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, and engaging in action research 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 Requirements

Admission to the program may be achieved by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admission section).
  2. 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:
    1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5.

    2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.

    3. State Teacher Examinations: successfully complete the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), or Single Subject Assessments for Teaching (SSAT) and/or Praxis Examination.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic/professional ability to undertake graduate study.
  6. 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.
  7. 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)

EDUU 600* Research and Evaluation Methods 3
EDUU 605 Democracy, Education and Social Change 3
EDUU 606 Seminar in Learning Theory 3
EDUU 607 Seminar in Comparative Education 3
EDUU 608 Seminar in Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUU 609 Seminar in Curriculum Studies 3

*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) 18
EDUU 610 The Teacher as Scholarly Practitioner 3
EDUU 611 Action Research Development 3


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.


Total Credits 36
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