2017-2018 Catalog

Teacher Education

College of Education                    

Division of Teacher Education

Master of Arts- Education

Curriculum and Instruction Option

Curriculum and Instruction Option:
    Science Education Emphasis

Basic Credential Programs

Multiple Subject Credentials

     Student Teaching Option

     University Intern Option

Single Subject Credentials

     Student Teaching Option

     University Intern Option

     University Intern Option with Urban Teacher Residency

Single Subject Credential

     Transition to Teaching Online Program

Designated Subject - Adult Education

Professional Clear Adult Education Teaching Credential

Language Authorizations

English Language Authorization

     Included within all Multiple and Single Subject Credentials

Bilingual Authorization- Spanish

Clear Credential Programs

Multiple Subject and Single Subject

Faculty

Deandrea Nelson, Chair and Program Coordinator of MA in Education

Teacher Education, Multiple and Single Subject Programs

Kamal Hamdan, Lisa Hutton, Saili Kulkarni, Deandrea Nelson, Irene Osisioma, Elexia Reyes McGovern, Jeffrey Sapp, Lilia Sarmiento, Kimberly Trimble

Department Office: COE 1401, (310) 243-3496

Emeriti Faculty

Jill Aguilar, Ingeborg Assmann, Joseph Braun, John A. Brownell, James Cantor, Joel Colbert, Lenora Cook, Jamie Dote-Kwan, Peter D. Ellis, Suzanne Gemmell, Richard Gordon, Dru Ann Gutierrez, Diane Hembacher, Susan Johnston, Mimi Kalland-Warshaw, Shirley Lal, Ruth Larson, Nada Mach, Cynthia McDermott-LaCorte, John McGowan, Sean Morgan, Priscilla Porter, R.H. Ringis, Sue Schaar-Fellwock, Kathleen Taira, Karl Skinrud, Mimi Warshaw, Diana Wolff

Program Description

Master of Arts in Education

The MA program prepares candidates to assume advanced roles in the field of education. The coursework provides a broad conception of curriculum design, development, and instruction supported with evidence-based best practices. Students develop and engage in real-time intervention studies to demonstrate critical thinking and research writing skills.  The program consists of a core of advanced coursework, electives, and a culminating experience (thesis or comprehensive exam) that support advance study in the field of education. There are 31 units of course work with a minimum of 21 semester units completed in residence. Candidates who apply to both the Master of Arts Degree and Multiple Subject or Single Subject Credential must adhere to the requirements for both programs (e.g., GPA and course grade requirements).

Curriculum and Instruction Option

The MA in Education Curriculum and Instruction Option prepares candidates for specialized roles in the field of curriculum and instruction. 

Preliminary Credentials

The Multiple Subject Preliminary Credential authorizes its holder to teach in a self-contained classroom, usually grades kindergarten through six. The Single Subject Preliminary Credential authorizes its holder to teach in departmental classes, usually in the middle or high school. Both the Multiple and Single Subject programs fulfill the California state requirements for English Language Authorization and, for qualified applicants, the Bilingual Authorization in Spanish. Certification in other authorized languages is available by examination.
Candidates enrolled in the University Intern Option are contracted teachers (without a preliminary credential) currently teaching K-12 students and are supervised for fieldwork in their own classroom by trained university supervisors and site-based coaches who provide support and guidance. Candidates enrolled in the Student Teaching Option are not contracted teachers and are assigned to master teachers in a public school setting for their supervised field experiences. In addition, student teachers receive support and guidance from a university supervisor.
Each program option is organized into phases, university semesters, that include courses and field experiences. The program sequence allows candidates to complete their coursework and exit requirements in one year if the candidate begins the program during the summer.
Coursework and field experiences effectively prepare candidates to teach K-12 students and understand the contemporary conditions of schooling. Because the majority of teacher candidates enrolled in the TED credential program are, or will be, teaching in urban schools with multicultural and multilingual students, the program's coursework and field experiences are designed to prepare candidates to effectively meet the needs of those students. Courses are designed to address issues of second language learners and diverse styles of learning.
The program provides extensive opportunities for candidates to learn to teach the content of the California K-12 academic content standards, to use state-adopted instructional materials, to assess student progress, and to apply these understandings in teaching K-12 students.
Through the carefully sequenced courses and field experiences candidates develop a series of pedagogical competencies represented by the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs). Within each phase of the program, courses are designated to address specific TPEs that must be applied and practiced during each field experience.
The TPEs are assessed throughout the program using fair, valid, and reliable methods and measures of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT). There are ongoing formative assessments, embedded signature assignments, and a summative assessment, the Teaching Event, distributed throughout the phases of the program.
Qualified students may begin Phase One of the student teaching option during their senior year. They must apply and meet the admissions criteria. They should consult with their undergraduate subject matter advisor and teacher education advisor and attend a College of Education Information Meeting.
CSU Dominguez Hills' basic credential programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1919 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Ste. 202, Washington, DC, 20006 and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC, 1900 Capitol Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814.)

