Master of Arts

http://www.pacific.edu/benerdsac
Location: 3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817

Programs Offered

Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership with concentrations in:

  • Organizational Innovation and Change

Master of Arts (MA) in Education with concentrations in:

  • Special Education

Admissions Requirement

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.65 or better in all postsecondary coursework or the
    last 60 units of college or post-baccalaureate work
  2. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  3. A complete application portfolio to Graduate Admissions, essay(s) following program guidelines; official transcripts from all college-level coursework including official verification of the awarding of degrees; and two completed references forms
  4. Faculty interview, if required.
  5. Evidence of qualities and character in keeping with the philosophy and standards of this University and Benerd College

Credentialing and Licensing

Credential programs may be combined with the master’s degree or the doctorate in education.  The MA in Education, Teaching concentration, or Special Education concentration, offers programs for earning a Multiple Subject, Single Subject, in selected content areas, and Education Specialist, Mild-Moderate; Moderate/Severe Disabilities credentials. The Counseling Psychology Concentration includes an optional track (beyond the 32 unit minimum) to become eligible for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). 

Pacific Undergraduate to Master's Pathway

Pacific undergraduates can complete up to 6 units of MA in Leadership coursework as part of a pathway degree program if the student has an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Successful completion of coursework will double count toward the undergraduate degree and graduate degree requirements; credits will not be applied to the graduate transcript until the requirements of the undergraduate degree are met.

Students in the undergraduate Organizational Leadership or Healthcare Administration and Leadership programs can transfer their leadership capstone into the master’s program. Students in other majors can complete up to two LEAD courses as an undergraduate, as part of elective coursework. See the “Program” tab for more information.

Master of Arts in Leadership

The Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership requires a minimum of 32 units, with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Students can take a LEAD 202 during their senior year at Pacific and transfer it into this program. The course can be counted toward both the master's and the bachelor's degree.

Students can take up to 6 units of the following courses as an undergraduate or prior to master’s enrollment, as part of Pacific Pathways: LEAD 200 (cross-listed with ORGL 199) or LEAD 202. Up to 6 units can be applied toward the master's, bachelor's, and applicable pre-degree certificates program in Benerd.

Unit Requirement: 32

1. Leadership Core

LEAD 200Exercising Leadership3

2. Inquiry Core

LEAD 210Leadership and Inquiry3

3. Capstone

Students will be required to complete a capstone experience, which includes an integrative portfolio and field experience. This experience is completed as part of one of the LEAD 296 courses:
Integrative Capstone in Innovative Leadership
Integrative Capstone for Social Impact

4. Core Area Concentrations

Students may elect to concentrate in one or more specific areas. To earn a concentration, students must fulfill the general requirements listed above and specific concentration requirements listed below. A single course may be used to fulfill requirements in two or more concentrations.

Organizational Innovation and Change
LEAD 255Design Thinking3
LEAD 256Change in Complex Systems3
LEAD 258Organizational Consulting3
LEAD 259Organizational Learning3

5. Remaining Units

Of the required 32 units, 23 units must be from Benerd College. Cohorts will have more prescriptive requirements.

Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts (MA) in Education requires a minimum of 32 units, of which 18 units must be in courses 200 or above and from the Benerd College, 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.

For students entering the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) track within the Counseling Psychology Concentration (see above), . EDUC 201 and EDUC 216 may be taken during the student's senior year at Pacific, which will be counted toward the master's and the bachelor's degree.

Unit Requirement: 32

I.  Theoretical Core:

Select one of the following:2-4
Education for a Diverse Democracy
Seminar: Social Class Effects in Education
Leading in Diverse Contexts
Teaching English Learners - Single Subject
Theories of Multicultural Family Therapy and Collaboration
Select one of the following:2-4
Curriculum Theory
Nature and Conditions of Learning
Teaching Assessment
Teaching in the Content Areas I
Organizational Learning
Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate and Mod/Severe Disabilities

II.  Field Experience and/or Research:

Select 4-6 units from the following:4-6
Research Course Options:
Techniques of Research
Statistical Thinking and Communication
Research in Second Language Acquisition
Teaching as Reflective Inquiry I
and Transformational Teaching & Learning
and Teaching as Reflective Inquiry III
Action Research
Integrative Capstone in Innovative Leadership
Program Evaluation
Other approved research courses
Field Experience Course Options:
Professional Practice
Professional Practice Music
Directed Teaching: Mild/Moderate
and Directed Teaching: Special Education (Mild/Moderate)
Directed Teaching: Moderate/Severe
Internship: Mild/Moderate
Internship: Moderate/Severe

Note:  1.) Students will not receive credit for EDUC 170 /EDUC 270 and EDUC 171/EDUC 271.  2.)  Students will not receive credit for SPED 198M/SPED 298M  and SPED 198S/SPED 298S.

III.  Capstone Experience

Students will be required to complete a capstone experience (e.g., oral exam, portfolio, thesis, action research project and/or written comprehensive exam).  The capstone experience will be determined within each concentration.  Some concentrations integrate the Field Experience and Capstone into a course (e.g. EDUC 296, EDUC 296T). Other concentrations have courses with integrative teacher research experiences, which fulfill the capstone requirement (e.g. EDUC 276, or SPED 295A). For students who do not elect not to earn a concentration, his or her advisor will select an appropriate capstone experience.

IV.  Concentration

Students may elect to concentrate in one or more specific areas.  In order to earn a concentration, students must fulfill the general requirements listed above as well as specific concentration requirements listed below.  A single course may be used to fulfill requirements in two or more concentrations, but the units will not count twice.

Core Area Concentrations

Special Education
Select 12 units of the following:12
SPED 266Building Family & Professional Partnerships3
SPED 224Assessment of Special Education Students3
SPED 228Advanced Programming for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 231Evidence Based Practices in Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 232Juvenile Biplor Disorder3
SPED 242MCurriculum and Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 242Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate and Mod/Severe Disabilities3
SPED 295ASeminar: Crucial Issues in Special Education3
SPED 295EPositive Behavioral Support in the Classroom3
SPED 298MDirected Teaching: Special Education (Mild/Moderate)1-10

Note:  1.) Specific courses are subject to change as per state requirements.  Students must meet all state requirements in order to earn a credential.  2.) Minimum of required 12 units with specific courses determined by state credential requirements and advisers' approval required.  Although the Master of Arts in Education requires a minimum of 12 units, credential programs may require additional units.  3.)  *If these courses were taken in the undergraduate program, then electives will be required as substitutions.

Program Purpose: To Develop Creative, Flexible, and Caring Leaders

  1. Lead in an ethical and socially responsible manner
  2. Utilize inquiry-based approaches to fostering change
  3. Identify, understand, and utilize cultural differences and perspectives of all stakeholders
  4. Develop and integrate a critically reflective lens on leadership development

Concentration-specific Outcomes

Develop skills to lead the development of people, performance, and organizations.