Master of Arts in Education courses

MAE 600: Seminar in Educational Psychology

The cultural and political contexts of learning are examined, especially with regard to providing effective educational experiences for diverse populations. Participants are provided with an overview of Ed Psych theories which allows them to utilize various research methods to contrast differing perspectives and ways of knowing. In addition to building library research skills, students actively contribute to change or the existing knowledge base. (Restricted to MAE Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 611: Effective Practices in Instructional Coaching

This course explores fundamental models and principles of mentoring, coaching, and evaluating teachers-in-practice.  It reviews research on professional learning and professional development of educators.  Topics include: systems thinking, evidence-based teaching practices, adult learning theory, using data to improve instruction, self and peer evaluation, effective communication, and ethics in coaching.

Units: 1 — 3

MAE 621: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Students examine frameworks, processes, and compositional approaches to designing qualitative and quantitative research studies in the field of education. Also, building upon ProSeminar experiences, participants gain a more complex understanding of the purposes and processes of action research. This understanding serves as the basis for the completion of their action thesis proposals. (Restricted to MAE Majors and SPED Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 622: Qualitative Research

Gives students a conceptual overview of traditional qualitative research using ethnographic methods, with emphasis on helping students understand and the points of view of individuals living and working in multicultural settings. Moreover, as the basis for facilitating beneficial change in their classrooms, schools, or communities, participants use ethnographic and/or historical research skills to design their action thesis projects and complete their proposals.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 625: Professional Literature Seminar

Participants engage in in-depth and critical analysis of professional literature as they define and frame their interests or contextualize their projects. Students use online resources to identify important theoretical and empirical contributions that connect their research to existing professional literature. Emphasis is placed on learning the conventions of academic writing using the APA guide, as well as bringing out one's voice in the writing process.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 630: Emergent Literacy

Utilizing a psycholinguistic perspective, students gain an advanced understanding of emergent literacy across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on developing an advanced understanding of language language cueing systems, philosophies of reading and writing, assessment tools, current research into emergent lit., evaluation of appropriate learning materials/activities. Participants classroom teachers are encouraged to use their class for required fieldwork. (Restricted to MAE Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 631: Applied Linguistics & Language Acquisition

Applied Linguistics & Language Acquisition: Focuses on examining the nature and structure of languages, with an emphasis on mainstream American English. Participants survey recent theories and research on first language acquisition and bilingualism, especially in relation to the process of second language learning, in a social context. Students also examine how second language acquisition theories are applied in K-12 classrooms, through observing and practicing lessons in ELD and ESL settings. Contributes toward English Learner Authorization certification.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 632: Arts as Culturally Responsive Curriculum

Arts as Culturally Responsive Curriculum: Explores the integration of the visual and performing arts into the curriculum using an interdisciplinary approach. More specifically, students identify and apply the unique elements of each of the arts (dance, drama, music, and visual arts) to various curricular areas, in pursuit of an understanding of the arts as a way of knowing. This work is deepened through examination of the Visual and Performing Arts Framework, readings, and in-depth study of culturally responsive material.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 633: Literature for a Partnership World

Literature for a Partnership World: Challenges and provokes critical insight into how children, in partnership with their teachers, become literate beings. Analytic reading, substantive discussion, reflective writing, visual representation, and dramatic enactment are used to demonstrate how the written word can be used to inform and transform worlds. A persistent theme is how to use this wonderful collection of literature as a political tool for promoting social justice, encouraging empowerment, and combating ethnocentrism.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 634: Literacy for Linguistically Diverse Learners

Literacy for Linguistically Diverse Learners: Using a sociocultural and politically conscious framework, participants examine theories of teaching and learning, trends in literacy instruction, instructional strategies, and literacy assessment for linguistically diverse classrooms. Students also assess the literacy skills of first- and second-language learners, develop applications for literacy based on culturally relevant pedagogical frameworks, and apply strategies for English language development and SDAIE instruction. Contributes toward English Learner Authorization certification.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 635: Biliteracy for Spanish/English

Designed for teachers in designated Spanish/English bilingual classrooms. Participants learn the processes and effective strategies for teaching reading and writing to bilingual students as well as assessment of literacy. Taught in Spanish.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 636: Culture, Cognition and Development

This course develops student knowledge of cognitive assessment with the underlying frameworks of development and culture. Assessments of cognitive skills cannot be separated from these. Students in this course will be introduced to the assessment procedures of common cognitive assessments, The course will focus on cognitive function as a construct (e.g., cognitive factors, skills, abilities, and processes). Crosslist with SPSY 636: Culture, Cognition and Development (3 units). (Prereq: SPED 564: Formal Asmt Dvrs Stu Pop (3 units) and SPSY 550: Role and Function of the School Psychologist (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 637: Multicultural Curriculum

