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, a two-year format beginning in the fall semester, and an 18-month format beginning in the spring.  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:

  • Cognition and Learning in Japan (Summer 2016)
  • Comparative and International Education in England (Summer 2015)
  • Research Design and Methodology in Japan (Summer 2015)

Summer Start - One-Year Format Curriculum

Summer I (9 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 540 Introduction to Language & Linguistic Analysis 3
EDUC 581C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Teaching in a Global Society 3
EDUC 582 Psychological Foundations of Education 3

Field experience: 

  • Practicum at school site.

Fall (17 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 551P MCC Extended Practicum 2
EDUC 567S MCC Extended Practicum 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: 

  • Part-time student teaching September-January with additional school visits where necessary to complete course assignments.
  • edTPA Performance Assessment.

Intersession (3 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDSP 589P Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society 3

Field experience: 

  • Observations 

Spring (12 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 552P MCC Student Teaching 6
EDUC 557 MCC Action Research I 3

Choose one of the following:

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE 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 NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning 3
EDUC 558 Action Research for Elementary Teachers II 1
EDUC 5XX Elective Course in M.Ed. 3

Fall Start - Two-Year Format Curriculum

Fall I (15 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 540 Introduction to Language & Linguistic Analysis 3
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

Field experience: 

  • Practicum at school site.

Spring I (14 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE 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 589P Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society 3
EDUC 567S MCC Extended Practicum Seminar 3
EDUC 551P MCC Extended Practicum 2

Field experience: 

  • Part-time student teaching with additional school visits where necessary to complete course assignments
  • edTPA Performance Assessment
  • Please note that student teaching placements follow the school district calendar and typically extend into June

Fall II (9 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 552P MCC Student Teaching 6
EDUC 557 MCC 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 NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 558 Action Research for Elementary Teachers II 1
EDUC Elective Course in M.Ed. 3

Choose one of the following:

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 535 Curriculum Design & Evaluation 3
EDUC 578 Learning and Technology 3

Choose one of the following:

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning 3
EDUC 511 Education Reform 3
EDUC 512 Historical Struggles for Educational Equity 3

Spring Start - 18-Month - Format Curriculum

Spring I (12 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
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
EDSP 589P Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society 3

Field experience: 

  • Practicum at school site.

Summer I (9 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 540 Introduction to Language & Linguistic Analysis 3
EDUC 581C Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations of Teaching in a Global Society 3
EDUC 582 Psychological Foundations of Education 3

Field experience: 

  • Practicum at school site.

Fall I (8 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 583P Methods of Teaching Literacy in Elementary Schools In A Global Society 3
EDUC 551P MCC Extended Practicum 2
EDUC 567S MCC Extended Practicum Seminar 3

Field experience: 

  • Extended Practicum at school site. 
  • edTPA Performance Assessment.

Spring II (12 units)

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 552P MCC Student Teaching 6
EDUC 557 MCC Action Research I 3

Choose one of the following:

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE 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 NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 558 Action Research for Elementary Teachers II 1
EDUC Elective Course in M.Ed. 3

Choose one of the following:

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLEGRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning 3
EDUC 511 Education Reform 3
EDUC 512 Historical Struggles for Educational Equity 3

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the program take me?

Students in the one-year format begin their program in the mid-July and are finished in mid-August 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 2016 will graduate in May 2018). This program of study does not include coursework in July, most of August, or intersession.

Students in the 18-month format begin their program in late January/early February and are finished in the August of their second year (students starting in Spring 2017 will graduate in August 2018).

How much will the program cost me?

Tuition for the Master's Credential Cohort program is discounted by 44% for 2016-2017. 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.

The 18-month program is a slightly accelerated and offers a spring start option to students looking to start at the beginning of a calendar year. This program allows students to spread their coursework over three semesters and two summer session. Student teaching will occur in their first fall and second spring semester.

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 9:00 a.m., 4:40 p.m. or 7:30 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 48 graduate units.

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.