Master of Arts in Education (MAE)

This program is designed for individuals seeking career or advancement opportunities in education or related fields. None of the six emphasis areas leads to a license or credential to teach or provide services in the K-12 education system.  All students complete six MAE core courses and one emphasis area cluster of courses.  Six emphasis areas are offered: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Instructional Technology: Teaching the 21st Century Learner, Leadership in Early Childhood Education, Teaching and Learning, and Educational Administration.  It is possible to complete a degree with more than one emphasis.  Candidates completing a second emphasis area within one master's degree program may not use previously completed emphasis coursework for one emphasis to fulfill the requirements of a second emphasis.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Research: Evaluate the various educational research paradigms and develop a theoretical research project utilizing one or more of the methodologies.
  • Democratic Schools: Apply democratic principles to an authentic educational context.
  • Global Perspectives: Analyze best practices of global educational systems.
  • Learning Theory: Utilize theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Curriculum Design: Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
  • Ethics: Analyze issues and make ethical decisions within an educational context.

Program Learning Outcomes by Emphasis Area

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Pedagogical Expertise- Apply understanding of curriculum and instruction to a contemporary issue in curriculum design.
  • Instructional Technology: Teaching the 21st Century Learner-Facilitate transferable, curricular- based, assessable learning opportunities to specific student audiences (K-12 and/or higher education) through selection, and professional application of a variety of appropriate 21st century tools, strategies, and skills.
  • Educational Administration: Apply collaborative educational philosophies, theories, and practices to promote change, policy development, and governance.
  • Educational Leadership: Apply facilitative leadership skills to promote effective, problem-solving and collaborative decision-making in specific organizational situations.
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education – Leadership and Program Quality: Analyze the effectiveness of an Early Childhood Education program based on NAEYC standards.
  • Teaching and Learning – Differentiated Instruction: Apply pedagogical concepts in educational settings to meet the diverse needs of students.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program may be achieved by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog (see the Graduate Admission section).
  2. Applicants using Admission Option Two must possess a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 in the last 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program including credits earned toward a credential to be admitted to the Master of Arts in Education degree program and must have a passing score on one of the examinations noted below:
    1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of the three subsections. The minimum acceptable score for the Quantitative section is 141. The minimum acceptable score for the Verbal section is 150. The minimum acceptable score for the Analytic Writing is 4.5
    2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 403.
    3. State Teacher Examinations: successfully complete the appropriate California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), or Single Subject Assessments for Teaching (SSAT) and/or Praxis Examination.
  3. Applicants who have successfully completed any of the Brandman University Preliminary Credential programs and have passed the CSET, MSAT, SSAT or PRAXIS examination automatically qualify for admission to MAE program.
  4. Applicants to the MAE/Educational Leadership must submit a resume and a letter of intent, indicating their purpose in acquiring this degree and potential career goals.
  5. Two letters of recommendation are required.  These letters must be on official letterhead; must be written by individuals who are familiar with the candidate in an academic or professional setting and who have knowledge of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate courses; and, must address the candidate’s fit for the program. The letters cannot be older than two years from the date of application.
  6. Applicants to the MAE/Leadership in Early Childhood Education emphasis must hold one of the following certifications: California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit or higher, Single Subject Credential Home Economics, Child Development Associate Credential or a comparable credential. Applicants who hold Multiple Subject Credentials must complete at least 12 units of upper division early childhood coursework prior to admission.  
  7. Applicants to the MAE/Teaching and Learning emphasis must have at least one year of induction completed or hold a valid California Multiple or Single Subject SB 2042 Professional “Clear” Teaching Credential earned through a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved 2042 Induction Program. If the candidate was not required to but did complete an approved induction program, it may be possible to be admitted into the Teaching and Learning emphasis. Please speak with your advisor and obtain approval from the Associate Dean.  If the applicant has only one year of induction completed, then a letter written on District letterhead indicating the one year of completion is required.  This letter must be signed by the applicant's Induction coordinator or Director of Human Resources. 
  8. Applicants to the MAE Educational Administration emphasis must hold a valid CCTC approved Preliminary Administrative Services Credential received through a CTC district approved program or CTC university approved program.  If a student took the preliminary test they may not be admitted into this program.

