Master’s Degree in Education

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TCSJ is a WASC accredited institution offering a Master’s Degree Program in Education in the following concentrations:

M.Ed. Early Education (32 Units)
The Master of Education degree in Early Education is designed for early childhood educators specializing in the learning and developmental needs of children aged birth through 8 years. Candidates in the early education focus have the ability to tailor their program to meet their professional goals. For example, if leadership at a district or pre-school site is a goal of the candidate, his/her program can include coursework focused on developing their leadership skills. Enhancing understanding of curriculum development and refining instructional strategies to support all early learners is a common theme throughout the program.

M.Ed. Educational Inquiry (32 Units)
The Educational Inquiry Concentration is designed for educators who aspire to deepen their understanding of: 21st century skills in developing and implementing project-based lessons/units. School reform and the urgency to create change systems within the classroom and school-site. Teacher leadership by enhancing skills in coaching, lesson design, and current research-based educational practices. Action research with the process of reviewing research and the practice of collecting and analyzing data. Candidates may be eligible to transfer up to eight units of credential coursework pending transcript review.

M.Ed. Educational Leadership and School Development (32-38 Units)
Educational Leadership and School Development Concentration is for those individuals serving or hoping to serve in school leadership positions. This option can also be concurrent with coursework resulting in a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Candidates with a TCSJ Preliminary Administrative Credential may transfer up to eight units towards their master’s degree.

Candidates applying to TCSJ’s Educational Leadership and School Development master’s program that results in also earning a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential are required to verify at least five years of experience.

M.Ed. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (33 Units)
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) M.Ed. program at TCSJ embraces the premise that 21st century educators and school leaders will have expertise in the design of learning environments that enable their K-12 students to approach solutions to problems with the mindset of STEM professionals. Our integrative approaches to STEM education sets us apart from the traditional mindset that views STEM as discreet topics.

Candidates gain expertise in the development and implementation of integrated problem and project-based learning approaches aligned to the California Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and the Career and Technical Education Industry Sectors. The candidates learn how content within STEM can be taught concurrently so that their K-12 students understand the relevance and intersections within the subjects.

The Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization (MIAA) may be embedded within the STEM M.Ed program and will enable students to gain expertise in K-Algebra 1/Integrated 1 curriculum design and development and implementation of intensive interventions and accommodations. They will have expert knowledge of the CCCSS for Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards and how to differentiate mathematics and STEM instruction to increase K-12 student engagement and proficiency (especially in mathematics).

M.Ed. Special Education (32 Units)
This TCSJ M.Ed. Concentration will provide candidates with advanced coursework in Special Education. The topics included within the coursework of this concentration will be grounded in recent research findings and include implications to the varied settings within the Special Education field. Candidates will advance their knowledge of how to address the needs of students with specialized disorders that are beyond the scope of typical credential programs. The faculty will challenge students to reflect on their leadership roles and how they might influence innovation and reform to increase their educational effectiveness for students with special needs.

M.Ed. Environmental Literacy (32 Units)
The Environmental Literacy M.Ed. coursework provides a close examination of the intersection between peoples, societies, and natural systems, and how to relate within those systems in a humble, sustainable manner. Educators learn to develop integrated curricula and learning opportunities that nurture PK-12 students' understanding of the natural world outside the classroom, expand critical thinking skills, and prepare engaged citizens. Graduates have expertise in developing, implementing, and sustaining capacity building plans for an Environmental Literacy program within an organization, such as a school district.

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