Master's in Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction

This degree is designed for students seeking advancement opportunities in education or related fields who want to broaden their knowledge as scholar-practitioners with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction focuses on the development of innovative curricula while using multiple methods of instruction to educate students of differing ages, backgrounds and levels of ability. Graduates will be able to assess student learning and analyze curriculum design.

  • Evaluate the various educational research paradigms.
  • Develop a theoretical research approach utilizing one or more methodologies.
  • Apply democratic principles to authentic educational context.
  • Analyze best practices of global educational systems.
  • Utilize theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Evaluate curriculum designs as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
  • Analyze issues and make ethical decisions within an educational context.


Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Two letters of recommendation with waiver forms are required. These letters must be on official letterhead, must be written by individuals who are familiar with the candidate in an academic or professional setting, and who have knowledge of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate courses. Additionally, letters must address the candidate’s fit for the program; finally, letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.

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.


Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:


Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – A GPA between 2.75 – 2.99
calculated 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 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)
  • 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.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

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 emphasis with one exception; EDUU 600 may be taken concurrently with EDUU 515.

As the foundational aspects of the MAE are aligned and scaffolded, it is strongly recommended that the core courses be taking in the following order:  EDUU 600, 606, 605, 607, 609.

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 take this course first.


Emphasis Area (12 credits)

EDCI 631 Differentiated Instruction in Multicultural and Multi-Ability Classrooms 3
EDCI 632 Assessing Student Learning 3
EDCI 634 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Curriculum: Expertise Paper Development 3

Choose one elective (3 credits) from the following:
EDUU 511, 512, 519, 526, 527, 528, 551, 552, 560, 570, 575, 612, 613
EDMU 520, 521, 523, 524, 525
EDSU 530, 531, 532, 533, 534
EDAU 674


Total Credits 30
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