2021-2022 Catalog

Education, Master of Education

The study for the Master of Education degree is designed to provide the necessary coursework and experience in human learning theory, instructional design, educational assessment, research, and advanced areas of study. Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 units of coursework. Master’s candidates select either (a) a Master’s of Education with an embedded teaching authorization (credential /certificate) or (b) a Master’s of Education without a K-12 teaching authorization. Courses may be substituted with approval of the Program Coordinator/Dean.

Learning Outcomes

  • Action based research: Analyzes challenges or potential problems in local learning communities with and application of current research provides scholarly plan of action that seeks to remedy identified areas of need or gaps in policy.
  • Local learning communities: Demonstrates understanding and knowledge of community issues, challenges, strengths and possibilities.
  • Knowledge of relevant scholarship and literature review: Conduct a search of scholarly research. Produces a compelling literature review of research literature.
  • Community context policy: Analyzing structured inequalities in history and issues of diverse communities, race, ethnicities, language, SES, gender, abilities. Action researchers use approaches to make diversity a strength in cultural capital.

Classification of Students in Specific Education Program Pathways

Students dually enrolled in a credential and Masters programs are considered graduate students from the point of Admissions until the point of Graduation. 

M.Ed. Urban Education: K-12 Education

(Multiple Subjects/Single Subject Credential +15-16 units)

Master’s candidates who select this concentration have chosen to focus on K-12 education. For this concentration students complete a California Teaching Credential in either Multiple Subjects or Single Subjects, and an additional 15-16 units.

NOTE: Candidates not prepared for their Masters Thesis upon completing of EDUC 290: Educational Research may be advised to take an additional 2-unit course, EDUC 293: Proposal Development, prior to their Masters Culminating Activity. 

Required Courses

M.Ed. Core Courses
EDUC 200Social Foundations in Education

3

EDUC 201Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 202BMulticultural Education

3

EDUC 203Theories and Methods for Second Language Acquisition

3

EDUC 205Literature Review

3

EDUC 210Introduction to Educational Research

1

EDUC 241Issues in Urban Education

3

EDUC 266/EDUC 166Educational Assessment

3

EDUC 290Educational Research

3

EDUC 298Culminating Scholarly Activity

3

EDUC 298: prerequisite is EDUC 290 + an approved proposal

One Required Elective from the following:
EDUC 295Using Educational Research Tools

2

EDUC 305Latino Culture

3

LING 245Fundamentals of Language

3

LING 245: also counts for credential prerequisite

Optional Support Class (does not fulfill 30 required units)

EDUC 293Proposal Development

2 or 3

M.Ed. Urban Education: Special Education

(Educational Specialist Mild/Moderate credential + 15-16 units)

Master’s candidates who select this concentration have chosen to focus in Special Education. For this concentration, students complete a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Teaching Credential in Special Education (e.g., Mild/Moderate), an additional 15-16 units, in an advanced area of study, including 6 units in a research strand, which includes the completion of a Thesis, also known as “Culminating Activity.”

NOTE: Candidates not prepared for their Masters Thesis upon completing of EDUC 290: Educational Research may be advised to take an additional 2-unit course, EDUC 293: Proposal Development, prior to their Masters Culminating Activity. 

Required Courses

M.Ed. Core Courses
EDUC 200Social Foundations in Education

3

EDUC 202BMulticultural Education

3

EDUC 203Theories and Methods for Second Language Acquisition

3

EDUC 205Literature Review

3

EDUC 210Introduction to Educational Research

1

EDUC 241Issues in Urban Education

3

EDUC 264Assessment in Special Education

3

EDUC 265Positive Learning Environments for Behavior Management

3

EDUC 290Educational Research

3

EDUC 298Culminating Scholarly Activity

3

EDUC 298: prerequisite is EDUC 290 + an approved proposal

One Required Elective from the following:
EDUC 295Using Educational Research Tools

2

EDUC 305Latino Culture

3

LING 245Fundamentals of Language

3

LING 245: also counts for credential prerequisite

Optional Support Class (does not fulfill 30 required units)

EDUC 293Proposal Development

2 or 3

M.Ed. Urban Education

(Non-credential/certificate minimum 30 units)

The Master of Education Degree in Urban Education is a Master’s without an embedded K-12 teaching authorization (credential or certificate) and is intended for current and future educators who anticipate service in other than K-12 teaching environments. Such environments may include staff or faculty positions in community college and/or higher education, educational policy and positions in corporations or non-profit organizations, or professional development departments in either private or public sector agencies. This option requires a minimum of 30 units of graduate coursework without units in student or intern teaching or clinical practicum.

