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Department of Learning and Teaching

Master of Education Degree Programs

Master’s degree programs in the Department of Learning and Teaching candidate outcomes are designed in congruence with the School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ A.C.E. conceptual framework, in which “A” represents “Academic Excellence, Critical Inquiry, and Reflection,” “C” stands for “Community and Service,” and “E” represents “Ethics, Values, and Diversity.” Advanced programs are offered concurrently with teaching credential programs and include teaching experience. These include Master of Education degrees in Curriculum and Instruction; Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education; and TESOL-Literacy, and Culture.

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree and the Master of Education degree in Special Education are initial programs that are open to candidates with and without teaching experience and credentials. The department, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, offers the Master of Arts in Teaching degree that combines academic content area study with advanced coursework in education. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is offered in History/Social Science.

Grades of B- or better are required in master’s degree courses. With approval, candidates may transfer in up to 6 units from other graduate programs and/or institutions. Continuing education units are not accepted for graduate credit.

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is a course of study aimed at improving candidates’ instructional practices. It focuses on the design, delivery, and assessment of programs, units and lessons, and is appropriate for K-12 teachers and educators, and trainers in public and private sectors. Courses utilize current research on instructional best practices to frame discussions on teaching and learning. Taking a backward design approach, coursework examining instructional planning emphasizes identification of learning objectives worthy of enduring understanding, the use of essential questions, and the use of assessments designed to evaluate students’ knowledge and misconceptions. The program teaches candidates to systematically examine both their own practices and cutting edge national and international exemplars. Included is critical examination of a variety of different technology applications in educational and training settings. A 9-unit certificate in Character Education, and a 13-unit certificate in Peace Education in a Global Context are available as elective options. (See certificate programs section.)

Program of Study (30 units)

I. Foundations of Education (12 units)
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology (3)
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning (3) OR EDUC 513 – Human Development (3)
EDUC 597 The Struggle for Educational Equity (3)
EDUC 580 Master’s Capstone Seminar (3) OR
EDUC 595 Thesis (3)

II. Core Courses in Curriculum and Instruction Specialization (12 units)
Candidates are required to take the following four courses for a total of 12 units.
EDUC 535 Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
EDUC 536 Curricular Innovations (3)

Take one of the following 3 courses:
EDUC 517 Multiple Literacies (3)
EDUC 518 Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
EDUC 519 Literature for Children and Adolescents (3)

Take one of the following 3 courses:
EDUC 550 Distance Education (3)
EDUC 559 Teaching with Technology in Diverse Communities (3)
EDUC 578 Learning and Technology (3)

III. Electives (6 units)
EDUC 501 Family, School and Community Partnerships (3)
EDUC 515 Advanced Theories of Language and Literacy (3)
EDUC 537 Adolescent and Children’s Literature and GLBTG Communities (3)
EDUC 553 Curriculum and Programs in Character Education (3)
EDUC 554 Character-based Classroom Management (3)
EDUC 555 Leadership in Character Education (1-3)
EDUC 556 Instructional Strategies in Character Education (3) Fall semesters
EDUC 595 Thesis (3)
Other courses by permission of advisor.

MEd In Curriculum and Instruction-Specialization in Montessori Education

In partnership with the Montessori Institute of San Diego, graduate students at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at USD can earn a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Montessori Education. The program is designed for educators interested in becoming Montessori trained and earning an Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.) diploma, or for those interested in increasing their pedagogical understanding of the principles behind Montessori education. Upon completion, students will earn an A.M.I. diploma certifying them to teach children from birth to six years of age. The 13 ½ month, full-time program consists of two summers and one complete academic year.

Program Highlights

  • 39 units
  • observation in homes, A.M.I. infant, toddler and primary classroom settings
  • fieldwork in A.M.I. classrooms (with A.M.I. certified teachers) with children, birth to six years of age, and, at times, their parents
  • renowned Montessori practitioners and academic faculty who live the art and science of Montessori
  • Education as standardized by Association Montessori Internationale
  • diverse student body reflecting an international diversity
  • balanced curriculum provides students a deep understanding of both content and pedagogy
  • focus on parent and community education: students learn how to bring Montessori education to parents
  • and their children, schools and early childhood community services
  • Capstone Research seminar supports students in the design, implementation, analysis and publication of original, classroom –focused, action research.
  • MISD Montessori and USD education coursework combine to offer candidates the theoretical basis and practical knowledge/field experiences necessary to conduct research, to teach, or to consult in schools and early childhood services
  • field experiences and support in the design, implementation, analysis and publication of original research on the effectiveness in Montessori classrooms.