Multiple and Single Subject Credential Programs with the MA in Education- Curriculum and Instruction Option

The Teacher Education Division offers both Multiple and Single Subject credentials with the Master’s Degree in Education – Curriculum and Instruction Option.  The program meets the needs of college graduates who wish to pursue careers in elementary or secondary education.  Candidates can obtain the following:  Master of Arts degree in Education – Curriculum and Instruction Option; and Multiple and Single Subject Credentials with two options, the University Intern Option and the Student Teaching Option.  Credential course work combines theory, methods, and field experiences that enrich candidates teaching practices. Master degree level courses combine theory, field assignments, and a culminating experience that enhances candidates' professional expertise.
CSU Dominguez Hills' basic credential programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1919 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Ste. 202, Washington, DC, 20006 and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC, 1900 Capitol Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814.) 

Features

The location of the University allows an ongoing, intensive interaction with a wide variety of local school districts, providing an excellent opportunity for working with a diverse population. Graduates of basic credential programs and the Masters of Arts in Education are in high demand by principals and superintendents who have come to respect the quality of the programs and the competence of their graduates. Teaching methods classes reflect the most up-to-date and effective approaches to instruction. The program is designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking just a preliminary credential, individuals seeking both a preliminary credential and a master’s degree, as well as full-time working professionals seeking a master’s degree.  Most courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening.

Academic Advisement

Students will work with an advisor when they are admitted to the Teacher Education Division 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 ensure that the student is taking the appropriate course work in the proper sequence.

Scholarships

Scholarships and awards are available to students in Basic Credential Programs. Please contact the College of Education for a full description of the requirements for each of the following awards and a description of the application process.

  1. Bergen Family Scholarship:  up to $1,000 to a full-time student in the Teacher Education Multiple Subject Program who has a 3.5 or above GPA, with preference to those pursuing a Bilingual Authorization and demonstrate financial need.
  2. Naomi Byers Scholarship:  up to $1,500 to a student enrolled in the Teacher Education Division, teaching at LAUSD secondary school, preparing for senior subject teaching credential in Mathematics, Life Sciences, or Physical Science.
  3. California Retired Teachers, South Bay Division 46:  up to $1,500 to a student enrolled in student teaching or fieldwork with a 3.0 GPA or above, exemplary character and citizenship, and financial need.
  4. Carson Companies:  $4,000 to a Liberal Studies Major with a 3.5 GPA or above and financial need.
  5. College of Education Honorary and Memorial:  up to $1,000 to a student in the College of Education who has a 3.0 or above GPA and demonstrates a commitment to teaching.
  6. Robert DeVries Memorial Scholarship:  $500 to a student entering teaching as a second career with an exemplary character and citizenship and average to high academic standing.
  7. Miguel Gallegos Memorial Scholarship:  up to $1,000 to a student enrolled in a Teacher Education Program or Master’s Degree Program working toward a bilingual (Spanish/English) certification (preference given to initial certification) who has a 3.5 or above GPA and demonstrates financial need. One scholarship per year.
  8. Paul Kaufman Memorial Scholarship:  $500 to a student teacher with a 3.0 GPA or above, exemplary character and citizenship, and financial need.
  9. Joette Lavarini Memorial Scholarship:  $500 to an elementary student teacher with high academic standing, exemplary character and citizenship, and financial need.
  10. Laura E. Settles Scholarship:  $1,000 each to two students in the teacher credential program who have average to high scholastic standing, exemplary character and citizenship, and financial need.
  11. Gil and Shirley Smith Scholarship:  up to $1,000 to a student in the College of Education returning to CSUDH undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining in their pre-teaching or teacher prep program who has a 3.0 or above GPA and demonstrates financial need.
  12. James E. Williams Memorial Scholarship:  $500-$1000 to a student teacher who will be teaching in an urban setting.

Preparation for Credential Programs

High school students should plan to take an academic program that includes four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of science, two years of foreign language and a course in the use of computers.
Students planning to teach children in a self-contained classroom, usually grades kindergarten through six, will need to earn a Multiple Subject Credential. It is recommended that students planning to pursue a Multiple Subject Credential complete course requirements for the Liberal Studies major and contact the Liberal Studies chair immediately upon entering CSU Dominguez Hills.
Students planning to earn a Multiple Subject Credential must pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subject Examination. Information pertaining to the examination is available at the University Testing Office.
Students planning to teach in departmentalized classes, usually at the middle or senior high school levels, will need to earn a Single Subject Credential.  These students should contact the appropriate department in order to seek program advising regarding completing course requirements for one of the Subject Matter Preparation Programs offered on campus. Subject Matter Preparation Programs offered at CSUDH are:  English, Chemistry, Mathematics, Music, Kinesiology, Spanish, Biology and History/Social Studies. Please see separate entries in the University Catalog for contact information to these departments.
An alternative to fulfilling course requirements for a Single Subject equivalency is to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Single Subject Examination in the appropriate subject area. Information pertaining to these examinations is available at the University Testing Office. Please refer to the CCTC website at www.ctc.ca.gov for the most current information.
All students are required to meet the basic skills requirement before admission to the program by one of the following methods:

  • Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject Plus Writing Skills Examination
  • Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations
  • Pass a basic skills examination from another state
The CSU prepares teachers for positions in California as well as other states. It is in the students' best interest to be knowledgeable about credential or licensure requirements of the state in which they intend to teach.
Information concerning teacher preparation programs at CSU Dominguez Hills, including the pass rate on teacher certification examinations, may be obtained from the Teacher Education Division, 1000 E. Victoria St. Carson, CA 90747.  (310) 243-3496.