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Program Requirements & Outline

In order to successfully complete the online M.A. in Education - Curriculum and Instruction program at CSU Bakersfield and graduate, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 30 semester units of coursework.

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all coursework. No course with a grade lower than a C will be counted in the program.

  • Complete Core coursework with a grade of B or better.

  • Complete a Culminating Activity with a grade of B or better.


The M.A. in Education - Curriculum & Instruction program is composed of 12 units of required core courses, 15 units of electives, and a 3 unit Culminating Activity. Master's programs require currency of coursework; no courses over seven years old will be counted toward completion of a graduate degree.

Core Courses (12 units)

EDCI 6100 Research Methods for Educational Leaders
EDCI 6200 Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice
EDCI 6300 Educational Leadership
EDCI 6400 Curriculum Development and Transformation

Elective Courses (15 units)

Elective coursework can be comprised of a combination of Reading & Literacy, Advanced Topics, and approved Credential courses.

Culminating Activity (3 units)

EDCI 6820 Master's Exam in Curriculum and Instruction

Added Authorization, Reading & Literacy

Students in the M.A. in Education - C&I program have the option of earning an Added Authorization, Reading & Literacy certification through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) by taking all 12 units of literacy elective courses and having three years of credentialed teaching experience. These courses also count as electives in the program, and students have the option of completing one or more literacy courses to fulfill elective requirements without earning the certificate.

EDLT 6100 Creating a Culture of Literacy in Diverse Settings
EDLT 6200 Writing Strategies, Assessment, and Intervention
EDLT 6300 Literacy Instruction and Assessment
EDLT 6400 Comprehension Strategies, Assessment, and Intervention

Advanced Topics in Education

Courses listed are a sampling of offerings within the program. Additional topics may be offered.

EDCI 6710 Advanced Topics: Common Core Standardized Testing
EDCI 6710 Advanced Topics: Common Core Instruction and Engagement
EDCI 6710 Advanced Topics: Young Adult Literature & the Community
EDCI 6710 Advanced Topics: Foundations of K-12 Integrated STEM Education
EDCI 6710 Advanced Topics: Citizen Science for K-12 Classrooms
EDCI 6710 Advanced Topics: Cultural Perspectives in Today’s Classrooms

Credential Coursework

Up to 12 units of select CSU Bakersfield multiple or single subject credential coursework or up to 9 units of approved multiple or single subject credential coursework from another institution may be applied toward program completion. No credential coursework can be older than 5 years at the beginning of the program and no older than 7 years at the completion of the program.


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