MA, Education, Teaching and Learning

Master of Arts in Education, Teaching and Learning

This program is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to become a mentor, curriculum leader or college instructor in teacher preparation programs. The Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning will provide students with a global perspective on the purposes of education and apply learning theories to educational settings and to curriculum design. Graduates will be able to effectively evaluate, use and generate research to move the field of education forward.

It is particularly tailored to those who hold a California multiple or single subject professional clear credential from an approved 2042 BTSA instruction program since students can receive a block transfer of 12 credits toward the degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiated Instruction: Apply pedagogical concepts in educational settings to meet the diverse needs of students.
  • 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

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program, whether online or on campus, must be California residents and 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; and, must address the candidate’s fit for the program. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  2. Applicants to the MAE Teaching and Learning (MA.EDUC.TL) must have one year of induction completed or 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.

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.

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 Block Transfer (12 credits)

Brandman University awards a block of 12 semester credits for successful completion of a Multiple or Single Subjects SB 2042 BTSA Induction Clear Credential Program. Please see an advisor for more details.

Total Credits 30
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