Elementary Education

College of Education
Dean: Jacob Perea

Department of Elementary Education
BH 181
415-338-1562
Chair: Jane Bernard-Powers

Graduate Coordinators: Langbort, Henderson, Meier, Peregoy

Faculty

Professors—Bernard-Powers, Chew, Ellis, Gentile, Hamm, Huie, Hurtado, Langbort, Meyer, Peregoy, Sellers, Wambach

Associate Professors—Ford, Gallagher

Assistant Professors—Arce, Henderson, Meier, Quita, Sheets

Programs

M.A. in Education: Concentration in Early Childhood Education
M.A. in Education: Concentration in Elementary Education
M.A. in Education: Concentration in Language and Literacy Education
M.A. in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education


Program Scope

The programs are designed to deepen theoretical knowledge, to promote professional growth, and to increase the competency of elementary school teachers and early childhood educators. Courses include material that is of an immediate practical nature.

Career Outlook

The Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Early Childhood provides early childhood educators with advanced knowledge of research, theory, and practice in early childhood education. This degree provides early childhood educators with the skills and knowledge for leadership positions in early childhood settings as well as in the field as a whole. Courses taken for this program also satisfy the requirements for the Children's Center Instructional and Supervisory Permits.

The Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Elementary Education provides elementary school teachers with advanced knowledge of research, theory, and practice in the field of elementary education in general as well as within particular subject matter disciplines. This degree provides advanced preparation and professional development for teaching in elementary school as well as for assuming such leadership roles as mentor teachers, curriculum leaders, and staff developers.

The Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education provides elementary and middle school teachers with advanced knowledge of research, theory, and practice in the teaching and learning of school mathematics and expands their knowledge of mathematics content. Students will be eligible to apply for a supplementary authorization in mathematics for middle school teaching. This degree will also prepare teachers to assume leadership roles in their schools and districts.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION GRADUATE PROGRAMS

General Information

The following types of courses cannot be applied to any of the master's programs.

Some credential courses can be applied toward the master's degree. Graduate courses that fulfill the post-baccalaureate unit requirement for the professional clear credential may, upon advisement, fulfill master's degree requirements as well. Only upper division courses approved on advisement are acceptable for the master's degree.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: met by passing the Graduate Essay Test (GET). This test is administered by the university Testing Center at the beginning of each semester. Level Two: satisfied by demonstration of English competency on the final project in E ED 890, E ED 895, or the master's thesis in E ED 898.

Enrollment Requirement

Students are required to be enrolled in the university during the semester of anticipated graduation. If students have completed a semester of either E ED 895 (Field Study) or E ED 898 (Master's Thesis), they must enroll in EDUC 897, an Extended Learning course.

On-line course descriptions are available.

MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION: CONCENTRATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Admission to Program

Admission to the Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education is based upon:

  1. Possession of an elementary or early childhood teaching credential or the completion of a minimum of 18 units in professional course work relevant to early childhood education, including courses in child development and early childhood curriculum, and successful experience working with young children.
    or
  2. In the event the candidate has not met requirements in (1), above, he/she may meet with an Early Childhood Education adviser to evaluate his/her academic and professional background.
  3. Applicant must submit a written statement of purpose to the department graduate coordinator.
  4. Two letters of recommendation that address applicant's ability to pursue graduate-level work and provide evidence of successful experience with young children.
Program Units
E ED 700 Seminar in Physical, Social, and Emotional Development in Early Childhood Education 3
E ED 707 Seminar in Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Education 3
E ED 708 First and Second Language Development for Diverse Learners 3
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
E ED 801 Seminar in Development and Administration of Early Childhood Curricula 3
E ED 898 Master's Thesis or 3
  E ED 895   Field Study or
  E ED 890   Seminar on Research in Multiple Subject Classrooms
Related field (on advisement only) 9
  In Preschool Education, or
  In Kindergarten-Primary Education, or
  In Early Childhood Special Education, or
  In Administration in Early Childhood, or
  Courses in other fields related to or applicable to Early Childhood, 
    with consent of adviser, or
  Distributed across these fields
Electives on advisement from outside the related field 3
Minimum total 1 30

MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION: CONCENTRATION IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

Admission to Program

  1. Possession of an elementary teaching credential or completion of 24 semester units in professional course work directly related to elementary education. Applicants must submit a written statement of purpose to the department graduate coordinator plus two letters of recommendation that address (1) the applicant's ability to pursue graduate-level work and (2) successful experience in classroom teaching or related work.
  2. Students who are in the Multiple Subjects Credential program at San Francisco State University may apply to the M.A. program if they are in the student teaching phase of their work. A statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation are required.

Program

The M.A. in Education: Concentration in Elementary Education emphasizes five major strands that are germane to elementary education teaching/learning. These interrelated strands are as follows:

Opportunities are provided for students to specialize in an area of interest within elementary education.

