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Master of Arts in Education - Option in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education

Candidates for degrees in Master of Arts programs must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time. Program application deadlines may vary. Visit the College of Education website for program details, application guidelines and materials, and application deadlines ( All university regulations governing the master's degree apply to college programs. Program requirements published in the university Catalog in effect during the year a candidate advances to candidacy are the requirements the candidate will be held to (catalog rights).

The Master of Arts Degree in Education, Option in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education (SCAE), focuses on the social and cultural analysis of education in urban and international contexts. Emphasizing critical approaches to education, including critical theory and critical pedagogy, the degree's interdisciplinary nature provides the intellectual rigor necessary for analyzing the relationship between education and society and effecting social and educational justice. SCAE courses examine education in its historical, social and political contexts, and may be applied to all levels of education: locally, nationally, and internationally. After completion of the program, graduates have a variety of career choices, not only in the educational realm, but also in the private sector and in nonprofit organizations. The program also serves as an ideal foundation for further academic study at the doctoral level. Visit the program website for program details


The following are required for admission to the program:

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Minimum 3.00 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 3.00 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.

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 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.

A separate application to the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education program must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (EED-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. For advancement to candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

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

2. Complete at least 6 units of the program, including SCAE 550 and 3 additional units.

3. Set academic, professional, and personal goals in consultation with advisor (facilitated through SCAE 550 and SCAE 551)

4. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work.

5. Resolve all incomplete grades.

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


All students must complete a minimum of thirty-three (33) units of upper- division and graduate level courses, of which twenty-one (21) units must be at the 500/600 level. At least twenty-four (24) units must be completed in residency. With consent of the student's advisor and after following procedures for course equivalencies, students may count up to six (6) units of previously taken graduate courses toward the degree.

1. Core Courses (6 units)

Complete the following:

  • SCAE 550 Foundations of Social and Cultural Analysis of Education (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • SCAE 551 Critical Pedagogies (3)
    Prerequisites: None.

2. Emphasis Area (9 Units)

Take three courses in one area:

  • International Contexts: SCAE 566, SCAE 567, SCAE 568, SCAE 564
  • Urban Contexts: SCAE 560, SCAE 561, SCAE 562, SCAE 564

3. Second Emphasis Area (3 units)

Choose one course from the SCAE 566-568 series for international contexts or from the SCAE 560-562 series for urban contexts.

4. Electives (6 units)

Choose 2 courses in consultation with faculty advisor. Students who choose the thesis or project exit option (see below) generally use the required two (2) semesters of EDP 698 or EDP 699 as their elective courses. Students may choose to take additional elective courses to supplement program requirements if they wish.

5. Research Methods Courses (6 units)

Take the following course:

  • EDP 400 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
    Prerequisites: None.

Take one of the following courses:

  • EDP 520, EDP 595

6. Capstone Course (3 units)

Take the following course:

  • SCAE 695 Social and Cultural Analysis of Education Capstone (3)
    Prerequisites: None.

7. Culminating Experience. In consultation with faculty advisor, choose one of the following:

  • Comprehensive examination
  • Six units of EDP 698: Thesis
  • Six units of EDP 699: Project

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