Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Elementary Education

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Admission to Program

The Concentration in Elementary Education is only open to graduates of the SFSU Multiple Subjects Credential Program. Applicants must possess an elementary teaching credential or the equivalent or be in the student teaching phase of the Multiple Subjects Credential Program. All requirements for the MA degree must be completed within 7 years of the START of credential coursework.

Application to the program is a two-part process that should be completed simultaneously:

  1. Apply to the University (students currently enrolled in the Multiple Subjects Credential Program do not need to pay an application fee; please see Elementary Education office for the procedure): Complete the on-line CSU Mentor application. Follow all other requirements for admission by accessing
  2. Apply to the department by completing a department application. Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
    1. Possession of a Multiple Subject or elementary teaching credential.
    2. Currently enrolled in the SF State Multiple Subjects Credential Program or completed the program within the previous 3 years.
    3. Submission of a written statement of purpose (two-page minimum) to the program coordinator. The statement of purpose should describe the applicant’s goals for seeking the degree and describe the applicant’s level of academic and professional preparation. Both content and writing skill will be evaluated as part of the admissions decision and will determine whether the candidate has met Level One Written Language Proficiency at admission (see below). Current MSC students may submit an academic writing sample from their credential coursework in lieu of a statement of purpose to demonstrate Level One Written Language Proficiency.
    4. Two letters of recommendation from the following:
      • A college/university instructor addressing the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate level work.
      • A supervisor at a school or district addressing the applicant’s successful experience in classroom teaching or related work.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

Applicants to the program are assessed on the application essay based upon the elementary education program’s criteria. The evaluation rubric considers:

  1. mechanics and style, 
  2. coherence and argumentation, and
  3. content, that is, the relevancy of applicants’ experience and goals for the program.

Depending on their essay scores, applicants are either not admitted, admitted, or admitted conditionally. Applicants admitted conditionally are required to earn a minimum grade of B in the program- approved writing intensive course: E ED 760.

Level Two

Students are assessed on the quality of their culminating experience E ED 895.

Education (M.A.): Concentration in Elementary Education — 30 units

Credential Courses to Be Counted Toward the MA Degree (12 units)

E ED 701Social, Cultural, and Historical Foundations of Education3
E ED 777Curriculum and Instruction in Science3
E ED 782Teaching Reading/Language Arts K-33
E ED 786Seminar in Developmental Teaching and Learning3

Additional Required Courses (9 units)

At least nine units must form an Area of Specialization:

E ED 765Elementary School Science3
E ED 769Practitioner Research in Elementary Classrooms3
ISED 797Seminar in Educational Research3

Elective Courses (6 units)

In consultation with their academic advisor, students should select 6 elective units in the Department of Elementary Education or other academic departments university wide that are relevant to their academic and professional learning goals. All electives must be approved by the academic advisor. Options include but are not limited to:
E ED 615Environmental Education in ECE3
E ED 726Teaching Process Writing in Elementary Classrooms3
E ED 760Seminar on Social Issues and Curriculum Development3
E ED 761School Mathematics: Problem Solving3
E ED 767Elementary School Creative Arts3
E ED 850Seminar in Early Childhood Mathematics and Science Curriculum3
Relevant science content courses, with approval of advisor

Culminating Experience (3 units)

E ED 895Field Study3