Program Information and Requirements

Second Emphasis Area

It is possible to complete the MAE degree with more than one emphasis. Candidates completing a second emphasis area within one master’s degree program may not use coursework from one emphasis area to fulfill the requirements of the second. Further, students completing a second emphasis must successfully complete the Demonstration of Mastery task associated with that emphasis area.

If the second area of emphasis is completed after the initial degree has been awarded, the student will not be issued an updated diploma, nor will the student be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony a second time. However, the second emphasis will appear on the student's official Brandman University transcript.

Transfer of Coursework

In the Master of Arts in Education, a total of six semester or nine quarter credits can be transferred into the program. These must be graduate-level courses and a grade of “B” or higher must have been earned in each course being transferred. Transferred courses can only be applied to emphasis area; no transfer credit is permitted for the six core courses. For the Master of Arts in Education, Teaching and Learning emphasis and Educational Administration, 12 credits of block transfer are allowed.

Time Limitations

With the exception of Prerequisites, all requirements for a master's degree, including courses accepted for transfer credit, must be completed within a consecutive SEVEN year period immediately prior to the awarding of the degree.

Demonstration of Mastery

See each emphasis area for specific demonstration of mastery requirements.

Core Courses
EDUU 600Research and Evaluation Methods *3
EDUU 605Democracy, Education and Social Change3
EDUU 606Seminar in Learning Theory3
EDUU 607Seminar in Comparative Education3
EDUU 608Seminar in the Social Foundations of Education3
EDUU 609Seminar in Curriculum Studies3
Core Courses Subtotal18
Emphasis Area Elective Courses
Select from the following Emphasis Area12
Emphasis Area Elective Courses Subtotal12
Total Credits30
*

EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods is a prerequisite for all other core courses and candidates are advised to take this course first.

Emphasis Area Elective Courses

Master of Arts in Education – Curriculum and Instruction

Prerequisite:  Candidates must have a current teaching credential or must take EDUU 515 Teaching the Adult Learner-Teaching the Adult Learner, before beginning any coursework in the MAE, Curriculum and Instruction.  Candidates may take EDUU 515 Teaching the Adult Learner concurrently with EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods.

EDCI 631Differentiated Instruction in Multicultural and Multi-Ability Classrooms3
EDCI 633Instructional Leadership for Practitioners3
EDCI 634Issues and Trends in Contemporary Curriculum: Expertise Paper Development3
Select one from the following:3
Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling
The Art & Craft of Teaching
Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Theories in Language Structure and Acquisition
English Language and Literacy Development
Content-Based Instruction and Assessment for Linguistic Minority Students: SDAIE
Educational Applications of Computers Level I
Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Voice, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiologies and Characteristics
Domestic Experiential Education
International Experiential Education
Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I
Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II
History, Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts in K-8 Classrooms
Teaching and Learning Mathematics in K-8 Classrooms
Teaching and Learning Science in K-8 Classrooms
Theories, Methods, and Materials for Teaching English Learners
Secondary Instructional Strategies for Language/Culturally Diverse Classrooms
Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates
Content Specific Strategies for Single Subjects (Series)
Preparing 21st Century Learners: A Collaborative and Integrated Approach
Total Credits12
Demonstration of Mastery

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction must successfully complete an expertise paper that integrates theory with application in EDCI 634 Issues and Trends in Contemporary Curriculum: Expertise Paper Development and must earn a “B” or better in the course.

Master of Arts in Education – Instructional Technology: Teaching the 21st Century Learner

Prerequisites: Candidates must have a current teaching credential or must take EDUU 515 Teaching the Adult Learner before beginning any coursework in the MAE, Instructional Technology: Teaching the 21st Century Learner.  Candidates may take EDUU 515 Teaching the Adult Learner concurrently with EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods. Candidates must also take EDUU 551 Educational Applications of Computers Level I or an approved equivalent, or submit passing scores on the CSET in Ed Tech, or have a current teaching credential that required a Level I educational computer course or equivalent.

