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Master of Arts in Education-General Option Program is designed for K-12 credentialed teachers who want to refine their professional education knowledge, skills and dispositions.

It is recommended that educators begin the program after clearing their CA credential and have 1-3 years of teaching experience.

Program requires a minimum of 30 graduate level units. Twenty–one (21) units must be taken in residence at CSUSM.

Courses are 3 units each and are provided as hybrid classes with face-to-face and online sessions. Typically graduate students take 2 classes a semester so they can balance the coursework with their teaching.

Required Coursework – 9 Units

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

First Year

You will complete 12 units in the first year to establish your understanding of educational research and best practices for teaching and learning.

Second Year

In the second year will begin your culminating activity to create curriculum and conduct research.


When meeting with the MA Coordinator you will develop a“Program of Study”to identify the courses you will take and the sequence.

Open House

If you are interested in learning more about the program attend our School of Education Open House, where our MA graduates present their culminating activities in a poster session format. The SOE Open House is offered in the 14 week of each semester. For more details see our SOE calendar on our home page.  

* F-1 visa International students, please note: The Master of Arts in Education 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*