Elementary Education


College of Education
Dean: Jacob Perea

Department of Elementary Education
BH 131
415-338-1562
Chair: Carol Langbort

Graduate Coordinators: Marshall, Peregoy

Faculty

Professors--Chew, Ellis, Gentile, Hamm, Langbort, Marshall, Peregoy, Sellers

Associate Professors--Bernard-Powers, Gallagher, Gonzalez-Edfelt, Hurtado, Meyer, Wambach

Assistant Professor--Ford

Programs

M.A. in Education: Concentration in Early Childhood Education

M.A. in Education: Concentration in Elementary Education

M.A. in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education

Program Scope

The programs are designed 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 as well as theory and research.

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. Those students interested in obtaining a supplementary authorization in mathematics for middle school teaching will need one additional upper division unit in mathematics. 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 either of the master's programs.

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 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.

Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (consult Index for page reference).

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, s/he 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 regarding the ability to pursue graduate level work and successful experience with young children. For general information for all Elementary Education graduate students, see Elementary Education Graduate Programs above.

Units

Program

E ED 700	Seminar in Physical, Social, and 
Emotional Development in Early
Childhood Education 3
E ED 707	Seminar in Cognitive Develop-
ment in Early Childhood Education 3
E ED 708	Seminar in Language Develop-
ment in Early Childhood Education 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
E ED 895	Field Study		3
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 applic-
able to Early Childhood, with consent of
adviser, or
Distributed across these fields
Electives on advisement from outside the 
related field				3
Minimum total35			30

MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION: CONCENTRATION IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

Admission to Program

1. The student must possess an elementary teaching credential or have completed a minimum of 24 semester units in professional course work directly relevant to elementary education.
2. Applicant must submit a written statement of purpose to the department graduate coordinator.
3. Two letters of recommendation regarding the ability to pursue graduate level work and successful experience with children. For general information for all Elementary Education graduate students, see Elementary Education Graduate Programs above.

Program

The M.A. in Education: Concentration in Elementary Education emphasizes five major strands that are initially developed on a generic level through E ED 760 and then addressed more specifically in a selected content area curriculum course. These interrelated strands are as follows:

Opportunities are provided for students to gain depth 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.

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:		3
E ED 761, E ED 763, E ED 764, E ED 765, 
E ED 767
E ED 898	Master's Thesis or
E ED 895	Field Study		3
Related or distributed field (at least six units 
must be in elementary education). All
units must be selected upon approval of

graduate major adviser		18
Minimum total		30

MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION: CONCENTRATION IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

Admission to Program

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

1. Possession of an elementary teaching credential or having completed 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 560	Computers and Elementary Mathe-
matics 3
MATH 569	Mathematical Investigations: Dissec-
tion and Integration of Topics 3
MATH 650	Curriculum and Instruction in 
Mathematics 3
MATH 565	Concepts of Geometry, Measure-
ment, and Probability or
MATH 567	Problem Solving and Discovery in 
Mathematics 3

Education Courses

E ED 761	Elementary School Mathematics: 
Problem Solving 3
E ED 797	Special Topic in Elementary Educa-
tion: Hands-On Mathematics 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

E ED 895	Field Study		3
Minimum total		30


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