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Master of Education
Location: Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Degree Programs

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (MEd)

  • with a Single, Multiple and/or Educational Specialist (mild/moderate) or (moderate/severe) Disabilities, Preliminary Credential

Credentials Offered

Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential
Preliminary Single Subject Credential in the following areas:

  • Art,  Biology, Chemistry, English, Geosciences, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Sciences, Spanish, and Music.
  • Educational Specialist (mild/moderate)  – Preliminary  
  • Educational Specialist (moderate/severe) – Preliminary  

Admissions Requirement

  1. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the last 60 units of college or post-baccalaureate work.
  2. An appropriate degree from an accredited university (Bachelor’s for admission to master’s programs).
  3. A completed application portfolio to the Graduate School, an essay following departmental guidelines; official transcripts from all college-level coursework including official verification of the awarding of degrees; and three recommendations attesting to the candidate’s ability to undertake post-baccalaureate studies.
  4. Departmental interviews, if requested.
  5. Evidence of qualities and character in keeping with the philosophy and standards of this University and the School of Education.

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Education requires a minimum of 35 units, of which 18 units must be in courses 200 or above and from the Benerd School of Education, with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.0.  Based upon state and federal laws, additional units and requirements may be necessary for those students electing to earn a credential, certification or license along with the graduate degree (e.g., teaching credential, and administration credential).  Students interested in earning a credential, certification or license should work closely with their advisor and the credential staff.  The requirements of some concentration options may also be guided by external standards that direct completion of specified courses and achievement of specific learning outcomes.

I. Teacher Education Courses: Multiple Subject

EDUC 130Technology Enhanced Learning Environments2
EDUC 140Transformational Teaching and Learning4
EDUC 141Transformational Teaching and Learning Practicum2
Multiple Subject and Education Specialist candidates take:
Teaching and Assessment
Education Specialist Candidates, in addition take:
SPED 123The Exceptional Child3
SPED 166Building Family-Professional Partnerships3

II. Professional Courses

Complete one of the following groups:

Group A) Multiple Subject Candidates
EDUC 153Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics4
EDUC 161Literacy Development (Multiple Subject)4
EDUC 163Teaching English Learners4
Select one of the following:
Productive Learning Environments for Diverse Classrooms
Positive Behavioral Support in the Classroom **
Group B) Single Subject Candidates
EDUC 166Teaching English Learners, Single Subject3
EDUC 254Productive Learning Environments for Diverse Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 255Teaching in the Content Areas I3
EDUC 256Content and Disciplinary Literacy Development in Secondary Schools3
EDUC 265Teaching in the Content Areas II2
EDUC 275Teaching in Content Areas III3
Group C) Single Subject Music Education Candidates *
MEDU 114Music in Elementary School2
MEDU 115Music Experiences, K-62
MEDU 116Music in Secondary School2
MEDU 117Music Experiences, 7-122
Group D) Education Specialist, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Preliminary Candidates
EDUC 161Literacy Development (Multiple Subject)4
EDUC 166Teaching English Learners, Single Subject3
SPED 224Assessment of Special Education Students3
SPED 228MAdvanced Programming for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 231Evidence Based Practices in Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 242MCurriculum and Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 295EPositive Behavioral Support in the Classroom3
Group E) Education Specialist, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, Preliminary Candidates
EDUC 161Literacy Development (Multiple Subject)4
EDUC 166Teaching English Learners, Single Subject3
SPED 224Assessment of Special Education Students3
SPED 228SAdvanced Programming for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities3
SPED 231Evidence Based Practices in Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 242SCurriculum and Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 295EPositive Behavioral Support in the Classroom3

 N.B. These titles, units, and the order of courses for the Single Subject SB 2042 program are subject to change.

III. Professional Practice (Student Teaching or Internship)

Complete one of the following groups:

Group A) Multiple and Single Subject Candidates
EDUC 172Professional Practice Seminar **2-10
EDUC 270Professional Practice *1-10
EDUC 271Professional Practice Music2-10
SPED 125XTeaching Exceptional Learners2
Group B) Education Specialist Credentials ***
SPED 298MDirected Teaching: Special Education (Mild/Moderate)1-10
SPED 298SDirected Teaching: Special Education (Moderate/Severe)1-10
SPED 298IMInternship: Mild/Moderate5-10
SPED 298ISInternship: Moderate/Severe5-10
  1.  Internship requires a teaching contract and Memorandum of Understanding for the Teacher Education Program and the Employer.
  2. The Single Subject Program for Music, the Department of Music Education's chair assists in the Single Subject Program in Music Education with internship placements.  Some students in Music Education take a portion of Directed Teaching in Summer Session I by enrolling in Video-Micro Rehearsal so that Directed Teaching credits are divided over three grading periods.

EDUC 270 and EDUC 172 or EDUC 271 and EDUC 172 normally total 12 units.


 An approved Internship is an option for Directed Teaching for the Education Specialist Credentials.  To be approved for Internship, a student must have a bachelor's degree and meet all program requirements for an Internship.  Normally, candidates enroll in two semesters of five units each.  On a case by case basis, candidates may be approved to begin an internship while they take professional methods courses after successful completion of CTC approved pre-internship requirements.

IV. Additional Graduate Level Courses

Multiple Subject and Single Subject Candidates

A minimum of 9 units at the 200 level, including:

Multiple Subject
EDUC 201Techniques of Research3
Select one of the following Theory and Practice courses:3
Curriculum Theory
Instructional Strategies and Classroom Process
Supervision of Instruction
Seminar: Middle School Curriculum
Seminar: Secondary Curriculum
Seminar: Elementary Curriculum
Electives - Minimum 3 units at the 200 level EDUC or SPED courses to complete a minimum of 18 units at the 200 level and to satisfy a minimum of 35 units.3
Single Subject
EDUC 246Teaching as Reflective Inquiry I2
EDUC 266Teaching as Reflective Inquiry II2
EDUC 267Understanding Adolescents in School Contexts3
EDUC 276Teaching as Reflective Inquiry III3

Education Specialist Candidates

EDUC 201Techniques of Research3
SPED 295ASeminar: Crucial Issues in Special Education3

Note:  Students may not double count the unit value of credential courses taken as an undergraduate to complete a bachelor's degree in the 35 unit count for the Master of Education Degree.

V. Successful passage of an one hour oral examination

VI. California Requirements for a Teaching Credential must be met to qualify for a credential

These include:

  1. Successful completion of the State Certificate of Clearance (Fingerprint review for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing)
  2. Clearance of TB test (within past four years)
  3. Clearance of fingerprints for the program’s credential office
  4. Passage of the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) or appropriate writing subtest on CSET-MS examination
  5. Passage of the appropriate California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)
  6. Completion of United States Constitution Requirement
  7. Passage of the Reading Instruction Competency Assessment (RICA) for Multiple Subject or Education Specialist Credentials
  8. Successful Passage of a Teaching Performance Assessment (PACT Teaching Event)
  9. Passage of all Program Assessments and Program Transition Phases that include the following:
    1. Entry level GPA requirements (3.0 or higher); recommendations; essay
    2. Advancement to Credential Candidacy (essay; interview; recommendations)
    3. Embedded Signature Assignments and PACT Teaching Event
    4. Content Area Assessments
    5. Advancement to Professional Practice (Student Teaching or Internship)
    6. Approval of Teaching Performance Expectations
    7. Minimum GPA of 3.0, with no credential specific course grade below 2.0 (“C”)
    8. Exit from the Program Assessments
  10. CPR Infant, Child and Adult Certification
  11. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

(N.B. Requirements are subject to change as credential requirements change to satisfy California licensure requirements.)