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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
  • 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 152 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

 

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.

Students who recently completed the preliminary credential at NDNU can count up to 15 units of credential coursework toward the degree.

 

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

 

Required Courses                                                                                                    Units

EDU4700                   Trends in Curriculum Development                                        3

One of the following courses:                                                                                      3

EDU4630                Models of Teaching and Supervision

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

Fifteen semester units of education electives or 15 semester units articulated with the preliminary credential from the following courses:*  15

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 recently completed or are co-enrolled in NDNU’s credential program may articulate 15 semester units of coursework from this list. Those who obtained a preliminary teaching credential from another institution or who have substantial experience with private-school teaching can enroll in 15 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.

 

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to broaden and deepen knowledge and understanding of a specific subject area
  • Students will be able to develop, implement, integrate, and assess curriculum in a specific subject area
  • Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the different categories and uses of assessment in a specific subject area
  • Students will be able to use a wide range of library and academic online databases and internet resources to research a question in a specific subject area 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 in a specific subject area
  • 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

 

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 of education electives, or 12 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 recently completed or are co-enrolled in NDNU’s credential program may articulate 12 semester units of coursework from this list. Those who obtained a preliminary teaching credential from another institution or who have substantial experience with private-school teaching can enroll in 12 units of education electives, to be selected in collaboration with the Program Director.         12

Total Unit Requirement                                                                                         30