Emphasis Courses
EDUU 624Foundations of 21st Century Teaching3
EDUU 625Design and Assessment of 21st Century Teaching3
EDUU 628Advanced Design and Assessment of 21st Century Teaching3
EDUU 629Teaching the 21st Century Learner Capstone3
Total Credits12
Demonstration of Mastery

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in Instructional Technology: Teaching the 21st Century Learner must successfully complete a portfolio submitted in EDUU 629 Teaching the 21st Century Learner Capstone that includes both artifacts and simulations that demonstrate excellence and professionalism with online and blended pedagogy/andragogy depending on the individual candidate’s focus. Candidates must earn a “B” or better in EDUU 629 Teaching the 21st Century Learner Capstone.

Master of Arts in Education – Leadership in Early Childhood Education
Emphasis Required Courses
EDUU 640Foundations of Leadership in Early Childhood Settings3
EDUU 641Public Policy and Fiscal Planning for Early Childhood Leaders3
EDUU 642Leadership and Human Resources in Early Childhood Settings3
EDUU 643Early Childhood Program Evaluation: Capstone3
Total Credits12
Demonstration of Mastery

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in Leadership in Early Childhood Education must successfully develop a program evaluation of a local preschool or infant/ toddler program. Candidates submit their program evaluation plans in EDUU 643 Early Childhood Program Evaluation: Capstone and must earn a “B” or better in the course.

Master of Arts in Education – Teaching and Learning
Emphasis Block Transfer

Brandman University awards a block of 12 semester credits for successful completion of a Multiple or Single Subjects SB 2042 BTSA Induction Clear Credential Program. Please see an advisor for more details.

Demonstration of Mastery

Candidates must submit a Portfolio of Evidence demonstrating abilities or competence in the core courses and includes a reflective essay that applies course content to teaching and learning. A standardized assessment rubric will be used to determine that the candidate has demonstrated competency.  Candidates submit the Demonstration of Mastery (DOM) through LiveText and pay a fee to have the DOM evaluated. The DOM handbook containing requirements, scoring rubrics, and directions are located on the SOE Services MyBrandman.

Master of Arts in Education – Educational Administration

Emphasis Block Transfer

Brandman University awards a block of 12 semester credits for successful completion of a CCTC Approved Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program. Please see an academic advisor for more details.

Demonstration of Mastery

Candidates must submit a Portfolio of Evidence demonstrating abilities or competence in the core courses and includes a reflective essay that applies course content to educational administration. A standardized assessment rubric will be used to determine that the candidate has demonstrated competency.  Candidates submit the Demonstration of Mastery (DOM) through LiveText and pay a fee to have the DOM evaluated. The DOM handbook containing requirements, scoring rubrics, and directions are located on the SOE Services MyBrandman.

Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership

This program is designed for those seeking to develop their 21st century leadership skills but are not interested in pursuing a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential for public school administration.          

Emphasis Courses

Candidates must complete 9 required credits and will select one, 3 credit elective to customize and strengthen their program of study to meet their individual career goals. Candidates can choose any three credit course from 500 or 600-level EDCI or EDUU courses or by taking one, 3 credit course from the following related disciplines; human resources, public administration, organizational leadership, or business administration. EDAD courses will not be accepted as emphasis courses for this program.  Courses completed as part of a general or special education credential program will also not be accepted as fulfilling the 12 credit emphasis area.  

EDUU 614Creating a Shared Vision in Educational Organizations3
EDUU 616Leading Change in Educational Organizations3
EDUU 615Engaging Stakeholders in Educational Organizations3
Emphasis area elective course3
Select one course as described above
Total Credits12
Demonstration of Mastery

A candidate for the MAE in Educational Leadership must successfully complete a portfolio that reflects mastery of course content. Candidates may submit the portfolio during the last remaining course at the conclusion of their course of their program of study.  Candidates submit the Demonstration of Mastery (DOM) through LiveText and pay a fee to have the DOM evaluated. The DOM handbook containing requirements, scoring rubrics, and directions are located on the SOE Services MyBrandman site.