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Graduate College of Education

Interim Dean: Dr. Elizabeth Kean

 

Department of Secondary Education

BH 41
415-338-1201
Chair: Dr. Natalio Avani
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Natalio Avani

Math MA Coordinator: Dr. Judith Kysh

 

Faculty

Professor: Avani, Kysh
Associate Professors: Cancino, Cooks, Fan, Irvine, Watanabe
Assistant Professors: Baines, Bloom, Horvath
Lecturers: Adisa, Allender, Bender, Kell, Lee

 

Programs

M.A. in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education

M.A. in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education

 


Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education

Admission to Program

The Master of Arts in education, concentration in secondary education is open to all qualified teachers. All applicants must hold bachelor's degrees from accredited universities. Additional entrance requirements include:

 

  • A 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.
  • One/two page narrative describing your research interest.
  • A valid preliminary or clear single subject teaching credential.
  • Completion of at least two years of successful full-time teaching.
  • Evidence of written English proficiency.
  • An interview with the graduate coordinator and/or other graduate advisors.

 

Admission to the MA in Education, concentration in secondary education program is a two-part process that should be completed simultaneously:

 

  1.  Apply to San Francisco state University: Complete the on-line application at www.csumentor.edu  and follow all other requirements for admission to the University by accessing www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy.
  2. Apply to the Department of Secondary Education.

 

To apply to the Department of Secondary Education, submit the following to:

 

Dr. Natalio Avani

Professor and Chair

Department of Secondary Education/SFSU

1600 Holloway Avenue, BH 45

San Francisco, CA  94132

 

  1. An abstract describing your research interest.
  2. Official transcripts.
  3. A copy of your preliminary or clear singe subject teaching credential.
  4. Copies of teaching evaluations reflecting 2 years of successful teaching.
  5. A recommendation letter from principal on school letterhead indicating your readiness for starting an MA degree.
  6. Two addition professional recommendation letters.
  7. Written English proficiency: Submitted as part of the application.  This statement should be about 750 words and should demonstrate writing skills appropriate for graduate level owrk in secondary education.  This statement can be a continuation/elaboration of your research interest, and/or inclusive of your goals for pursuing the degree and describing your readiness for the program based on professional and academic preparation, and dispositions as a teacher.

 

After this material has been received and reviewed, you will be contacted for an interview.

 

A limited number of students not meeting the 3.0 GPA may be admitted conditionally, particularly applicants who have been identified as highly promising or particularly talented teachers.

 

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Written English proficiency is a requirement that must be met by all graduate students.  In the Secondary Education MA program, you will be assessed for this requirement based on your research interest/goals for pursuing the degree statement submitted to the departement as part of the application.  This statement also needs to reflect your readiness for the program based on your professional and academic preparation.

 

Students admitted conditionally or not meeting stated written English proficiency standards must demonstrate that they have met the Level One written English proficiency requirement prior to enrolling in SED 895 or SED 898. Students must meet Level One written English proficiency requirement prior to advancing to Level Two.

 

Level Two: Writing proficiency will be assessed based on the quality of the Field Study Report or Thesis submitted as the culminating experience for, S ED 895 or S ED 898. All students in the program must complete an 895 or 898 project.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Secondary Education

Course Title Units
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
S ED 850 Research Seminar: Critical Issues in Secondary Education 3
S ED 895
    or
S ED 898
Field Study
 
Master’s Thesis
3

Electives in secondary education approved by graduate major adviser: 9 - 21 units

Related or distributed field (selected on approval of graduate major adviser): 6 - 12 units

Minimum Total: 30 units

 

Culminating Experience

Early in the semester prior to enrollment in either S ED 895 or S ED 898, the student must submit his/her Advancement to Candidacy (ATC), the Proposal for Culminating Experience, and the Human Subjects Protocol forms. Enrollment in these courses is contingent upon approval.

 

Courses Taken in the Single Subject Credential Program

Up to 12 units of course work in secondary education completed to satisfy the requirements of the Single Subject Credential program may be used to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts, as long as they were taken within the seven-year time limit for the master's degree. Credential courses that may be counted as electives or as "related or distributed field" courses include S ED 701, 720, 759, 790, 800. Student teaching and the associated seminars, S ED 751 and S ED 752, may not be counted.  Curriculum and instruction I courses taken in another department may be counted.

 

Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education

Admission to Program

Admission to the Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education is based upon:

  1. Possession of a single subject teaching credential.
  2. At least two years experience teaching mathematics in a secondary classroom.

In the event the candidate has not met the requirements in (1) or (2) above, he/she may meet with a mathematics education adviser to evaluate his or her academic and professional background.

 

Admission to the graduate program is a two-part process that should be completed simultaneously:

  1. Apply to San Francisco State University: Complete the on-line CSU Mentor application, www.csumentor.edu. Follow all other requirements for admission to the University by accessing www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy
  2. Complete a department application which includes transcripts, a written statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation regarding the ability to pursue graduate-level work and successful experience teaching adolescents.  Submit these materials to Dr. Judith Kysh, Department of Secondary Education.

 

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Written English Proficiency will be assessed based on the Personal Statement, submitted to the department as part of the application. This statement should be about 750 words and should demonstrate writing skills appropriate for graduate level work in Mathematics Education. For the Statement, students respond to a prompt explaining their goals for pursuing the degree and describing their readiness for the program based on professional and academic preparation, and disposition as a student.

 

Students admitted conditionally or not meeting stated written English proficiency standards must meet Level One written English proficiency by the end of their second semester of enrollment in the program. Students must meet Level One written English proficiency prior to advancing to level two.

 

Level Two: Writing proficiency will be assessed based on the quality of the Field Study Report or Thesis submitted as the Culminating Experience, E ED/S ED 895 or E ED/S ED 898. All students in the program must complete an 895 or 898 project.

 

 

Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Mathematics Education

Mathematics Courses

Units selected from upper division or graduate mathematics courses with adviser approval. The following, or similar, courses are recommended: 12 units

Course Title
MATH 300 History of Mathematics
MATH 301 Exploration and Proof
MATH 324 Probability and Statistics
MATH 325 Linear Algebra
MATH 350 Geometry
MATH 475 Capstone Course for Teaching Emphasis
MATH 575 Mathematics in the Middle School Classroom I
MATH 576 Mathematics in Middle Schools II
MATH 577 Mathematics in Middle Schools III (4)
MATH 578 Mathematics in the High School

Education Courses

Course Title Units
S ED 761 School Mathematics: Problem Solving 3
S ED 796 Analyzing Cases of Mathematics Teaching 3
S ED 856 Assessing Mathematical Thinking 3
S ED 807 Leadership Development Seminar in Mathematics Education 3

Core Courses

Course Title Units
ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research 3
S ED 895 Field Study 3

Minimum total: 30 units

 

Culminating Experience

Early in the semester prior to enrollment in either S ED 895 or S ED 898, the student must submit his/her Advancement to Candidacy (ATC), the Proposal for Culminating Experience, and the Human Subjects Protocol forms. Enrollment in these courses is contingent upon approval.

 

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