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Master of Arts in Education - 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 (


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 or by consent of the program coordinator.

4. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit The Center for International Education (CIE) website at for more information.


Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor ( One complete set of official transcripts from each college and university attended must be submitted with the university application. 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.

The Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education application must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (ED1-7). An application and directions can be downloaded at The program application does not require a set of transcripts.

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. Be enrolled in the university

2. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

3. Fulfill all program prerequisite and admission requirements.

4. Resolve all incomplete grades.

5. Complete 6 units of Programs requirements

6. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

7. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.


1. Methods of Social Science Inquiry (6 units):

Take the following:

  • EDP 400 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • EDCI 533 Action Research Methods: Teachers as Inquirers (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction Master's Program or consent of instructor.

2. Core (12 units):

Take all of the following:

  • EDCI 500 Studies in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction Master's Program or consent of instructor. Must be taken during the first or second semester in the Master's Program.
  • EDCI 505 History of Education in the United States (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to an approved masters program or consent of the instructor. Must be taken during the first or second semester.
  • EDCI 530 Cross-cultural Education: US and Global Perspectives (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to an approved Master's program or consent of the instructor.
  • EDCI 625 Analysis of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3)
    Prerequisites: EDCI 500, EDCI 505, EDP 400; and one of the following EDP 520, EDP 595, or EDP 696 or EDCI 533; consent of the instructor.

3. 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:

  • A. Research methods courses in preparation for the thesis (9 units):
    • EDP 520: Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3 units)
    • EDP 595: Qualitative Research Methods in Education (3 units)
    • EDP 596: Program Evaluation in Education (3 units)
  • B. Coursework in Teaching Methods, if not previously taken for B.S. or B.A. credit (9 units):
    • EDEL 431: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools (3 units)
    • EDEL 452: Teaching and Learning Reading, K-8 (3 units)
    • EDEL 472: Teaching and Learning History-Social Science (3 units)
  • C. Advanced coursework in a self-selected concentration chosen in consultation with the program advisor (9 units).

4. Capstone (choose A or B option in consultation with the program advisor):

  • A. Comprehensive Examination and the following:
    • EDCI 695 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
      (to be taken in final semester)
      Prerequisites: EDCI 500, EDCI 505, EDCI 625 and advancement to candidacy, or by consent of instructor.
  • B. Thesis and the following:
    • EDCI 698 Thesis Study in Curriculum & Instruction (6)
      Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy; approval of thesis advisor, department chair and associate dean.

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