2017-2018 Catalog

Graduate Education

Master of Education Program Learning Outcomes

College of Education 

Division of Graduate Education

Master of Arts - Education

School Leadership Program Option

Reading Option

Individualized Program Option

Multicultural Option

Technology Based Education Option

Physical Education Administration Option

(for major requirements, refer to the Kinesiology section in this catalog)


Administrative Services




Higher Education Administration and Leadership

Technology Based Education


Anthony Normore, Department Chair

Janna Bersi, Ann Chlebicki, Farah Fisher, Leena Furtado, Antonia Issa-Lahera, Adriean Mancillas, Alice Terry Richardson

Department Office: COE 1410, (310) 243-3524

Emeriti Faculty

Charmayne Bohman, Edith Buchanan, Muriel P. Carrison, James L. Cooper, Peter Desberg, Jitsu Furusawa, Marjorie Holden, Judith Jackson, Rita Lee, Suzanne Medina, Sean R. Morgan, Karlton Skinrud, Judson H. Taylor, George Walker

Program Description

The Graduate Education Program is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of the basic foundations and theories of education as well as advanced training in specific fields. The curriculum objectives seek to promote a blending of theory and practice to assist students who seek advancement within their chosen field in education, public service or private industry.
The comprehensive program at CSU Dominguez Hills includes Master of Arts degree, Credential Programs and Certificate programs. In two instances, master's programs and credential programs may be combined.


The Graduate Education curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the full-time working professional by offering a full program of courses in the late afternoon and evening. Courses are offered so that degree requirements may be completed on a part-time basis over a period of two - four years. Each student works closely with an advisor to plan a program that meets the individual needs of the student. The urban location of the University provides a unique opportunity for working with a diverse cultural and ethnic population both in classes and in field experiences.

Academic Advisement

Students will work with an advisor when they are admitted to the Graduate Education Department for a specific program (master's degree, credential, or certificate). Students who are uncertain about which program best meets their professional goals may meet with the department chairperson to discuss the range of options.
The student must confer with the advisor each semester prior to registration to insure that the student is taking the appropriate course work in the proper sequence.

Requirements for Admission to the Graduate Programs in Education

Admission as a classified graduate student in Education requires:

  • Admission to the University.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Exception: The Physical Education Administration option requires a baccalaureate degree in Physical Education/Kinesiology.
  • A minimum of 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units of upper division course work attempted or a Miller's Analogies Test (MAT) score of 400 or above in lieu of the 3.0 GPA.
  • A separate application available at http://www4.csudh.edu/coe/forms/index with a copy of each transcript for the specific program to the College of Education Student Services Center.
  • Three letters of recommendations from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's potential for graduate study. Exception: School Leadership Program Option requires two letters of recommendation with one being from the applicant's site supervisor, the principal, or designee.
  • Completion of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) within the first semester.  (MA only)
  • The School Leadership Program Option requires a typed two-three page Statement of Purpose as part of the application packet.

Admission Procedures

Students applying to the School Leadership Program should apply by June 5.  Dates are subject to change.
All prospective graduate students, including CSU Dominguez Hills graduates, must file the following with the CSU Dominguez Hills Admissions Office:
  1. An application for graduate admission to the university.
  2. Two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended other than CSU Dominguez Hills.
  3. A separate application available at http://www4.csudh.edu/coe/forms/index with a copy of each transcript for the specific program to the College of Education Student Services Center.
A decision regarding admission will be made upon completion of university and program admission requirements.

Classified Standing

Students who satisfy all the requirements of program admission will be admitted with Classified Standing. Students accepted with Conditional Standing will have a semester to meet the conditions for Classified Standing. Upon completion of specified conditions, students must request that a Postbaccalaureate/Graduate Change of Objective form be filed by their advisor on their behalf.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts Degrees in Education require completion of 30 units or more of course work with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.  A minimum of 21 semester units must be completed in residence. Courses taken previously may be used to meet the course content requirements of a graduate program if they have been completed within the seven years immediately preceding the completion of the requirements for the degree. However, no courses may apply toward the required number of units of approved graduate work that have been used to meet the requirements of another degree.
Students may take up to seven years to complete the course work, including the thesis or exams. Course work that does not meet the seven-year deadline will have to be repeated and/or replaced by other courses with the approval of the program advisor.
A Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement must be met by all students prior to classified standing. This requirement can be met on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus by attaining a passing score of "8" on the GWE or with a passing grade of at least a "B" in one of the certified courses on this campus. Education students typically take English 350 to meet this requirement.
In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master's degree. Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled "Requirements for the Master's Degree."

Completion of Degree

Prior to the completion of 21 semester units (including core courses) the graduate student must select one of the following alternatives unless otherwise specified:

Alternative I: Course work and Thesis (30 or more units)

  1. Complete approved program with a minimum of 24 units of course work with at least a B (3.0) average (including core courses).
  2. Complete approved thesis or creative project (3 to 6 units). See advisor for thesis preparation guidelines. Students must have the approval of a faculty thesis advisor prior to enrolling for thesis credit.

Alternative II: Course work and Examinations (30 or more units)

  1. Complete an approved program of 30 units of course work with at least a "B" (3.0) average (including core courses).
  2. Pass a comprehensive written examination. After completion of all course work or during the last semester of course work, the M.A. degree candidate may apply to take the comprehensive examination. There is only one retake opportunity.