MA, Education, Professional Learning Community
Master of Arts in Education, Professional Learning Community
This program is designed for educators with the common goal to work collaboratively to enhance their effectiveness as professionals to positively impact learning. The Master of Arts in Education with a Professional Learning Community emphasis focuses on analyzing the teacher as a scholarly practitioner, action research development while giving the students further opportunity for customizing elective courses that align with group goals.
This particular degree requires students to progress through the program as a cohort, with candidates completing their coursework and demonstration of mastery at approximately the same time. In addition to Professional Learning Community alternative emphasis areas for the Master of Education degree include:
Program Learning Outcomes
- Collaboration: Apply the goals of a Professional Learning Community to a specific educational setting.
- 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.
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.
Core Courses (24 credits)
||MAE Core Course Requirements (see above)
||The Teacher as Scholarly Practitioner
||Action Research Development
Electives (12 credits)
Four electives may be selected from graduate courses already available to Brandman University education graduate students in any program, provided the courses help the Community to reach its learning goals. In the event that the Community determines they need to have a new course developed to meet their specific Learning Community goals, the education faculty of Brandman University will work with the group to develop such a course or courses. It is understood that such courses must first be approved by the education faculty and the Associate Dean prior to being used in the degree.
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