Students critically analyze curriculum frameworks and materials that are recommended for multicultural teaching. Furthermore, participants use different models of curriculum construction to design instructional activities and analyze the impact of their teaching on students. Finally, a collection of exemplary multicultural and bilingual teaching resources, as well as networks for finding additional resources, are developed. (Restricted to MAE Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 638: Technology as a Tool for Creativity, Equity & Excellence

Participants explore current technologies and coming trends. "Technology" in this course is more than computers and digital media. Participants explore the issues created by these technologies. They look at tools that will help them use the potential of technology to support teaching and learning, and to develop thoughtful and powerful implementations of technologies in whatever educational setting they work. (Restricted to MAE AND SPED Majors

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 639: Reflective Teaching Practicum

Students analyze their own classroom practice in the context of constructivism and multiculturalism, and examine the role of standards, assessment, and environments in an effective classroom. This practicum entails analysis of one's teaching and it also offers opportunities for candidates seeking National Board Certification to begin their NBTS portfolio. May be repeated once for credit. Must be admitted to the Master of Arts in Education program to enroll in course.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 640: Pluralism & Politics

Builds an understanding of how life in a classroom can be a reflection of efforts to maintain power and privilege at the global, national, and local levels. That is, the politics surrounding educational policies and instructional practices are explored to uncover how they perpetuate the status quo, especially with respect to our (in)ability to address inequities based on cultural, linguistic, or gender diversity. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies for advocating for change in a politically astute manner.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 641: Ed Measurement & Evaluation

Theoretical and practical foundations in assessment with implications for standards-based instruction. Includes descriptive and some inferential statistics and educational measurement. Must be admitted to the Master of Arts in Education program to enroll in course (Offered classroom-based, hybrid, or online). (Restricted to MAE AND SPED Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 642: Multicultural Community Partnerships

The course provides an opportunity to learn how to work effectively with families and community members; recognize the goals of diverse families; respond to diverse community interests and needs; and mobilize community resources for student achievement. Relationships between schools and communities from demographic and political perspectives and attitudes toward people of different backgrounds and examine attitudes toward sexual orientation and individuals with disabilities will be examined.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 643: Math Plus Equity Equals Radical Equations

Math Plus Equity Equals Radical Equations: Participants explore the teaching and learning of mathematics as a critical social justice issue. This focus requires participants to expand their pedagogical repertoires to include instructional strategies that promote high mathematics achievement among historically underserved populations. Furthermore, work is done to expand pedagogical imaginations to include a deeper understanding of how mathematical ability and skills can be used to work toward achieving more widespread social justice.

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 644: Critical Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction

Critical Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction: Curriculum History, Philosophy, and Practice including curriculum development and instruction within today's standards-based classrooms. Must be admitted to the Master of Arts in Education program to enroll in course. (Offered classroom-based, hybrid, or online). (Restricted to MAE Majors and SPED Majors)

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 645: Educational Policy and Advocacy for Students and Families in K-12

This course explores educational policies in schools including educational law, resource allocations, interagency relationships, and tools for advocacy. The course focuses on understanding California and federal codes, case law, policies, and precedent and analysis of key legal concepts and application of law. An additional focus is the issues of and rights of migrant youth in schools. Students examine trends in law and the initiation of educational law to positively influence education. Crosslist with SPSY 645: Educational Policy and Advocacy for Students and Families in K-12 (3 units).

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 651: National Board I

Designed for teachers currently working on their portfolio for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In a structured and supportive environment, participants complete two sections of their portfolio. (Offered through Extended Education.)

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 652: National Board II

Designed for teachers completing their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards portfolio. In a structured and supportive environment, participants complete the last two sections of their portfolio. (Offered Extended Education.)

Units: 3 — 3

MAE 670: MAE Culminating Project

This is the culminating learning experience for the Master of Arts in Education. By the time students have begun this seminar they should have submitted their proposal and refined their problem statement as well as formulated the beginning of a literature review. Students share both their developing projects and development as researchers with their peers. All work is publicly presented during the MAE Capstone Festival.

Units: 1 — 6

MAE 690: Action Thesis Advising

Students should register for one credit of this course every semester between completion of research methods and Capstone.

Units: 1 — 1

MAE 695: Special Topics

Courses that are offered on a trial basis, or courses that may only appear once, are offered as special topics. Anytime a special topics course is offered, it will have a title clarifying its general focus. Repeatable with each new special topic. (Credit/ No Credit Available)

Units: 2 — 6

MAE 697: Independent Study

Student and faculty member select topic of study and number of credits.

Units: 1 — 4