 

NOTE: Candidates not prepared for their Masters Thesis upon completing of EDUC 290: Educational Research may be advised to take an additional 2-unit course, EDUC 293: Proposal Development, prior to their Masters Culminating Activity. 

Required Courses

M.Ed. Core Courses
EDUC 200Social Foundations in Education

3

EDUC 201Educational Psychology

3

EDUC 202BMulticultural Education

3

EDUC 203Theories and Methods for Second Language Acquisition

3

EDUC 205Literature Review

3

EDUC 210Introduction to Educational Research

1

EDUC 241Issues in Urban Education

3

EDUC 266/EDUC 166Educational Assessment

3

EDUC 290Educational Research

3

EDUC 298Culminating Scholarly Activity

3

EDUC 298: prerequisite EDUC 290 + an approved proposal

One Required Elective from the following:
EDUC 295Using Educational Research Tools

2

EDUC 305Latino Culture

3

LBST 236Hip Hop in the Contemporary World

3

LING 245Fundamentals of Language

3

LING 245: also counts for credential prerequisite

Optional Support Class (does not fulfill 30 required units)
EDUC 293Proposal Development

2 or 3

Master’s Oral Hearing for Proposal and Thesis

Oral hearings are required of all Master’s candidates at the proposal level and upon completion of the Thesis/Culminating Activity. The first hearing is held after the thesis or project proposal has been reviewed and recommended by the candidate’s Lead Thesis Advisor. The hearing gives the department an opportunity to estimate the candidate’s ability to think clearly and cogently, to marshal data logically and relevantly, to evaluate the literature of the field soundly, and to present research effectively. The Lead Thesis Advisor approves the proposal. After the thesis is completed, a committee meets with the candidate for a final review of the completed research.

Educational Research and Completion of Thesis/Culminating Scholarly Activity

All students, regardless of area of focus, must take Educational Research, EDUC 290, and EDUC 298, Thesis/Culminating Scholarly Activity. These two courses should be taken in sequence to best assure uninterrupted completion of the degree. Ideally they should be taken at or near the end of the program in order to benefit from program coursework. Exceptions to the recommended sequence must be approved by the Program Coordinator/Dean.

In EDUC 290, students survey different methodologies, develop a research question, and decide the methodology best suited to their research question. Proposals are approved by the EDUC 290 instructor. Students complete a masters’ proposal and a proposal for the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The Program Coordinator/Dean forwards the proposals to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for final approval to begin data collection. If a student does not complete an IRB and approved proposal, s/he may not enroll in EDUC 298. In the event a student does not complete an IRB approved proposal, the student may enroll in EDUC 293 to refine and complete the proposal. The before mentioned IRB process for approval is the same for EDUC 293 students.

In EDUC 298 students enhance the literature review, collect their data, and write the thesis. Upon completion of the thesis, and with the support of the Lead Thesis Advisor, the student is responsible for convening the committee for the final hearing/defense of the thesis. A final draft of the thesis must be substantially completed 4 weeks prior to the end of the semester in order to graduate.

If a Master’s candidate fails to complete the final draft of the thesis while enrolled in EDUC 298A, the candidate may enroll in EDUC 298B for no credit and no tuition (fees apply). The candidate may continue to work with the same Lead Thesis Advisor or may elect to sign up with another Lead Thesis Advisor, with the Advisor’s approval. If the thesis is not completed by the end of EDUC 298B, the student may enroll in EDUC 298C, with associated tuition and fees, in order to remain actively enrolled in the Master’s Program. EDUC 298C may be repeated under extenuating circumstances with the approval of the Program Coordinator/Dean, and the Lead, if necessary.