The balance of the student's program focuses on a selected area of interest through enrollment in elective course work on advisement. All M.A. Graduate Approved Programs must initially have the approval of the department M.A. graduate committee. Not more than six (6) units taken before admission to the M.A. program are permitted to be included on the Graduate Approved Program.

Program Units
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
E ED 760 Seminar on Social Issues and Curriculum Development 3
One or more of the following: E ED 761, E ED 763, E ED 764, E ED 765, E ED 767 3
E ED 898 Master's Thesis or 3
  E ED 895   Field Study
  E ED 890   Seminar on Research in Multiple Subject Classrooms
Related or distributed field (at least 6 units must be in elementary education). All units must be selected upon approval of graduate major adviser. 18
Minimum total 30

NOTE: The following 12 units from the Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential program may be counted toward this degree: E ED 782, E ED 783, E ED 749, and one curriculum course (E ED 679, 681, 682, or 684).

MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION: CONCENTRATION IN LANGUAGE AND LITERACY EDUCATION

Admission to Program

Admission to the program is based upon the following requirements:

General Information

The Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Language and Literacy Education offers the option for an emphasis in either Early Literacy or Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development.

Core Courses Units
Select one of the following: 3
  E ED 725 Classroom Issues in Language, Literacy, and Culture 2  
  E ED 708 First and Second Language Development for Diverse Learners 3
  ISED 747 Culture, Language, and Society in Education 2
  E ED/
  ISED 749
Second Language Acquisition in the Elementary School 2 3
Select one of the following: 3
  E ED 705 Child Development Through Literature Study in the Elementary Classroom 3  
  EDUC 681 Teaching Reading and Literacy in Middle Level Education
  S ED 621 Teaching Reading in Every Class
  ISED 750 Language and Culture: Spanish/English Biliteracy
  ISED 780 Adult Literacy and Basic Education
E ED 770 Literacy Education Clinic I: Multidisciplinary Assessment of Reading and Language Problems 3 3
Select one of the following: 3
  E ED 763 Integrating Language, Literacy, and Technology in Elementary School Curriculum  
  E ED 760 Seminar on Social Issues and Curriculum Development
  S ED 850 Advanced Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction in the Secondary School
  S ED 811 Implications of Social and Technological Change for Teaching
  ISED 738 Critical and Postmodern Pedagogies
  ISED 748 Culture, Cognition, and Power Issues in Education
Classroom Applications
E ED 771 Literacy Education Clinic II: Multidisciplinary Assessment and Remediation of Language and Literacy Problems 3 3
Select one of the following: 3
  E ED 720 Research and Practice in Language and Literacy Education  
  S ED 722 Teaching Language and Literacy in Content Fields
  ISED 744 Seminar in Curriculum for Bilingual/Cross-cultural Education 2
  E ED 726 Teaching Process Writing in Elementary Classrooms 3
  E ED 869 Teaching Reading and Writing to Second Language Learners 2 3
Culminating Experience
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
E ED/S ED/
ISED 898
Master's Thesis or 3
  E ED/S ED/
  ISED 895
  Field Study
Minimum total 33

NOTE: For Department of Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies students, the culminating experience can be met by taking ISED 897, Advanced Seminar in Educational Research, and one additional graduate course and oral examination. Upon advisement, the candidate may substitute the additional course for one E ED required course.

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. Possession of an elementary teaching credential or completion of a minimum of 24 units in professional course work related to education.
  2. In the event the candidate has not met the requirements in (1) above, s/he may meet with a Mathematics Education adviser to evaluate his or her academic and professional background.
  3. Applicant must submit a written statement of purpose to the department graduate coordinator.
  4. Two letters of recommendation regarding the ability to pursue graduate- level work and successful experience with children.
Program Units
Mathematics Courses
MATH 565 Concepts of Geometry, Measurement, and Probability 3
MATH 575 Mathematics in the Middle School Classroom I 3
MATH 576 Mathematics in Middle Schools II 3
MATH 577 Mathematics in Middle Schools III 4
Education Courses
E ED 761 Elementary School Mathematics: Problem Solving 3
E ED 797 Special Topics in Elementary Education: Analyzing Cases of Mathematics Teaching 3
E ED 856 Assessing Mathematical Thinking 3
E ED 807 Leadership Development Seminar in Mathematics Education 3
Core Courses
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
E ED 898 Master's Thesis or 3
  E ED 895   Field Study or
  E ED 890   Seminar on Research in Multiple Subject Classrooms
Minimum total 31


Footnotes

  1. Students may be required to complete up to an additional four (4) units if prior courses and/or experiences have not adequately met the comparable course requirements of E ED 803, Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (2), and E ED 805, Seminar for Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education (2).
  2. To be taken for emphasis in Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development.
  3. To be taken for emphasis in Early Literacy.


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