Secondary Education  {SF State Bulletin 2013 - 2014}

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Secondary Education

Graduate College of Education

Interim Dean: Elizabeth Kean

 

Department of Secondary Education

BH 41
415-338-1201/1202
Chair: Nathan Avani
Graduate Coordinator, Concentration in Secondary Education: Nathan Avani
Graduate Coordinator, Concentration in Mathematics Education: Judith Kysh

 

Faculty

Professors: Avani, Kysh
Associate Professors: Cancino, Cooks, Fan, Watanabe
Assistant Professors: Baines, Bloom, Horvath
Lecturers: Adisa-Thomas, Allender, Bender, Kell, Lee

 

Programs

M.A. in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education

M.A. in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education

 


 

Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education

The purpose of this Master of Arts program with a concentration in Secondary Education is to support beginning teachers in developing and reflecting on their practice in relation to recent and continuing research on teaching and learning in their subject areas.

 

Admission to Program

The Master of Arts in education, concentration in secondary education is open to qualified secondary teachers. All applicants must hold bachelor's degrees from accredited universities. Additional entrance requirements include:

  • A 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate degree or last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted, including credential courses.
  • A valid preliminary or clear single subject teaching credential.
  • Evidence of employment as a full or part time teacher or evidence of permission to work on a regular basis within a school setting through a volunteer program or other agreement.
  • Evidence of written English proficiency.
  • An interview with the graduate coordinator and/or other graduate advisors.

 

Admission to the MA in Education, concentration in secondary education program is a two-part process that should be completed simultaneously:

  1. Apply to San Francisco State University: Complete the on-line CSU Mentor application. Follow all other requirements for admission to the University by accessing: http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/main-domestic.htm.
  2. Apply to the Department of Secondary Education by submitting a written statement of about 750 words describing your goals in pursuing the degree and your readiness for the program based on your academic and professional experience.

 

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Written English proficiency will be assessed based on the Personal Statement, submitted to the department as part of the application.

 

Students admitted conditionally or not meeting the written English proficiency standards must demonstrate that they have met the Level One written English proficiency requirement by completing the literature review assignment and S ED 850 with a grade of B or better prior to enrolling in S ED 895 or S ED 898.

 

Level Two: Writing proficiency will be assessed based on the quality of the Field Study Report or Thesis submitted as the culminating experience for, S ED 895 or S ED 898. All students in the program must complete an 895 or 898 project.

 

Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education

Course Title Units
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
S ED 850 Research Seminar: Critical Issues in Secondary Education 3
S ED 895
    or
S ED 898
Field Study
 
Master’s Thesis
3

Electives in secondary education approved by graduate major advisor: 9 - 21 units

Related or distributed field (selected on approval of graduate major advisor): 6 - 12 units

Minimum Total: 30 units

 

Culminating Experience

Early in the semester prior to enrollment in either S ED 895 or S ED 898, the student must submit the Advancement to Candidacy (ATC), the Proposal for Culminating Experience, and the Human Subjects Protocol forms. Enrollment in these courses is contingent upon approval.

 

Courses Taken in the Single Subject Credential Program

Up to 12 units of course work in secondary education completed to satisfy the requirements of the Single Subject Credential program may be used to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts, as long as they were taken within the seven-year time limit for the master's degree. Credential courses that may be counted as electives or as "related or distributed field" courses include S ED 701, 720, 759, 769, 790, 800. Student teaching (S ED 640, 660) and the associated seminars (S ED 751, 752), may not be counted. Curriculum and instruction courses taken in other departments may be counted.

 

Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education

Admission to Program

Admission to the Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education is based upon:

  1. GPA of 3.0 in the undergraduate degree or last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted to include credential courses.
  2. Possession of a single subject teaching credential.
  3. At least two years experience teaching mathematics in a secondary classroom.
  4. Evidence of written English proficiency.
  5. An interview with the graduate coordinator and/or other graduate advisors.

In the event the candidate has not met the requirements above, he/she may meet with a mathematics education advisor to evaluate his or her academic and professional background.

 

Admission to the graduate program is a two-part process that should be completed simultaneously:

  1. Apply to San Francisco State University: Complete the on-line CSU Mentor application. Follow all other requirements for admission to the University by accessing http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/main-domestic.htm.
  2. Complete a department application which includes two letters of recommendation regarding the ability to pursue graduate-level work and successful experience teaching adolescents, and a written statement of purpose of about 750 words, which explains your goals for pursuing the degree, and your readiness for the program based on your academic and professional preparation and disposition as a student.

 

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Written English Proficiency will be assessed based on the Personal Statement, submitted to the department as part of the application.

 

Students admitted conditionally or not meeting stated written English proficiency standards must meet Level One written English proficiency by completing the literature review assignment and S ED 761 with a grade of B or better by the end of their second semester of enrollment in the program and prior to advancing to level two.

 

Level Two: Writing proficiency will be assessed based on the quality of the Field Study Report or Thesis submitted as the Culminating Experience, E ED/S ED 895 or E ED/S ED 898. All students in the program must complete an 895 or 898 project.

 

Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education

Mathematics Courses

Units selected from upper division or graduate mathematics courses with advisor approval. The following, or similar, courses are recommended: 12 units

Course Title
MATH 300 GW History of Mathematics - GWAR
MATH 301 GW Exploration and Proof - GWAR
MATH 324 Probability and Statistics
MATH 325 Linear Algebra
MATH 350 Geometry
MATH 475 Capstone Course for Teaching Emphasis
MATH 575 Mathematics in the Middle School Classroom I
MATH 576 Mathematics in Middle Schools II
MATH 577 Mathematics in Middle Schools III (4)
MATH 578 Mathematics in the High School

Education Courses

Course Title Units
S ED 761 School Mathematics: Problem Solving 3
S ED 796 Analyzing Cases of Mathematics Teaching 3
S ED 856 Assessing Mathematical Thinking 3
S ED 807 Leadership Development Seminar in Mathematics Education 3

Core Courses

Course Title Units
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
S ED 895 Field Study 3

Minimum total: 30 units

 

Culminating Experience

Early in the semester prior to enrollment in either S ED 895 or S ED 898, the student must submit the Advancement to Candidacy (ATC), the Proposal for Culminating Experience, and the Human Subjects Protocol forms. Enrollment in these courses is contingent upon approval.

 

 

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