Secondary Education

College of Education
Dean: Jacob Perea

Department of Secondary Education
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Chair: Nathan Avani

Graduate Coordinator: Judith Kysh

Middle/Junior High School Studies Coordinator: Judith Blomberg


Professors—Blomberg, Flores, Fox, O'Sullivan, Phillips, Roberts

Associate Professor—Cancino

Assistant Professors—Bloom, Cooks, Irvine, Kysh


M.A. in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education
Certificate in Middle School Studies

Program Scope

Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education. The Master of Arts is uniquely designed to provide experienced teachers with new perspectives and challenges that will result in practical pedagogic outcomes. The program affords teachers the opportunity to pursue special interests such as urban education, multi-cultural education, implications of social and technological change for teaching, adolescent values, middle school education, mathematics education, science education, and alternative education. One aim of this program is to improve educators' effectiveness as teachers, leaders, and educational scholars as well as to contribute to the knowledge base for teaching and learning.

Graduate study for this degree may be combined with programs leading to the Reading Specialist or Bilingual Specialist Credentials.

Students are urged to observe the general requirements in this Bulletin as well as the specific departmental requirements stated here and in the special bulletins available from the department upon request.

Certificate in Middle School Studies. The certificate identifies the holder as a specialist in middle level education and as a desirable candidate for teaching positions over a broad age range. Earning the certificate improves the qualifications of holders of other teaching credentials for teaching positions in middle level schools. The certificate program forms an acceptable area of emphasis within the M.A. in Elementary Education or Secondary Education and may be acceptable as a related field in other degree programs. (The completion of this certificate does not fulfill the requirements for teacher credentialing in the State of California.)

Career Outlook

Career possibilities for high school teachers are variable, with a particularly good outlook for mathematics and science teachers and for teachers who are bilingual in Spanish and/or one or more Asian languages.

Career possibilities for middle school teachers are excellent, particularly for those with specialized middle level training.


Admission to Program

The Master of Arts in Education: Secondary Education is open to all qualified teachers. All admittees must hold bachelor's degrees from accredited universities and hold at least preliminary teaching credentials. Entrance requirements include: a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted (compared to the university requirement of 2.5) and an interview by the graduate coordinator and/or other graduate advisers. Current department policies also allow a small number of students lacking the 3.0 GPA to be admitted conditionally, particularly applicants who have been identified as highly promising or particularly talented teachers.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: met by successfully demonstrating written competence in papers submitted in required course work. Level Two: satisfied by demonstration of English competency on the final project in S  ED 895 or in S ED 898.

On-line course descriptions are available.

Course Requirements Units
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
S ED 850 Advanced Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction in the Secondary School 3
S ED 895 Field Study or 3
  S ED 898   Master's Thesis
Electives in secondary education approved by graduate major adviser 9
Related or distributed field (selected upon approval of graduate major adviser) 12
  Minimum total 30


Coordinator—Judith Blomberg

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a valid California teaching credential or be currently enrolled in a credential program and must satisfy all requirements for post-baccalaureate admission to the university.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Before completing the certificate in middle level studies the candidate must demonstrate an appropriate level of writing competency. This may be done in one of two ways after faculty advisement: (1) examples of writing done during course work, or (2) by passing an individual or departmental examination.

Program Units
E ED/S ED 865 Seminar in Middle Level Education 3
E ED/S ED 866 The Early Adolescent in School 3
E ED/S ED 867 Curriculum of the Middle Level School 3
S ED 760 Advanced Field Practicum 3
  Total for certificate 12

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