COURSEWORK

What classes are required for the General Option?
All MA graduate students are required to take three Core Program Courses:

  • EDUC 602: Schooling in a Multicultural Society
  • EDUC 622: Research Methods in Education
  • EDUC 698: Master’s Thesis / Project


In addition all candidates must meet the English Learner Component Requirement for the California Teaching Credential.

You can meet the English Learner Component Requirement with one of the following California Credential/Authorization:

  • California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) Authorization
  • Cross-cultural Language & Academic Development (CLAD) Authorization,
  • SB2042 California Credential


If the candidate does not have the above credential then the candidate must complete the English Learner Compliance Requirement which involves completing an electronic portfolio and taking four courses:

  • EDUC 602 (also a Core Program Course)
  • EDUC 606 or EDUC 646
  • EDUC 614A & EDUC 614B or EDUC 641
  • EDUC 647 or EDUC 612 or EDUC 613

If you do not have a credential and do not plan to teach K-12, you may submit an English Learner Compliance Requirement Waiver Form prior to enrollment in the first semester of the program.

Once I take the three required courses and the four CTEL courses, can
I choose any other courses from the Masters in Education General Option Pre-Approved Area Coursework noted on the second page on the Program of Study Planning/Summary Sheet?
Yes, once you meet the three core MA courses and the four CTEL courses candidates can choose from the pre-approved course list.

How do I know what courses are offered?
The Education Course Schedule is available on the CSUSM School of Education website in the right hand column under Latest News:
http://www.csusm.edu/education/

Candidates can also peruse the Course Catalog and Course Syllabus Archive in the right column under Additional Information:
http://www.csusm.edu/education/advising/CurrentStudentsInfo.html

How are decisions made about what MA program courses are offered?
The School of Education tries to offer a variety of courses within a 2-3 year cycle with student need/demand taken into consideration.

Can I take the courses in any order?
It is recommended to take the first two required courses in the first year:

  • EDUC 602: Schooling in a Multicultural Society

&

  • EDUC 622: Research Methods in Education.


EDUC 698: Master’s Thesis / Project is required to be taken the last semester. It may take more than one semester to complete a culminating experience (thesis/project/exam). For more information, see the question, “What time frame should I expect for completing my culminating experience?” below under Culminating Experience.

If I do not want to teach, do I still need to meet the California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) Requirements?
Yes, all candidates must meet the English Learner Component Requirement. Our program is committed to serving the needs of our local community.

You can meet the English Learner Component Requirement with one of the following California Credential/Authorization:
California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) Authorization
Cross-cultural Language & Academic Development (CLAD) Authorization,
SB2042 California Credential

If the candidate does not have the above credential(s) then the candidate must complete the English Learner Compliance Requirement that involves completing an electronic portfolio and taking four courses:

  • EDUC 602 (also a Core Program Course)
  • EDUC 606 or EDUC 646
  • EDUC 614A & EDUC 614B or EDUC 641
  • EDUC 647 or EDUC 612 or EDUC 613


If you do not have a credential and do not plan to teach K-12, you may submit an English Learner Compliance Requirement Waiver Form prior to enrollment in the first semester of the program.

How often are the California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL)  - English Learner Compliance Courses offered?
EDUC 602: Schooling in a Multicultural Society is one of the four courses that meet the English Learner Component Requirements and is offered each fall and spring semester.

Due to recent budget cuts, the other courses rotate on a 2-3 year cycle. It is recommend that candidates take the courses when offered, to complete the program within a 2-3 year time frame.

Do courses in Extended Learning count for my MA?
Yes, students may take the Masters in Education General Option Pre-Approved Area Coursework noted on the Program of Study Planning/Summary Sheet.

Caution: Professional Development Courses through Extended Learning with a 1000 level course number or above do not meet the graduate level requirement.

Please note that if you are enrolled in General CSUSM courses and Extended Learning courses in the same semester, you must pay tuition for both programs.


What if I earn less than a B – (GPA of 3.0) in one of my classes?
The Program Coordinator and the Director of the School of Education will schedule an appointment with the candidate to discuss his/her program performance.

Can I take a semester off, once I start the program?
Before a candidate enrolls in EDUC 698: Master’s Thesis / Project, he/she may apply for a leave of absence through the Office of Graduate Studies.

What technology do I need to support my class work?
A laptop, ipad, or handheld device that can access the Internet is an important tool to bring to class.  The courses will introduce the students to new applications and software to become adept at teaching and learning in the 21st century.

What is the cost of books for the class?
The cost of books in most courses is at or under $100.  As more books are available for online rental or in digital applications, the cost is dropping.  The faculty members select textbooks that are references in most educators’ libraries. 

What is the cost of parking?
In general, most students pay for parking by the hour or a day. 

Current parking pass prices can be found at http://www.csusm.edu/parking/quicklinks/studentparkingprices.html

Carpooling and shared parking are recommended.