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Master of Arts in Education

The goal of this degree program 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 school-based research.

The Master of Arts in Education program offers students the option of pursuing one of two emphases: curriculum and instruction or disciplinary studies. Students who want the concentration in curriculum and instruction enroll in four courses designed to enhance their skills in curriculum development and assessment. Students who want the concentration in disciplinary studies enroll in four graduate courses within the relevant discipline to deepen their knowledge and skill in one subject area: art, business, English or music.

See the NDNU General Catalog for course descriptions.

Distinctions

  • The Master of Arts in Education program is characterized by the reflexive integration of theory and educational practice
  • The core coursework builds the capacity of educators to promote social justice in the context of their schools and communities through improved teaching practice and assessment, program planning and action research
  • The program culminates with a school-based thesis project that integrates research, practice and personal reflection

Admission Requirements

Students may apply to enter the Master of Arts in Education program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters and should meet the following requirements:

  • Completed NDNU application for admission
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, with one transcript showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., or equivalent academic preparation outside of the U.S.
  • A teaching credential with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in course work, or significant teaching experience with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and passing scores on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).
  • In-person interview with NDNU Advisor in the Education Department
  • International students who first language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores of 550 or higher or IELTS composite scores of 6.5 or higher.

Contact

Stephen Lagos
Graduate Admissions Counselor 
650-508-3736
slagos@ndnu.edu

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

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