Prerequisite Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Personal interview and written essay
  • Three letters of recommendation (2 academic)
  • TOEFL (www.ets.org/toefl) required for prospective students for whom English is a second language

Prerequisite for international students

EDU 558XB First and Second Language Development and Structure for the Classroom Teacher (Continuing Education) (3)

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Specialization in Montessori Education Coursework

Foundations and Research (6 units)
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology (3)
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning (3)

Curriculum and Teaching Specialization (3 units)
EDTE 500 Foundations of the Montessori System of Education (3)

Philosophy and Method (16 units)
EDTE 501 Child Neuropsychiatry (2)
EDTE 502 Early Childhood Education (2)
EDTE 503 Anatomy, Physiology, Hygiene, Obstetrics, and Nutrition (2)
EDTE 504 Creating Healthy, Safe Environments for Infants and Toddlers (2)
EDTE 505 Human Relations and Self Awareness among Young Children (2)
EDTE 506 Field Experience (Observation and Teaching Practice) (2)
EDTE 507 Perceptual-Motor Development (2)
EDTE 508 Teaching Strategies and Social Development (2)

Parent Education and Family Development (11 units)
EDTE 509 Creative Activities (Music, Art, Movement, Drama) (2)
EDTE 510 Language Arts/Reading Curriculum and Instruction (3)
EDTE 511 Mathematics and Science Curriculum and Instruction (3)
EDSP 595 Leadership and Management Skills (3)

Capstone Requirement (3 units)
EDUC 580 Master’s Capstone Seminar (3)
OR
EDUC 595 Thesis (3)

Master’s Credential Cohort Program: Combined MEd and Multiple or Single Subject Credential

The Master’s Credential Cohort Program is designed to prepare effective elementary, middle, and high school educators. 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. At the conclusion of the twelve-month program, successful candidates will have earned a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Teaching and either a multiple or single subject teaching credential.

Program of Study (42-45 Units)

Summer I (3-unit prerequisite + 6 units)
Prerequisite
EDU 558XB First and Second Language Development and Structure for the Classroom Teacher (3)

Required Courses
EDUC 581C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society (3)
EDUC 582 Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (3)
Fall (13-16 units)
EDUC 585P Elementary Curriculum and Methods for Global Classrooms (6)
OR
EDUC 532P Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Today’s Global Secondary Classrooms (3)
EDUC 583P Methods of Teaching Reading & Language Arts in Elementary (3)
OR
EDUC 534P Methods of Teaching Literacy in Secondary Schools in a Global Society (3)
EDUC 584C Methods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts (3)
EDUC 551 MCC Student Teaching I (2)
EDUC 567 MCC Student Teaching Seminar (2)

Intersession (3 units)
EDSP 589 Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society (3)

Spring (13 units)
EDUC 535 Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
EDUC 557 MCC Action Research I (2)
EDUC 552 MCC Student Teaching II (6)
EDUC 567 MCC Student Teaching Seminar (2)

Summer II (7 units)
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning (3)
EDUC 558 MCC Action Research II (1)
Elective: Choose 3 units of Electives with Advisor Approval

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Induction Master’s Partnership Program

The Induction Master’s Partnership program offers newly hired teachers the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction as they work to meet Induction requirements for the Professional Clear credential. Classes are co-constructed and may be co-taught by university and school district instructors. Special incentives exist for district teachers to receive scholarships that greatly reduce tuition. The two-year, cohort-based program is currently open only to teachers who are enrolled in a BTSA induction program.

Program of Study (30 units)

Spring I (6 units)
EDUC 520 Teacher Induction I (3)
EDUC 524 Advanced Literacy Instruction for Elementary Teachers (3) OR
EDUC 525 Advanced Literacy Instruction for Secondary Teachers (3)

Summer I (3 units)
EDUC 501 Family, School and Community Partnerships (3)

Fall I (10 units)
EDUC 521 Teacher Induction II (3)
EDUC 535 Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
EDUC 528 Advanced Seminar in Teaching Mathematics to Elementary Students (3) OR
EDUC 539 Advanced Pedagogy for Secondary Teachers (3)
EDUC 507 Action Research I (1)

Spring II (7 units)
EDUC 522 Teacher Induction III (3)
EDUC 512 Measurement and Evaluation in Educational Settings (3)
EDUC 508 Action Research II (1)

Summer II (1 unit)
EDUC 509 Action Research* III (1)

Fall II (3 units)
*Action Research Project
EDUC 503 Teacher Leaders In Urban Schools
*In EDUC 509 – Action Research III students will present an original action research project as a capstone exit requirement.

