Master of Arts, M.A., Teaching & Teacher Education

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This master's degree is designed for experienced classroom teachers and other educators who wish to further their professional development or pursue new educational careers. The program leads to positions in schools and informal education institutions or in preparation for doctoral programs. This degree requires students to focus graduate coursework in one of two strands:

Education Strand: This strand focuses on teaching and schooling. Most courses are taken from those within the College of Education. Coursework for this degree includes a variety of domains, including teacher reflection, curriculum and instruction in the specific content areas of mathematics and science, bilingual education, indigenous education, teaching Mexican-American children; and environmental learning. See the faculty list for names of experts in these areas.

Subject Matter Strand: This strand focuses on the content knowledge of teaching. Basic core courses are taken in the College of Education. Fifteen units comprising a content area are taken in other appropriate colleges across the campus (e.g., Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Science).

Special programs available within this strand are:


Admission Requirements

  • B.A. degree in education or a related field from an accredited four-year institution.
  • GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 units. 
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Application on GradAPP


Minimum of 33 units of graduate courses required.

  • Major Core (9 units)
    • TLS 570 Introduction to Educational Research.
    • TLS 539 Recent Research on Teaching and Schooling
    • TLS 545 Curriculum Theory and Policy
  • Supporting Coursework (24 units): Select Education Strand or Subject Matter Strand.
    • The Education Strand requires 12 units of coursework selected from graduate courses in the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Sociocultural Studies. Education Strand students are also encouraged to complete at least 6 units of coursework outside the Department of Teaching, Leaning, & Sociocultural Studies, and an additional 6 units to be agreed upon with TLS advisor. A student may take up to 3 units of independent study and/or 3 units of workshop courses.
    • The Subject Matter Strand requires 9 units of coursework selected from graduate courses in Teaching, Leaning, & Sociocultural Studies. Subject Matter Strand students must also complete 15 units of coursework within a content area generally taught in schools. These 15 units must be approved by the advisor.
  • Supervised Field Experience (6 units) TTE 593 - Internship (6 units) Required of students who do not have at least 2 years of teaching experience by the completion of the M.A. degree. These units are beyond the minimal 33 required units.
  • TLS Courses
    • 12 units of Teaching, Learning, & Sociocultural Studies courses selected with consultation with your advisor.
    • Substitution of other appropriate TLS courses may be made with permission of the TLS major advisor.


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