The CI School of Education is currently revising our existing MA in Education into two degrees and awaiting approval by the University Curriculum Committee. Currently we have one MA degree with four emphases—all of which are open and accepting applications for Fall 2017. Details about approved program changes will be posted as soon as possible. Below are drafts of the two degrees and related emphases.
Masters of Arts in Education
The Masters of Arts in Education designed for educational professionals and leaders, provides advance preparation in the study of research issues confronting educators and schooling systems. There are two emphases-- Curriculum and Instruction and Disability Studies-- created for specific populations of professionals seeking to apply their graduate learning towards their career goals. The specialization in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is intended for educators who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in curriculum, teaching and learning, educational research, and assessment to promote student learning. The Disabilities Studies (DS) emphases prepares teachers and professionals for leadership roles in the field of special education and disabilities. Completion of this degree prepares graduates to further expand their knowledge of individuals with disabilities of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. It equips practitioners with the knowledge of best practice and policies for working with students with disabilities and their families.
Emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction
A Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction offers the opportunity for PreK-12 teachers to enhance their knowledge and skills as they pertain to the PreK-12 classroom. By combining theory and practice teachers will be able to improve their own classroom practices, be in a position to assume instructional leadership, curriculum design roles, and professional training in their schools or districts. This specialization positions educators to pursue graduate work at the doctoral level.
Emphasis in Disability Studies
The Master of Arts in Education with the Disability Studies Emphasis prepares graduates for leadership positions in the field of special education and disabilities. These leaders can develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies for individuals with disabilities; mentor special education teachers and allied professionals; conduct professional development and research; serve on policy committees; and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
The Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership prepares students’ leadership skills related to relationship building, and communication with individuals and groups. The program focuses on developing the ability to implement, assess and evaluate curriculum/programs, instructional strategies, and standards-based accountability systems. The program also develops each student’s understanding of basic administrative responsibilities including resource management, personnel supervision, and daily operational issues related to safety, law, and public policy. There are two emphases—P-12 and Higher Education-- created for specific populations of professionals seeking to apply their graduate learning towards their career goals.
Emphasis in P-12 Leadership
The Emphasis in P-12 Leadership prepares candidates to complete the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Completion of this Level I administrative program prepares students to serve in positions of educational leadership in the California Public Schools. Through integration of course work and field experiences students are provided multiple opportunities to learn and practice the California Professional Standards for School Leaders. The program offers students understanding and application of leadership skills related to relationship building, communication, and the ability to apply, model, and analyze curriculum, instructional strategies, assessment, standards-based accountability systems, and data-based school improvement. The program also develops each student’s understanding of basic school administrative responsibilities including resource management, personnel supervision, and daily operational issues related to safety, law, and public policy.
Administrative Services Credential. Prior to recommendation for certification, University faculty determine eligibility, based on fully documented evidence, that each student has demonstrated satisfactory performance on the full range of standards set forth by the CCTC. A Masters degree is required for CI to recommend a candidate Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Candidates already possessing a Masters degree who successfully complete the required 26 units will be recommended for the Level I preliminary credential without completing a culminating experience, EDUC 615, and EDUC 620 or a free elective.
The MA in Educational Leadership P-12 Emphasis prepares candidates for leadership positions as school principals and for a variety of school leadership positions for which the Preliminary Administrate Services Credential is required. It prepares educational leaders who can develop, coordinate, and assess instructional programs; evaluate and supervise certificated and classified personnel, facilitate and manage safe and secure school learning environments, manage school site, district, or county level fiscal services; and develop, coordinate and supervise student support services.
Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership-12 units
Those candidates pursuing the higher education emphasis will develop an understanding of the history and structure of American higher education and the development of college students. Additionally, they will gain exposure to the breadth and depth of higher education leadership by engaging in two field experiences.
The MA in Educational Leadership Higher Education Emphasis prepares candidates for increasingly responsible leadership positions in public and private universities and community colleges that require historical perspectives of higher education and knowledge of organizations, systems, law, management, assessment, and evaluation of personnel.
Upcoming Information Session:
Monday, April 3rd, 2017
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Fall 2017 Application Deadline:
April 15, 2017 (early decision deadline)
May 15, 2017 (deadline)