MEd in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

This program is designed to increase proficiency in mathematics, science and technology content and skills in elementary and secondary pedagogical processes. Providing candidates with opportunities to mature as “teacher-scholars” and to develop insights regarding effective teaching practices, the program will incorporate problem-based learning, inquiry, simulations, modeling and action research. Through reflection on their experiences in mathematics, science and technology education, candidates construct a critical understanding of their practice. Graduates of the program are prepared for leadership roles in the field of mathematics, science and technology education.

Program of Study (30 units)

I. Foundations of Education (12 units)
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology (3)
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning (3) OR
EDUC 513 Human Development (3)
EDUC 597 The Struggle for Educational Equity (3)
EDUC 580 Master’s Capstone Seminar (3) OR;
EDUC 595 Thesis (3)

II. Core Mathematics, Science and Technology (9 units)
Candidates are required to take three courses for a total of 9 units:

Mathematics
EDUC 572 The Psychology of Mathematical Thinking (3)
EDUC 573 Advanced Seminar in Mathematical Content (3)

Science
EDUC 574 Pedagogical Processes for Science Educators (3)
EDUC 576 Advanced Seminar in Science Content (3)

Technology
EDUC 550 Distance Education (3)
EDUC 559 Teaching with Technology in Diverse Communities (3)

III. Integrated Mathematics, Science and Technology (6 units)

Candidates will take two courses for a total of 6 units:
EDUC 571 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Math, Science and Technology Education (3)
EDUC 578 Learning and Technology (3) OR
EDUC 569 Advanced Research Seminar in Mathematics, Science and Technology (3)

IV. Electives (3 units)
Candidates may meet this requirement by taking 500-level or graduate courses in Learning and Teaching with the consent of their advisor and may transfer up to 6 units of Graduate Coursework.

MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture

The Department of Learning and Teaching offers a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Literacy, and Culture Program to assist professionals in the field of education to develop a scholarly and practical approach to literacy and second language instruction. We strive to prepare reflective practitioners who can successfully engage and ensure the academic success of students from diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The TESOL, Literacy, and Culture Program goals are for candidates 1) to have a critical understanding of theory and practice, 2) to understand the development and implementation of research-based and culturally responsive teaching practices, including closing the achievement gap and systems that perpetuate educational inequity, and 3) to provide the opportunities for their development as change agents and teacher-scholars at local, national and/or international levels.

Program of Study (30 units)

I. USD Foundations Courses (12 units)
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology (3)
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning (3)
EDUC 529* Literacy, Language and Culture (3) OR
EDUC 597 The Struggle for Educational Equity
EDUC 580 Master’s Capstone Seminar (3) OR;
EDUC 595 Thesis (3)

II. Core TESOL/CTEL* Courses (15)
EDUC 540* Introduction to Language and Linguistic Analysis (3)
EDUC 541* Second Language Acquisition & Development (3)
EDUC 543C* Methods for Teaching Literacy in ESL (3)
EDUC 548 Special Topics in ESL (3)

Choose one of the following three courses for 3 units
EDUC 517 Multiple Literacies (3)
EDUC 518 Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
EDUC 519 Literature for Children and Adolescents (3)

III. Elective Courses
Choose one of the following courses or others with approval of advisor (3 units)
EDUC 501 Family, School and Community Partnerships (3)
EDUC 515 Advanced Theories of Language and Literacy (3)
EDUC 516 Innovations in Reading and Writing (3)
EDUC 537 Adolescent and Children’s Literature and GLBTG Communities (3)
EDUC 546 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (3)
EDUC 547 Development and Evaluation of TESOL Programs (3)
EDUC 545 Language Politics, Policies, and Education (3)
EDUC 564 Cross-Cultural Communication (3)
* Courses required to earn a TESOL certificate.
Candidates may transfer up to 6 units of Graduate coursework with advisor approval.

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