Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

The MA in Curriculum and Instruction equips teachers with knowledge of current research in education and culturally responsive pedagogical practices to support their work in diverse school settings. 

The program includes:

  • A focus on integrating core content areas across the curriculum

  • Engagement in action research and self study as tools to improve educational outcomes

  • Opportunities to engage in analysis and receive feedback on your teaching as it develops

  • Elective areas of specialization including language and literacy, math education, integrated teaching credential + MA, and other areas of specialization under advisement

Admission to Program

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Additional entrance requirements include:

A 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate degree or last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted, including credential courses.
A valid preliminary or clear single subject or multiple subject teaching credential OR concurrent enrollment in a credential program in the SFSU Department of Elementary or Secondary Education. Exceptions may be granted for applicants who have at least three years prior experience in a relevant educational settings (such as museum or informal education) that do not require a credential.
Evidence of employment as a full or part-time teacher or evidence of permission to work on a regular basis within a school setting through a volunteer program or other agreement.
Evidence of written English proficiency.

Students who are seeking their preliminary Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential may apply to the MA in Curriculum and Instruction concurrently with their application to the credential program in the Department of Elementary or Secondary Education. Students who enroll in the concurrent program may count 12 graded units of their credential coursework toward partial fulfillment of the area of specialization requirement. 

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

Written English proficiency will be assessed on the Personal Statement, submitted to the department as part of the application.

Students admitted conditionally or not meeting the written English proficiency standards must demonstrate that they have met the Level One Written English proficiency requirement by completing the final assignment in E ED 774 with a grade of B or better.

Level Two

Writing proficiency will be assessed based on the Field Study Report submitted as the culminating experience for E ED/ S ED 895 or E ED/ SED 890. All students in the program must complete an 895 or 890 project.

Course Progression Requirements

Students who are admitted concurrently to the Multiple or Single Subject Credential + MA in Curriculum and Instruction must meet all credential program pre-requisites and receive their advisor’s approval prior to enrollment in MA specific courses.

Students must complete both EED/SED 774 and ISED 797 prior to the semester in which they complete their culminating experience (E ED/S ED 895 or EED/SED 890).

Students may take no more than one remaining MA class concurrently with their culminating experience.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction — 30 units

Core Courses (12 units)

E ED/S ED 725Classroom Issues in Language, Literacy, and Culture3
E ED/S ED 774Teacher Research Methodologies3
ISED 797Seminar in Educational Research3
S ED/E ED 780Advanced Curriculum Development3

Elective Courses (15 units)

Advanced coursework in an approved area of specialization, upon consultation with and approval by the program advisor. Areas of specialization may include but are not limited to: math education, language and literacy education, and integrated credential + MA (Elementary or Secondary Education).  Students who wish to pursue a Reading Specialist or Math Specialist credential in conjunction with the MA should map out a pathway with their advisor at the start of their MA studies. Additional units may be required to meet the requirements for both.

E ED 703Family Literacy Studies of the Elementary Age Child3
E ED 705Exploring Child and Adolescent Literature3
E ED 708Language and Literacy in the Early Years3
E ED 720Research and Practice in Language and Literacy Education3
E ED 726Engaging Young Writers in Classroom Settings, TK-123
E ED 761School Mathematics: Problem Solving3
E ED 763Integrating Language, Literacy, and Technology in Elementary School Curriculum3
E ED 765Elementary School Science3
E ED 767Elementary School Creative Arts3
E ED 770Teaching Integrated Literacy and Assessment, TK-53
E ED 771Literacy Clinic II: Multidisciplinary Assessment and Remediation of Language and Literacy Problems3
E ED 785Literacy Theories: Connections to Classroom Practices3
E ED 869Enhancing Access for Bi-Literate Learner, TK-123
ISED 738Critical and Postmodern Pedagogies3
ISED 748Culture, Cognition, and Power Issues in Education3
MATH 575Mathematics in the Middle School Classroom3
MATH 576Math in Middle Schools II3
MATH 577Math in Middle School III3
S ED 701Teaching for Equity in Secondary Schools3
S ED 720Critical and Digital Literacy Across Content Areas3
S ED 759Curriculum and Instruction I3
S ED 769Curriculum and Instruction II3
S ED 800Adolescent Development3
S ED 850Culminating Experience Project Design3

Students whose area of specialization is the Integrated Teaching Credential + MA may use 12 graded units from the SFSU Multiple Subjects or Single Subjects credential programs, in addition to one elective from the approved electives list.

Three of the above listed math courses or other math courses, upon advisement, are required for those seeking the MA + Math Certificate.

Culminating Experience (3 units)

In consultation with an advisor, students will complete either E ED 895/S ED 895 or E ED 890 as their culminating experience. In both options, students will complete an original research project based on the practitioner research model. In the E ED 890 field study seminar option, students produce a more concise written component focused on the theoretical framework, literature review, and analysis in addition to a professional level, public presentation of the study that is designed to benefit other professionals in the field. A project is a significant undertaking appropriate to the fine and applied arts or to professional fields. It evidences originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale. It is described and summarized in a written abstract that includes the project's significance, objectives, methodology and a conclusion or recommendation. An oral defense of the project may be required.

Select One:
E ED 890Field Study Project Seminar3
E ED/S ED 895Field Study Project3