Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Special Interest Area
Graduate Advisors: Dr. Deborah Curtis, Dr. David Hemphill, Dr. Helen Hyun
The Master of Arts in Education with a Special Interest Concentration is a highly flexible program that gives graduate students the freedom to design their own personalized M.A. degree in education. Each graduate student in this program works closely with an advisor to design a 30-unit M.A. degree that focuses on the student’s educational area of interest. Graduate students have considerable independence in identifying appropriate courses that will comprise their special interest area.
For this M.A. degree, half of the graduate student’s coursework is taken in the ELSIT Department in areas such as equity and social justice, adult education, educational leadership, instructional technologies, and educational research, and the other half can be taken in any department on the SFSU campus.
Teaching Credential + Special Interest M.A. Degree Option
Former SFSU credential students can apply up to 12 units of post-baccalaureate SFSU teacher credential coursework towards the M.A. Special Interest degree, provided that these courses have been taken in the past 5 years. For the Teaching Credential + Special Interest M.A. degree option, students take at least 9 units of elective professional education courses in the ELSIT Department in one or more of the following areas: Equity and Social Justice (courses with an “ISED” prefix), Instructional Technologies (courses with an “ITEC” prefix), and Educational Leadership (courses with an “EDAD” prefix).
Admission to Program
Applicants to the program must specify an area of interest and meet with a program advisor about objectives, study plans, and procedures prior to admission. Entry into the master’s program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units of college coursework. Prospective students must submit a CSU Graduate Application, including two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and transcripts from outside universities. A faculty committee reviews applications for admission. Students are admitted in both fall and spring semesters.
Written English Proficiency Requirement
During the first semester in a program and before filing Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) form, each student must demonstrate graduate-level English writing ability. If remedial work is necessary, the student shall be expected to complete prescribed courses in English, or other corrective work, at a level acceptable to the department.
Graduate students have the semester they enroll in the culminating experience course and the following semester to complete their degree requirements. Those who need time beyond the two semesters to complete the culminating experience requirement must enroll in a zero-unit designated College of Extended Learning course every subsequent semester until the requirement is completed.
For more information, please contact the ELSIT Department at (415) 338-1653, visit us at Burk Hall 239, and email us at email@example.com.
Education (M.A.): Concentration in Special Interest Area — Minimum 30 Units
Core Requirements (6 Units)
|ISED 747||Culture, Language, and Society in Education||3|
|ISED 797||Seminar in Educational Research||3|
Professional Education Courses
Units selected on advisement (6 units must be ISED, ITEC, or EDAD courses) Recommended ELSIT Elective Courses (6–9 Units)
|ISED 706||Principles and Methods of Adult and Vocational Education||3|
|ISED 707||Planning and Funding Education and Community Programs||3|
|ISED 715||Race, Class, and Gender in Education Policy||3|
|ISED 716||Literacy and Cross-cultural Issues in Education||3|
|ISED 717||Social Foundation for Multicultural Education||3|
|ISED 735||Seminar on the Adult Learner||3|
|ISED 736||Leadership and Policy for Community and Non-Formal Education||3|
|ISED 738||Critical and Postmodern Pedagogies||3|
|ISED 739||Education and Community Development: Equity and Diversity||3|
|ISED 740||Education & Globalization: Issues in Comparative and International Education||3|
|ISED 745||Practicum in a Multicultural Educational Setting||3|
|ISED 748||Culture, Cognition, and Power Issues in Education||3|
|ISED 781||Educational Praxis: Curriculum Development and Pedagogies||3|
|ISED 782||Practicum in Adult Learning||3|
|ISED 899||Independent Study||3|
Area of Specialization (12–15 Units)
Can include up to 12 units of SF State teaching credential coursework.
Units selected in an area of specialization.
Culminating Experience (3 Units)
(Prerequisite: ISED 797 and completion of 24 units of M.A. coursework)
|ISED 895||Field Study||3|
|or ISED 898||Master's Thesis|