Graduate Programs in Education

Advance your school while advancing professionally.

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CSUDH's College of Education offers a range of excellent graduate programs for educators seeking to advance professionally, while leading our communities' schools to higher achievement. Reflecting areas of expertise most needed in today's diverse urban schools, our graduate programs blend theory and practice with specialized training in relevant and in-demand disciplines.

Tailored for the working professional, graduate programs offer flexible late afternoon and evening classes and may be completed full- or part-time.

MA in Education Options

The Division of Graduate Education offers several options of the MA in Education. Two of these programs (Counseling and the School Leadership Program) lead to advanced credentials as well as master's degrees. A new "custom"master's (Individualized Option) will begin in fall 2014. Some courses are offered online or in hybrid format; others meet once a week at 4 pm or 7 pm.

School Leadership Program / Administrative Services Credential

Formerly known as the Educational Administrative Option, the SLP program admits credentialed teachers with at least four years of full-time teaching experience. Students become part of a cohort, taking 13 units in fall and 13 units in spring to complete the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential requirements. Three more classes are needed for the master's. The SLP courses are offered in hybrid format (partially online), and students complete a field-based project (data-gathering in schools). Learn more.

Counseling Option/Pupil Personnel Services Counseling Credential

Counseling candidates pursuing an MA in Education with a Counseling Option build a solid foundation of skills, knowledge and experiences to advance in a career in a variety of counseling organizations, including two- and four-year colleges and universities, as well as public and private service agencies. With fieldwork, majors can earn the School Counseling Credential, required for service in PK-12 schools. Candidates develop a broad conceptual knowledge base in counseling while building specific counseling skills to achieve their career goals. Learn more.

Curriculum and Instruction Option

The 30-unit master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction prepares educators to develop and introduce innovative strategies, techniques and programs designed to improve student learning. Candidates develop the advanced knowledge and skills to design, implement and evaluate instructional programs that enhance classroom teaching, while also enhancing their value as educators. Learn more.

Individualized Option

A new option that begins in fall 2014 will offer a variety of course choices while focusing on four areas important to educators: learning theories and their practical applications, technology, teaching second language/special needs students, and curriculum development. Candidates choose 30 units (with the approval of an advisor) from among available courses in the College of Education (not including Counseling or School Leadership). Learn more.