Secondary Education

College of Education
Dean: Jacob Perea

Department of Secondary Education
BH 41
Chair: Nathan Avani

Graduate Coordinator: Jamal Cooks
Middle/Junior High School Studies Coordinator: Judith Blomberg


Professors—Avani, Blomberg, Flores, Fox, Phillips

Associate Professors—Cancino, Irvine, Kysh

Assistant Professors—Bloom, Cooks, Fan, Watanabe


M.A. in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education
M.A. in Education: Concentration in Mathematics 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 the study of teaching and learning in their subject area and 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 and 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.

Flexibility in the selection of courses from secondary education and related fields allows for a wide range of individual interests. The program offers each candidate a thorough grounding in responsive education that is sensitive to the needs of the working professional. Evening and summer courses are offered.

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 applicants must hold bachelor's degrees from accredited universities. Additional entrance requirements include:

Applications must be submitted to both Graduate Studies and the Department of Secondary Education.

A limited number of students not meeting the 3.0 GPA may be admitted conditionally, particularly applicants who have been identified as highly promising or particularly talented teachers.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: must be met before enrolling in S ED 850; met by passing the Graduate Essay Test (GET) or the writing component of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Level Two: satisfied by successfully completing the master’s field study (S ED 895) or thesis (S ED 898.)

On-line course descriptions are available.

Core Courses Units
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
S ED 850 Research Seminar: Critical Issues in Secondary Education or 3
S ED 865 Research Seminar: Critical Issues in Middle Level Education
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 on approval of graduate major adviser) 12
Minimum total 30

Culminating Experience

Early in the semester prior to enrollment in either S ED 895 or S ED 898, the student must submit his/her Graduate Approved Program (GAP), the Proposal for Culminating Experience, and the Human Subjects Approval forms. Enrollment in these courses is contingent upon approval.

Courses Taken in the Single Subject Credential Program

Up to fifteen 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, 778, 780, 781, 785, 790, 800. Student teaching and the associated seminars, S ED 710, 751, 752, may not be counted. Curriculum and instruction courses taken in other departments may be counted.


Admission to Program

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

  1. Possession of a single subject teaching credential.
  2. At least two years experience teaching mathematics in a secondary classroom.
  3. In the event the candidate has not met the requirements in (1) or (2) above, he/she may meet with a mathematics education adviser to evaluate his or her academic and professional background.
  4. Applicant must complete a program application, which includes a written statement of purpose.
  5. Two letters of recommendation regarding the ability to pursue graduate-level work and successful experience teaching adolescents.
Program Units
Mathematics Courses
Units selected from upper division or graduate mathematics courses with adviser approval. The following, or similar, courses are recommended: 12
MATH 300 History of Mathematics  
MATH 301 Exploration and Proof (4)
MATH 324 Probability and Statistics
MATH 325 Linear Algebra
MATH 350 Geometry
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
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
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
S ED 895 Field Study 3
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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