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Master's Degree Programs

Ranked among the best graduate schools of education by U.S. News, the master's degree programs at the School of Education prepare students to become leaders, educators, researchers, advocates, and scholars who promote excellence and equity in every area of education.

 

 

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) plus Credentials 

The California Teaching Commission (CTC)-accredited dual M.Ed. and credential programs prepare students for careers in teaching. By the time you complete the program, you will have earned a master's degree and a credential to teach K-12 in California, a designation that is widely accepted in other states and gives you access to career options. The programs begin in the Summer. The Bilingual Authorization and Ethnic Studies Pathway can be earned simultaneously through additional coursework.

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Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education is a professional degree designed to prepare students for careers in the K-16 environment. Students in the M.Ed. program participate in weekly, late afternoon classes, and the degree can be earned in 1-2 years. No GRE required.

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Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master of Arts is a research degree that prepares students for careers in an educational setting, or to pursue a doctoral program –– almost all coursework transfers from the M.A. to the Ph.D., minimizing the time to degree. Students in the M.A. program participate in weekly, late afternoon classes, and the degree can be earned in 1-2 years, at your own pace. No GRE required.

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James Zoucha
"I think the best part about the Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics program is its flexibility and interdisciplinary nature. I am gaining a deeper understanding of quantitative methods, and have been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy learning about other fields such as sociology. The faculty and staff are very supportive of your goals and are prompt in their responses if you have questions. During this time, I have been able to prepare myself for the next graduate program I wish to pursue."
James Zoucha
M.A. '21
Mark Banderas
"Prior to even beginning my program, I quickly noticed the resources and value GSOE could offer me. Leading up to orientation, GSOE had already sent me relevant student job postings, and directed me to teaching assistant positions, which I eventually applied for and was accepted. It was because of these experiences that I felt I had an edge over other applicants when I entered the job market. Not only did I gain a deeper insight into higher education, but I also gained the practical skills to help me flourish in a full-time role."
Mark Banderas
M.Ed. '20
JudelMay Enriquez
"The M.A. program emphasized inclusivity and communal learning, and really stretched my critical awareness of societal and institutional barriers to education. It was very asset-based, and classes were enriched further because we learned from each other along with the professors. It is through GSOE that I was able to hone my intellectual skills and gain knowledge of critical issues in education to share with future generations."
JudelMay Enriquez
M.A. '17
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