Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Special Interest Area

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Graduate Advisors: Curtis, Hemphill, Hyun, Perea

The Master of Arts in Education, concentration in Special Interest Area allows graduate students to design and complete, under advisement, a program of specialized study that emphasizes a particular issue or problem in education. It is expected that students' programs will be interdisciplinary in nature and that students will display considerable independence in identifying appropriate courses that will comprise their area of specialization. Applicants to the program must specify their area of interest and confer with a program advisor about objectives, study plans, and procedures prior to admission.

Admission to Program

Applicants to the program must specify an area of interest and confer 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 course work. Prospective students must submit a CSU Graduate Application and a department application. In addition to the department application form, applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and transcripts. A faculty committee reivews applications for admission. Students are admitted in both fall and spring semesters.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

During the first semester in a program and before filing an 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.

Level Two

The second assessment occurs within the Culminating Experience course (i.e., either ISED 895 or ISED 898) and by the time an ATC is approved and filed.

Students are required to take a minimum of 15 units of course work in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies. Nine of these units correspond to required course work (ISED 747, ISED 797, and either ISED 895, or ISED 898). The remaining six units are elective course work selected in conjunction with the advisor. Students who have completed a teaching credential at SF State can apply up to 12 units of credential coursework towards their MA degree.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement

Students who were admitted to the master’s program before fall 2008 must enroll in the University during the semester of anticipated graduation. To meet this requirement, many students choose to enroll in a zero-unit designated College of Extended Learning course established for this purpose.

Students admitted fall 2008 and beyond have the semester they enroll in the culminating experience course and the following semester to complete their degree requirements. Those who need additional time beyond the two semesters to complete this requirement must enroll in a zero-unit designated College of Extended Learning course every subsequent semester until the requirement is completed.

Students admitted fall 2013 and beyond have the semester they enroll in the culminating experience course to complete their degree requirements. Those who need additional time beyond that semester must enroll in EDUC 499 each additional semester until the culminating experience requirement is completed. Contact the department for further information.

For more information, please contact the department or the Credential and Graduate Services Center (BH 244).

Education (M.A.): Concentration in Special Interest Area — minimum 30 units

Core Requirements (6 units)

ISED 747Culture, Language, and Society in Education3
ISED 797Seminar in Educational Research3

Professional Education Courses

Units selected on advisement (6 units must be ISED, ITEC, or EDAD courses) Recommended ELSIT Elective Courses (6-9 units)

ISED 706Principles and Methods of Adult and Vocational Education3
ISED 707Planning and Funding Education and Community Programs3
ISED 715Equal Opportunity in Education3
ISED 716Literacy and Cross-cultural Issues in Education3
ISED 717Social Foundation for Multicultural Education3
ISED 735Seminar on the Adult Learner3
ISED 736Leadership and Policy for Community and Non-Formal Education3
ISED 738Critical and Postmodern Pedagogies3
ISED 739Education and Community Development: Equity and Diversity3
ISED 740Education & Globalization: Issues in Comparative and International Education3
ISED 745Practicum in a Multicultural Educational Setting3
ISED 748Culture, Cognition, and Power Issues in Education3
ISED 749Second Language Acquisition in the Elementary School3
ISED 781Educational Praxis: Curriculum Development and Pedagogies3
ISED 782Practicum in Adult Learning3
ISED 899Independent Study3

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 MA coursework)

ISED 895Field Study3
or ISED 898 Master's Thesis