MA, Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction
This program is designed for students currently teaching in the K-12 system that want to broaden their knowledge as scholar-practitioners. The Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction focuses on the development of innovative curricula while utilizing multiple methods of instruction to educate students of differing ages, backgrounds and ability levels. It can also allow students to prepare for doctoral work or help professional educators advance to an administrative role. In addition to Curriculum and Instruction alternative emphasis areas for the Master of Education degree include:
Program Learning Outcomes
- Pedagogical Expertise: Apply understanding of curriculum and instruction to a contemporary issue in curriculum design.
- Research: Evaluate the various educational research paradigms and develop a theoretical research project utilizing one or more of the methodologies.
- Democratic Schools: Apply democratic principles to an authentic educational context.
- Global Perspectives: Analyze best practices of global educational systems.
- Learning Theory: Utilize theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
- Curriculum Design: Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
- Ethics: Analyze issues and make ethical decisions within an educational context.
Admission to the program may be achieved by meeting the following requirements:
- Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admission section).
- Applicants using Admission Option Two must possess a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 in the last 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential to be admitted to the Master of Arts in Education degree program and must have a passing score on one of the examinations noted below:
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): any two of the three GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative or Analytical Writing) may be used to meet graduate admissions standards for this program. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal and Quantitative sections is 450. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5.
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
- State Teacher Examinations: successfully complete the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), or Single Subject Assessments for Teaching (SSAT) and/or Praxis Examination.
- Applicants who have successfully completed any of the Brandman University Preliminary Credential programs and have passed the CSET, MSAT, SSAT or PRAXIS examination automatically qualify for admission to MAE program.
- Applicants to the MAE/Educational Leadership must submit a resume and a letter of intent, indicating their purpose in acquiring this degree and potential career goals.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic/professional ability to undertake graduate study.
- Applicants to the MAE/Leadership in Early Childhood Education emphasis must hold one of the following certifications: California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit, Multiple Subject Credential, Single Subject Credential-Home Economics, Child Development Associate Credential or a comparable credential.
- Applicants to the MAE/Teaching and Learning emphasis must hold a valid California Multiple or Single Subject SB 2042 Professional “Clear” Teaching Credential earned through a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved 2042 BTSA Induction Program.
- Prospective students intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents to do so.
Core Courses (18 credits)
||Research and Evaluation Methods
||Democracy, Education and Social Change
||Seminar in Learning Theory
||Seminar in Comparative Education
||Seminar in Social Foundations of Education
||Seminar in Curriculum Studies
*EDUU 600 is a prerequisite for all other core courses and candidates are advised to follow this structure.
Prerequisite: Candidates must have a current teaching credential or must take EDUU 515-Teaching the Adult Learner, before beginning any coursework in the MAE, Curriculum and Instruction. Candidates may take EDUU 515 concurrently with EDUU 600.
||Differentiated Instruction in Multicultural and Multi-Ability Classrooms
||Assessing Student Learning
||Contemporary Issues and Trends in Curriculum: Expertise Paper Development
|Choose one elective (3 credits) from the following:
EDUU 511, 512, 526, 527, 528, 551, 552, 570, 612, 613
EDMU 520, 521, 523, 524, 525
EDSU 530, 531, 532, 533, 534
EDUU 519, 560
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