs admit students for the spring semester. For additional program information and contact numbers for advisors, visit the College of Education website at and navigate to the appropriate program.

All master's degree candidates in education are required either to complete a thesis or project or take a comprehensive examination according to the requirements of the degree or degree option. Application for enrollment for thesis, project, or comprehensive examination must be made by October 1 for the spring semester or by March 1 for the fall semester.


To be eligible for admission to the respective College of Education master's degree programs, applicants must meet the following grade point average (GPA) requirements:

  • Clear Conditional Admission — Applicants must have a GPA of 2.85 or higher in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units of course work taken. Lower division and/or extension courses taken after obtaining the bachelor's degree are excluded from this calculation.
  • Applicants who meet all requirements for clear conditional admission except one program requirement may nevertheless qualify for clear conditional admission by earning a minimum GPA of 3.00 on 12 units of approved course work planned by the student and advisor.
  • Conditional Admission — Applicants who fail to meet more than one program admission requirement must be recommended by faculty as a promising candidate in order to be conditionally admitted.

NOTE: Individual programs retain the right to determine who is admitted to the program. Meeting the University requirements for clear conditional or conditional admission does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Clear conditional admission to the CED is required for enrollment in 500- and 600-level courses.

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy for a graduate degree, a candidate must:

  • 1. Fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
  • 2. Satisfy all general University requirements for advancement to candidacy, as well as the specific requirements for the degree option
  • 3. A minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and a 3.0 grade-point average in all units undertaken for the student program (at least 6 units)
  • 4. Complete all prerequisites and testing, file for an approved program of studies with the College of Education Office of Graduate Studies and Research, and be currently enrolled
  • 5. Resolve all incomplete grades (to either "complete" or "default" grade)

Note: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the MA in Education, Option in Educational Psychology.

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