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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Education M.A.: Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary or Secondary Education Concentration

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Susan M. Neufeld, Ed.D., Program Coordinator
Mary F. Borba, Elementary Adviser
Mary Salisbury, Secondary Adviser 


Prerequisites for Admission

  1. A baccalaureate degree for admission to the CSU Stanislaus Graduate School with Postbaccalaureate Standing: Unclassified status (see the following section).
  2. Show evidence of a valid California teaching credential.

Application Procedures

  1. Complete the University admission form online at
  2. Submit transcripts to the Graduate School, including at least the last 60 units of college/university degree coursework.
  3. Show evidence of a valid California teaching credential.

Note: For MAT information and testing procedures, visit the Testing Office on campus in MSR 180 or call (209) 667-3158.

Admission Classifications

Students applying for the M.A. program will be placed in one of two classifications:

  1. Graduate Standing: Conditionally Classified (Permits enrollment in classes as specified by M.A. area coordinator) The applicant must:
    1. Complete the University admission form.
    2. Meet CSU Stanislaus admission requirements.
  2. Graduate Standing: Classified (Admission to the M.A. program is granted). To move to Graduate Standing: Classified, applicant must:
    1. Submit three “Recommendations for an Applicant to the M.A. in Education” forms completed by persons familiar with applicant’s professional competence and two “Faculty Recommendation Forms” completed by M.A. program professors whose courses the applicant has taken while a Conditionally Classified student.
    2. For admission to the M.A. Program in Curriculum and Instruction with Graduate Standing: Classified status, a total score of at least 100 using the following formula for grade point average (GPA), based on the last 60 units of college/university work, and the Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT score: GPA x 20 + MAT score = total score). For example, a student with a GPA of 3.0 and a MAT score of 40 would qualify for admission with a total score of 100 (3.0 x 20 + 40 = 100). As an alternative, GRE scores (taken within the last five years) may be submitted. Minimum total score is 1200.
    3. Fulfill writing competence by submitting a score of at least 41 on the writing section of CBEST.
    4. All coursework must be completed within seven years to be accepted.

Other Requirements

In general, no more than 6 semester units of coursework completed in Conditionally Classified standing may be applied to a master’s degree.

Grade Requirements

The minimum academic grade point average for earning the M.A. degree is 3.0. The minimum acceptable grade for courses included in the M.A. program is a C–.

Final Requirements

The M.A. in Education degree requires the successful completion of all coursework, approval of a written project or thesis, and passing of an oral defense. At least 15 semester units must be completed as a student in Graduate Standing: Classified. After all requirements have been met, the student will be awarded the M.A. degree.

Note: Prior to being admitted to the program, international applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a total score of at least 550 and with part scores of at least 54.

Common Coursework Requirements (15-17 units)

These courses are required for all Curriculum and Instruction concentrations.

Note:  All Common Coursework listed below, except EDGS 5500, require Graduate Standing: Classified status prior to enrolling.

1.  Graduate Core Courses:  Complete the following courses (9 units):

  • EDGS 5500 - Foundations in Education
  • EDGS 5510 - Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDGS 5600 - Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education, or
  • EDGS 5610 - Introduction to Quantitative Research in Education

2.  Project/Thesis:  Complete the following courses (6-8 units):

  • EDUC 5770 - Seminar in Elementary and Secondary Education
  • EDUC 5960 - Project (Must be taken over two semesters for a total or 4-6 units), or
  • EDUC 5990 - Thesis (Must be taken over two semesters for a total of 4-6 units)

Course Requirements for the Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary and Secondary Education Concentration

(33-35 units)


(9 units)

  • 4000- or 5000-level courses selected in consultation with an adviser.


(6-8 units)


*Classified Status required for these courses

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