Coursework

Master's Credential Cohort Program: Elementary Education

Department of Learning and Teaching

Program of Study

Overview

The Master’s Credential Cohort Multiple Subject Program is designed to prepare effective elementary teachers. The program emphasizes the connection between theory and practice, weaving together university-based coursework and thoughtfully designed field experiences. Candidates in the program develop the knowledge, skills and strategies needed to flourish in their own classrooms, as well as the critical habits of mind and reflective practice that will allow them to grow as educators throughout their careers. Faculty and students in the program are committed to teaching for social justice and promoting educational excellence and equity in all school settings.  

The SOLES faculty enrich all programs and course offerings with the values, concepts and themes that we all believe will help students become ethical, civic-minded and committed leaders in their chosen fields.

The Master’s Credential Cohort Program for Elementary Education consists of 48 units taken in a prescribed sequence. Two formats are available: an intensive one-year format beginning in July, and a two-year format beginning in the fall semester.  At orientation, students will receive, review and sign a Professional Agreement outlining the degree and credential requirements of their prescribed program.

International Experience

At SOLES, all master's and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.

For many students, this experience will include a one- to two-week, faculty-led course abroad. For students who prefer to stay in southern California, this experience may be fulfilled through research or coursework on international issues. Service trips and site visits across the border in Tijuana are offered regularly.

Learning and Teaching courses with an international component include:

  • Educational Leadership for Peace and Sustainability in Costa Rica (Summer 2013)
  • Cognition and Learning in Japan (Summer 2013)
  • Research Design and Methodology in Japan (Summer 2012)
  • Exploring the Underground Railroad (Summer 2012)

One-Year Format Curriculum

Summer I (9 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 581C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Teaching in a Global Society
3
EDUC 582 Psychological Foundations of Education
3
COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
EDU 558XB* First and Second Language Development for the Classroom Teacher
3

* EDU 558XB is a course offered through the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. Continuing Education courses are not eligible for financial aid. The cost for this course is typically several hundred dollars.

Field experience: 

  • Practicum at school sites

Fall (17 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 551 MCC Student Teaching I 2
EDUC 567 MCC Student Teaching Seminar
3
EDUC 583P Methods of Teaching Literacy in Elementary Schools In A Global Society
3
EDUC 584C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Cross Cultural Contexts
3
EDUC 585P Elementary Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in a Global Society
6

Field experience: 

Intersession (3 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDSP 589 Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society
3

Field experience: 

Spring (12 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 552 MCC Student Teaching II
6
EDUC 557 Action Research I
3

Choose one of the following:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 535 Curriculum Design & Evaluation
3
EDUC 578 Learning and Technology
3

Field experience: 

  • Full-time student teaching and action research at school site
  • Special topics sessions provided for no credit

Summer II (7 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning
3
EDUC 558 Action Research for Elementary Teachers II
1
EDUC Elective Course in M.Ed.
3

Two-Year Format Curriculum

Fall I (15 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 581C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Teaching in a Global Society
3
EDUC 582 Psychological Foundations of Education
3
EDUC 585P Elementary Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in a Global Society
6
COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
EDU 558XB First and Second Language Development for the Classroom Teacher
3

Field experience: 

  • Practicum at school sites

Spring I (14 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 583P Methods of Teaching Literacy in Elementary Schools In A Global Society
3
EDUC 584C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Cross Cultural Contexts
3
EDSP 589 Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education
3
EDUC 567 MCC Student Teaching Seminar
3
EDUC 551 MCC Student Teaching I
2

Field experience: 

  • Part-time student teaching with additional school visits where necessary to complete course assignments
  • Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) teaching event
  • Please note that student teaching placements follow the school district calendar and typically extend into June

Fall II (9 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 552 MCC Student Teaching II
6
EDUC 557 Action Research I
3

Field experience: 

  • Full-time student teaching and action research at school site
  • Special topics sessions provided for no credit

Spring II (10 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 558 Action Research for Elementary Teachers II
1
EDUC Elective Course in M.Ed.
3

Choose one of the following:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 535 Curriculum Design & Evaluation
3
EDUC 578 Learning and Technology
3

Choose one of the following:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning
3
EDUC 511 Education Reform
3
EDUC 597 Historical Struggles for Educational Equity
3

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the program take me?

Students in the 12-month format begin their program in the mid-July and are finished in mid-July of the following year. This intensive program of study includes year-round coursework.

Students in the two-year format begin their program in late August/early September and are finished in the May of their second year (students starting in Fall 2014 will graduate in May 2016). This program of study does not include coursework in July, most of August, or intersession.

How much will the program cost me?

Tuition for the Master's Credential Cohort program is discounted by 44% for 2014-2015. See tuition and fees and information on financial aid.

What are the pros and cons of each format?

Students who are able to commit to an intensive year of coursework with fewer breaks may be best suited to the one-year program. These students complete their program of study more quickly and can begin their teaching careers sooner. However, students who have no experience teaching or working with children, or those with extensive commitments outside of graduate school, may find this format to be too intensive. In addition, this format is not recommended for international students, who are adjusting to a new country and culture and may need time to become acclimated to the U.S. education system.

The two-year program is best suited for students who can commit to full-time study during fall and spring semesters, but need July, most of August and intersession periods free for work, family commitments or relaxation! They will complete their program at a slower pace, but may begin teaching or substitute teaching during their final semester of study (Spring II) since their credential requirements will be complete at the end of the Fall II semester and their remaining coursework will be in the late afternoons and evenings.

Can I work while completing the program?

Students are discouraged from working while in the program, and especially during student teaching, because each semester requires a full-time courseload. During these times students typically rely of financial aid or personal savings for assistance with tuition and living expenses.

During July, most of August, and intersession, two-year program students do not have any coursework or fieldwork and may work full-time if they choose.

Some students in both the one-year and two-year formats have been successful in holding part-time employment on-campus or off-campus during fall and spring semesters as long as their work hours do not conflict with their class times or fieldwork commitments.

When are classes scheduled?

Each class typically meets once per week at 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. for two hours and 50 minutes at a time. Summer and intersession classes are required for students in the one-year format and hold more frequent class meetings. The program includes two semesters of student teaching, which is completed during the K-12 district school day. Student teaching placements follow the school district calendar and typically extend into June.

How many units are included in the program?

The program includes 45 graduate units and three Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Is this program offered online?

No, this program is offered on campus at USD only. There is no online, hybrid or distance learning option available.