M.A. - Education, Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction

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The MA - Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction is designed as a pre-doctoral program of studies and a curriculum for professional educators interested in advanced study leading to service as a curriculum supervisor, curriculum developer, educational researcher, mentor teacher or similar educational position at elementary and middle school levels.

Requirements for Admission to the MA

  • An application for Admission to the university.
  • A Preliminary Teaching Credential.
  • An Application for admission to the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program. Application forms are available in the Department of Elementary Education Office located in Sweeney Hall 305.
  • A 1-2 page statement of educational and professional background and professional goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation from current or former professors and/or employers who can testify to the candidate's ability to pursue successfully an advanced academic degree.
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA).
  • A score above 550 or TOEFL (foreign students only).
  • Transcripts of record from all college level institutions attended.
  • Personal interview. Interviews will be scheduled after an initial evaluation of the application materials.

The statement, three letters of recommendation and the completed MA application should be sent directly to the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Coordinator for MA - Education Programs.

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing


Applicants must meet all university Graduate Division admission requirements as well as those of the College of Education. College of Education requirements include a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the last two years of undergraduate study, including work in the major.

Requirements for Admission to Candidacy for Master of Arts Degree


To be admitted to candidacy for the Master of Arts degree, a student must first meet the all-university requirements for the degree as stated in this catalog. The University requires that all graduate students demonstrate competency in written English as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled “Competency in Written English” for details. For graduate courses that meet the competency in written English requirement, please refer to the Graduate Studies and Research website.

Applicants must also:

  • Complete successfully 9 units of graduate course work in the Department of Elementary Education
  • Demonstrate aptitude for advanced work in professional education as measured by instructor appraisals, evaluation of previous academic work, recommendation by qualified professionals or other assessments
  • Meet with a graduate advisor to plan a formal course of study. The MA degree approved programs are individually designed to meet specific student objectives.

The proposed graduate program must be approved by the graduate coordinator before the student may be considered a candidate for the MA degree.

Course Requirements

Core Courses (9 units)

Approved 200-level courses in research methods, foundations of education, and curriculum/instruction.

Elective Courses (18 units)

At 100- or 200-level in the division or other departments, related to the candidate's career objective, chosen with the advisor's approval.

Thesis or Special Studies (3 units)

EDTE 299 (Plan A) or EDTE 298 (Plan B)

Other Requirements


Contact the Department of Elementary Education for information on advisors for the MA - Curriculum and Instruction and the application process. Applications are available in SH 305. Information about MA options in Elementary and Middle Level Education is also available on the SJSU website (http://www.sjsu.edu).