The Master of Science in Education is a 32-unit interdisciplinary studies program, ideal for working professionals who are interested in advanced studies in education.

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All candidates in the Interdisciplinary program complete a 16-unit core course sequence in addition to 16 units selected across multiple graduate fields including education, business, humanities and/or counseling psychology. The 16-unit elective course selection is based on individual interests and career goals and is subject to availability and department approval.

The Master of Science in Education degree culminates with either a thesis or directed research project approved by their adviser, which is presented at the end of the program to faculty and students.

Program Features

  • Innovative and highly regarded curriculum
  • Small class size, personal attention and a supportive learning community
  • Outstanding mentoring from faculty and site supervisors who are experienced classroom teachers, and who know the unique county and district cultures
  • Prepares teachers for new roles and responsibilities in education and professional careers
  • Master's 16-unit core classes in a hybrid online and face to face format

Career Possibilities

  • Teach at the community college level
  • Write for professional publications
  • Preparation for doctoral programs

Course Sequence (32 total units)

Interdisciplinary Studies Elective Courses - select 16 elective units

Elective Courses - Graduate Level 16

Current Trend Courses - select one from the following


EDU 5930 Policy & Change 4
EDU 5931 Child & Adolescent Development 4
EDU 5932 Research for Social Justice 4
EDU 5933 Special Education 4
Additional elective options applicable to Special Education and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs  
EDU 5934 Data Analysis 4
Additional elective options applicable to Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Teacher Preparation Programs  
EDU 5390 Characteristics of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Special Needs 4
EDU 5391 Assessment and Instruction in Early Childhood Special Education 4
Total: 4

Required Courses

Course(s) Units
EDU 5905 Approaches to Educational Research (Fall Only) 4
EDU 5915 Applied Educational Research (Spring Only) 4
EDU 5925 Leadership in Education 4
Total: 12