The Master of Arts degree in Education, Option in Secondary Teaching, provides educators with the opportunity to develop of their pedagogical skills and knowledge, build capacity for collaboration in educational contexts, access and value knowledge from multiple sources, all grounded in the pursuit of equity. This program has two objectives: the Master of Arts degree and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential. This option satisfies the requirements for both the Master’s of Education degree and for a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in an approved subject area. The Single Subject Credential is issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The secondary education programs include courses appropriate for pre-service teacher preparation in middle schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools. This option requires a minimum of 73-75 units (which includes 45-47 units towards the credential).
Admission to the Program
In addition to university requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must have:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university,
- A 2.75 or higher grade point average in their last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units attempted,
- Attempted the basic skills requirement (e.g., CBEST),
- Completed a CTC-approved subject matter program by subject-area department or received a passing score on all required sections of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET),
- GE Oral Communications (3) or Speech Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (1) or an acceptable alternative by petition, and
- Completed the Writing Proficiency Exam (0) or an acceptable alternative by petition or a score of 41 or higher on the writing portion of the CBEST.
Single Subject Credential (Secondary Teaching)
The teaching credential with authorization in Single Subject Instruction qualifies holders to teach in their authorized field at any grade level, preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 through 12, or in classes organized primarily for adults. California State University Los Angeles is authorized by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to prepare students for Single Subject Teaching credentials in the following subject matters:
- Industrial Arts and Technology Education
- Languages Other Than English
- Physical Education
- Science (Biology, Chemistry, Foundational, Geo Science, or Physics)
- Social Science
Post-baccalaureate students who would like to earn a Single Subject Teaching credential in one of the above fields should read the information below and contact the Charter College of Education Office for Student Services in King Hall D2078 for advice.
Requirements for a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential
In order for the university to recommend students to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for a preliminary Single Subject Teaching credential, the following requirements must be completed or passed:
- A Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited college or university.
- Basic skills requirement, e.g., passing score on CBEST (all sections).
- A CTC-approved subject matter program by subject area department or a passing score on all required sections of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).
- GE Oral Communication, OR the writing proficiency examination (WPE), or acceptable alternative by petition
- U.S. Constitution requirement or equivalent
- The Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA)
- PH 2010 Medical Emergencies Management (3) or a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card (infant, child, and adult)
- The professional education courses listed below with a grade of “B-” or better.
Professional Education Courses (45-47 Units)
Introductory Block (Must be completed before Developmental Block) (15 units) Common Courses (15 units)
EDCI 4000 - Transformative Teaching in Diverse Urban Classrooms (0)
EDFN 4130 - Introduction to Psychological Foundations of Education (2)
EDFN 4200 - Educational Foundations: Diversity and Equity in Urban Schools (2)
EDSE 5490 - Contextual Fieldwork Laboratory for Transforming Urban Schools 3
EDSE 5000 - Transformative Classroom Instruction and Management 3
EDSP 4000 - Foundations of Special Education 3
Developmental Block (Must be completed before Instructional Block) (9-13 units) Common Courses (7 units)
EDSE 5101 - Research on Characteristics and Needs of Urban Secondary Schools, Families, and Students 3
EDSE 4301 - Supporting Academic Language Development for English Learners 3
EDSE 4501 - Language and Literacy in Context 3
Traditional Pathway (2 units)
Residency Pathway (6 units)
EDSE 4481 - Instructional Fieldwork Laboratory for Urban Schools II (1)
EDSE 4455 - Directed Teaching in a Residency Program (6)
EDSE 4491 - Contextual Fieldwork Laboratory for Transforming Urban Schools II (1)
Instructional Block (Must be completed before Application Block) (13-17 units) Common Courses (11 units)
EDSE 5002 - Advanced Secondary Instructional & Management Strategies (1)
EDSE 4212 - varies according to subject matter area for the Single Subject Credential being pursued. EDSE 4212C, 4212G, 4212H, 4212I, 4212L, 4212M, 4212N, 4212P, 4212R, 4212S, 4212U
EDCI 4292 - 21st Century Assessment Strategies and Processes (3)
EDSE 4502 - Understanding Academic Language Development (3)
Traditional Pathway (2 units)
Residency Pathway (6 units)
EDSE 4482 - Instructional Fieldwork Laboratory for Urban Schools III (1)
EDSE 4455 - Directed Teaching in a Residency Program (1)
EDSE 4492 - Contextual Fieldwork Laboratory for Transforming Urban Schools III (1)
Application Block (10 units - Traditional Pathway Only)
EDSE 4453 - Directed Teaching in Secondary Schools (1) (for 7 units)
EDSE 4463 - Proseminar: Assessment of Teaching Performance (1)
Traditional Pathway (47 units)
Residency Pathway (45 units)
Holders of a Single Subject Teaching Credential issued by the state of California may add a supplemental authorization to teach in another discipline by completing additional course work. Interested students should consult the Charter College of Education Office for Student Services in King Hall D2078 for further information.
Requirements for the Degree (73-75 units)
A total of 73 to 75 units are required, with a minimum of 50% of units taken at the 5000-level, including 45-47 units in the secondary teaching credential (note that courses required for the teaching credential as indicated above are also required for the degree). Student teaching is required for 7 units in the Traditional Pathway or 12 units in the Residency Pathway. A comprehensive examination or thesis/project is required for 0 or 4 units respectively.
Required Core Courses (12 units)
Required Secondary Teaching M.A. Courses (16 units)
Comprehensive Examination or Thesis or Project (0, 4 units)
Students should expect to take the Comprehensive Examination (EDCI 5960) during the Fall or Spring semester after they complete all coursework on their program and must comply with college and division requirements.
*Students who do a thesis are required to obtain advisor approval.
**May be repeated once for credit.