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Catalog

Master of Arts in Education

Dr. Kim Tolley
Program Director
(650) 508-3464
ktolley@ndnu.edu

The Master of Arts in Education Program is designed to serve educators, administrators, and community leaders working with and on behalf of schools.  There are three possible areas of concentration in the Master of Arts Education program:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Technology
  • Disciplinary Studies

Each concentration includes a specific set of three or four courses. Additionally, students can select four education electives based on their particular professional interests and needs.

Students who recently received the preliminary Multiple Subject or Single Subject credential at NDNU may articulate up to 12 units of credential coursework toward these education electives. Students who completed their credential coursework elsewhere and students who do not possess a preliminary credential will consult with the Program Director to develop an appropriate set of elective courses to fulfill the requirement.

A master's thesis is required to complete the degree program. The thesis project integrates research, practice, and personal reflection, allowing students to demonstrate scholarly knowledge, skills and habits of inquiry in the context of a particular research question. The required courses EDU4721 and EDU4724 are designed to support students in completing this requirement.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the basic requirements, applicants to the Master of Arts and Credential in Administrative Services must meet the following requirements:

For students applying solely to the Master of Arts in Education Program

  • Valid preliminary teaching credential, with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in coursework
    or
  • significant teaching experience in a public or private school, a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and passing scores on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores of 550 or higher or IELTS composite scores of 6.5 or higher
  • For students applying jointly to the M.A. and Credential Programs
  • California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST), California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), and any other tests required for the Credential Program (must submit passing scores before enrolling in master’s coursework
  • A personal interview with both the Credential and MA Program Directors

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to develop, implement, integrate, and assess curriculum
  • Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the different categories and uses of assessment
  • Students will be able to use a wide range of library and academic online databases and internet resources to research educational problems and apply a range of internet software programs to analyze and report quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Students will be able to evaluate practices and systems that support the success of under-represented minority groups
  • Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills, analytical reading skills, analytical writing skills, and oral communication skills in the evaluation of educational problems
  • Students will be able to plan, conduct, evaluate, publish, and present a thesis research project based on a socially-relevant research question

Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

The goal of this concentration is to build the capacity of educators to promote social justice in the context of their schools and communities through improved teaching practice, curriculum development and assessment, program planning, and action research. The program culminates in a master’s thesis, allowing students the opportunity to investigate a particular area of curriculum and instruction in depth.

Required Courses   Units
EDU4700 Trends in Curriculum Development 3
One of the following courses: 3
EDU4703 Educational Assessment and Evaluation
EDU4715 Media, Medium, and Method
EDU4706 Social Justice, Diversity, and Equity 3
EDU4721 Introduction to Educational Research 3
EDU4724 Educational Research 3
One of the four graduate-level courses in educational technology: 3
EDU4207 Technology - Special Education
EDU4709 Learning, Technology, and Curriculum
EDU4715 Media, Medium, and Method
EDU4718 Contemporary Topics in Leadership and Technology
Twelve semester units articulated with the preliminary credential from the following courses:* 12
EDU4100 Psychological and Developmental Foundations
EDU4104 Sociological and Multicultural Foundations
EDU4107 Foundations for Teaching English Learners
EDU4110 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (2)
EDU4119 Assessment in the Classroom (2)
EDU4330 Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Primary Grades
EDU4333 Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Upper Grades
EDU4410 Language and Literacy in the Content Areas
Total Unit Requirement  30

*Students who obtained a preliminary teaching credential from another institution can challenge these courses on the basis of equivalency. In such cases, students can enroll in 12 units of education electives, to be selected in collaboration with the Program Director.

Disciplinary Studies Concentration

The concentration in Disciplinary Studies allows secondary-school educators to broaden and deepen their knowledge and skill in one subject area. A multiple-subject credential holder may also consider pursuing a degree in this concentration area if he/she is interested in developing subject-matter knowledge for the elementary classroom or preparing for the subject-matter examinations required for the secondary credential. The program culminates in a master’s thesis, allowing students the opportunity to investigate a particular area of discipline-based curriculum and instruction in depth.

Within the specific areas of concentration, students may elect to study 12 semester units of graduate course work from the following programs: Art, Business, English, or Music.

Students who recently completed the preliminary credential at NDNU can count up to 12 units of credential coursework toward the degree.

Required Courses  Units
EDU4721 Introduction to Educational Research 3
EDU4724 Educational Research 3
Twelve semester units articulated with the preliminary credential from the following courses:* 12
EDU4100 Psychological and Developmental Foundations
EDU4104 Sociological and Multicultural Foundations
EDU4107 Foundations for Teaching English Learners
EDU4110 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (2)
EDU4119 Assessment in the Classroom (2)
EDU4330 Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Primary Grades
EDU4333 Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Upper Grades
EDU4410 Language and Literacy in the Content Areas
Twelve semester units of graduate electives from the discipline of Concentration, to be selected in collaboration with the Program Director 12
Total Unit Requirement 30

*Students who obtained a preliminary teaching credential from another institution can challenge these courses on the basis of equivalency. In such cases, students can enroll in 12 units of education electives, to be selected in collaboration with the Program Director.

Technology Concentration

The Master of Arts in Education program with a concentration in Technology prepares educators to serve as school and district-level educational technology leaders. Graduates of the program may work with the credential analyst in the School of Education and Leadership to apply for a supplementary authorization on their Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential in order to teach computer science. The program culminates in a master’s thesis, allowing students the opportunity to investigate a particular area of education technology in depth.

Required Courses   Units
EDU4207 Technology-Special Education 3
EDU4709 Learning, Technology, and Curriculum 3
EDU4715 Media, Medium, and Method 3
EDU4718 Contemporary Topics in Leadership and Technology 3
EDU4721 Introduction to Educational Research 3
EDU4724 Educational Research 3
Twelve semester units articulated with the preliminary credential from the following courses:* 12
EDU4100 Psychological and Developmental Foundations
EDU4104 Sociological and Multicultural Foundations
EDU4107 Foundations for Teaching English Learners
EDU4110 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (2)
EDU4119 Assessment in the Classroom (2)
EDU4330 Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Primary Grades
EDU4333 Elementary Reading/Language Arts: Upper Grades
EDU4410 Language and Literacy in the Content Areas
*Students who obtained a preliminary teaching credential from another institution can challenge these courses on the basis of equivalency. In such cases, students can enroll in 12 units of education electives, to be selected in collaboration with the Program Director.
Total Unit Requirement  30