Secondary Education

College of Education
Dean: Jacob Perea

Department of Secondary Education
BH 41
415-338-1201/1202
Chair: Nathan Avani

Graduate Coordinator: Jamal Cooks
Middle/Junior High School Studies Coordinator: Nathan Avani

Faculty

Professors—Avani, Blomberg, Flores, Fox, Phillips

Associate Professors—Cancino, Cooks, Irvine, Kysh, Watanabe

Assistant Professors—Bloom, Fan, Horvath

Lecturers—Adisa-Thomas, Allender, Bender, Danel, Fischer-Kohn, Kell, Lee

Programs

M.A. in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education
M.A. in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education


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. The 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.

Career Outlook

Career possibilities for middle and 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

MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION: CONCENTRATION IN SECONDARY EDUCATION

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:

Admission to the MA in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education program is a two-step 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 www.sfsu.edu/~grad stdy/.
  2. Apply to 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 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.)

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Core Courses Units
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
S ED 850
    or
S ED 865
Research Seminar: Critical Issues in Secondary Education
 
Research Seminar: Critical Issues in Middle Level Education
3
S ED 895
    or
S ED 898
Field Study
 
Master's Thesis
3
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 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 twelve 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.

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 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.

Admission to the graduate program is a two-step 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 www.sfsu.edu/~grad stdy/.
  2. Complete a department application which includes a written statement of purpose. Include 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
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
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


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