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M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction

The M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction is designed for K-12 credentialed educators who wish to broaden their understandings of education as well as deepen their knowledge and skills as teachers. The program provides opportunities for students to develop advanced understandings and capacities related to curriculum development, to interrogate the many ways in which students and their families experience marginalization and exclusion in schools, and to conduct original research to address inequities in schooling. It is recommended that educators begin this program after clearing their CA credential and/or after gaining at least 2 years of full-time classroom teaching experience.

This program requires a minimum of 30 graduate level units. Under a new pilot program, individuals with a recent credential from CSUSM (within the last five years) can apply twelve (12) units toward the M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction and complete the degree in two semesters by attending full time. Students who wish to transfer in courses from other institutions may do so if the program faculty assesses that the course content is aligned with the program student learning outcomes. Up to nine (9) units of graduate-level education coursework successfully completed at another institution will be considered as transfer units.

Fall 2022 Admissions

APPLY NOW! Refer to the Fall 2022 Step-by-Step Application Guide for more information and instructions!

Applications open October 1, 2021. The priority deadline is April 15, 2022 and admissions will be offered until seats are filled. We encourage applications to submit by the priority deadline as those received afterwards are not guaranteed to be reviewed for admissions.

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Wednesday, February 17 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday, March 10 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday, April 19 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday, May 3 6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Fall 2022 Admissions

Applications open October 1, 2021
*Priority Deadline April 15, 2022

Fall 2022 Step-by-Step Application Guide


Nam Nguyen
CEHHS Student Services Advisor

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Joni Kolman


  • Admission Requirements


    1. Initial teaching credential.
    2. Completion of the Graduate/Post-baccalaureate University Application.
    3. Interview with appropriate School of Education Admissions Committee (scheduled after receipt of application).
    4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate’s work in the field of education.
    5. Statement of purpose (typed, single-spaced, 1-2 pages) that includes:
      1. A succinct description of your reasons for applying to CSUSM’s Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction program, including why the program is a good fit for you, as well as your future career and educational plans.
      2. A description of your personal and professional experiences with injustice and inequity in schooling. What do you hope to learn within the Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction program to address the issues raised through these experiences?
    6. GPA according to the university admission policy.
    7. Official transcripts.

    All materials will be evaluated to assess an applicant’s qualifications for admission; however, no one indicator shall determine acceptance of an applicant.

    Students who wish to transfer in courses from other institutions may do so if the program faculty assesses that the course content is aligned with the program student learning outcomes. Program faculty will consider up to 9 units of graduate-level coursework successfully completed at another institution.

    Under a new pilot program, individuals with a recent credential from CSUSM (within the last five years) may have up to twelve (12) units from their credential program applied toward the M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction degree.

  • Application Instructions

    Applicants must submit the online Cal State Apply application along with the $70 application fee.

    The Cal State Apply application includes the standard University requirements as well as the School of Education requisite materials that will determine your eligibility for the program.

    Note: You do not need to submit a separate supplemental application.

    Step-By-Step Application Instructions

  • International Students
    F-1 visa International students, please note: The Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction does not meet F-1 visa full-time status requirements. Therefore, California State University San Marcos will not be able to issue an I-20 to sponsor international students for this program. For additional questions, please contact Colleen Manthey at
  • Required Core Coursework (18 units)

    EDUC 603: Equity & Access Practicum (Fall)

    EDUC 604: Knowledge Construction & Accomplished Teaching (Fall)

    EDUC 611: Research in Curriculum & Instruction I (Fall)

    EDUC 620: Innovative Curriculum & Application (Spring)

    EDUC 628: Research in Curriculum & Instruction II (Spring)

    EDUC 698: MA Seminar (Spring)

  • Elective Coursework (12+ units)

    Elective courses provide opportunities for focused learning in an area of interest related to curriculum and instruction (e.g., literacy, bilingual education, special education). Up to twelve (12) units earned through CSUSM credential courses may be applied toward these electives within 5 years of the completion of the credential. Up to nine (9) units of relevant graduate study completed at other institutions will be considered for transfer and application toward elective units. Elective courses are chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor and must be completed prior to beginning the required core coursework.

  • Part Time

    Those who wish to attend part-time can complete the program over 4-6 semesters, depending upon the number of completed units transferred/applied toward the elective courses. Students will establish a program of study with their faculty advisor upon admission.

    For individuals wishing to complete the program part-time, note that EDUC 603 & EDUC 611 (Fall), as well as EDUC 628 & EDUC 698 (Spring), must be taken together in sequence during a single academic year.