Graduate Programs in Education
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development offers Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctorate Degrees, along with many Advanced Credential Programs.
Fall 2017 application deadlines:
- Program & CSU Mentor applications - May 31, 2017
PLEASE NOTE: MA, Education - Educational Leadership & Administration - Higher Education, Administration, and Leadership (HEAL) pathway - Priority Deadline: March 1, 2017, Secondary Deadline: April 14, 2017
Teaching Graduate Programs
The 30-unit Master of Arts degree in Education with an option in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for teachers and other professionals who desire advanced study in curriculum,
instruction, educational psychology, research design, and educational statistics.
Although a majority of students are teachers, a teaching credential is not a requirement
for admission. The program is unique in allowing students to pursue in-depth study
in personally relevant areas of curriculum and instruction such as educational technology,
reading/language arts, mathematics education, and other specialization areas through
elective coursework. APPLY NOW!
The Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Technology is a postbaccalaureate program designed to provide professional and specialized preparation for the candidate interested in acquiring knowledge and skills essential for technology-related leadership in educational settings.
The Master of Arts in Education with an option in counseling and student services is designed for individuals seeking advancements in careers within educational settings.
The degree program provides preparation for those seeking development for careers or professional positions in educational settings, social services, business, religious organizations or other positions requiring expertise in counseling and/or student services. Individuals who are specifically interested in becoming a school counselor in K12 settings should seek the MS in Counseling, Option in School Counseling and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Those specifically interested in becoming a higher education counselor should seek the MS in Counseling, Option in Student Affairs and College Counseling. APPLY NOW
The Master of Arts degree in Education with an option in Early Childhood Education offers specialized preparation for a wide variety of positions in educational settings
with children from birth through the primary grades. The program is designed to meet
individual needs of candidates with different experiential and educational backgrounds
and varied career objectives. APPLY NOW!
An Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential may be earned by those who possess
an elementary teaching credential (California Multiple Subject, Standard Elementary,
or General Elementary Teaching Credential); who complete a commission-approved specialist
program, including teaching; and who have two years of teaching experience at two
levels of Early Childhood Education at the time the specialist credential is bestowed.
The ECE Specialist Credential requires 30 units of postbaccalaureate study. Courses
taken in the ECE Specialist Credential Program may be used to meet part or all of
the requirements for the master's degree. It is strongly advised that application
for the master's degree be completed at the same time as the application for the specialist
credential is submitted. APPLY NOW!
The Master of Arts degree program in Education with an option in Multilingual Multicultural Education (MME) is designed to provide graduate candidates with an advanced level of research and professional preparation with regard to linguistically and culturally diverse learners (LCD).
The program prepares instructional leaders on challenges faced by LCD learners in Pk-16 educational settings. The courses provide educators with an understanding on the role of leadership within the context of global education systems as viewed and experienced by LCD communities. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be able to engage in leadership roles in the areas of staff development, student services, and/or higher educational settings. Furthermore, this specialized training will enhance further graduate study in doctoral programs. APPLY NOW!
The Master of Arts in Education with an option in Reading/Language Arts (offered in person and online) is an exceptional program that prepares you to function effectively as a skilled practitioner and a leader in the profession. The Master's degree provides specialized preparation in reading/language arts for classroom and resource teachers, for reading and language development specialists, for clinic and curriculum supervisors, and anyone interested in learning more about literacy. APPLY NOW!
Graduate students can also earn a Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential in order to advance their ability to work with students and teachers at the district
level and in school sites. The mission of the Reading/Literacy Leadership Specialist
Credential is to prepare teachers to be professional reading educators. Students pursuing
the credential in will learn to inspire other teachers to upgrade the reading/language
abilities of students through demonstrations of effective reading strategies, and
will be qualified to plan, organize, and develop reading programs for schools. In
addition to the admission requirements for the master’s degree, applicants must posses
a valid basic teaching license and have completed three years of teaching experience
by the time the credential is awarded. APPLY NOW!
The Reading/Literacy Added Authorization is for those individuals wanting to advance their ability to work with students and
teachers at various school sites. The mission of the Reading/Literacy Added Authorization
is to prepare teachers to be fluid in making curricular decisions about teaching reading
and how to meet the needs of students with varying language communication backgrounds.
In addition to the admission requirements for the master’s degree, applicants must
possess a basic teaching credential. APPLY NOW!
The Master of Arts in Special Education offers advanced preparation in mild/moderate disabilities and moderate/severe disabilities
and is closely related to course requirements for the Professional Level II Education
Specialist Credential program. It is expected that students seeking admission to the
Master of Arts in Special Education will possess a substantial entry-level background
in special education, such as having made significant progress toward completion of
the Preliminary Level I Education Specialist Credential program in mild/moderate or
moderate/severe disabilities. APPLY NOW!
The Professional Level II credential program offers specialization in mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities as described under the Preliminary Level I credential program. Candidates will have selected one of these professional paths for completion of the Preliminary Level I credential program. The selected specialization will be consistent with the work setting in which the candidate is employed and working under the Level I credential authorization.
Candidates may wish to pursue the Master of Arts in Special Education while completing
the requirements for the Professional Level II credential program. There is considerable
coursework consistency between the requirements of these two programs; the candidate
must meet the admission requirements of both programs should this be the educational
objective. Please note the requirements under Master of Arts in Special Education.
The online Master of Arts in Teaching integrates three themes - multicultural, social justice education, action research,
and Web-based teaching/learning - to improve school curriculum and instruction, help
close the achievement gap in our nation's public schools, and extend the academic
and technological foundation provided in teacher credentialing programs. The online
MAT focuses explicitly on applied advanced study in K-12 classrooms, incorporating
a mixture of more critically oriented theoretical and research skills, as well as
more emphasis on practitioner-oriented knowledge, skills and dispositions, to increase
learning for all students. Program applicants must have a teaching credential to be
admissible to the online MAT. APPLY NOW!
-- Administrative Services Internship Credential
Individuals who wish to serve as educational administrators must complete preliminary and advanced levels of preparation. Holders of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and the Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential are authorized to serve in such positions as district superintendent, principal, program director, and any related administrative assignments at all school levels. APPLY NOW!
In special circumstances, students may be eligible for the Administrative Internship Credential. This credential allows students to have a full-time position requiring an administrative credential while they are working toward the completion of the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential.
The purpose of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is to enhance the talents and skills of individuals who plan to devote their lives to the implementation of educational practices informed by research. Offered by California State University, Fresno, the Ed.D. program provides students with a broad view of educational problems and a strong background in social science theory. In addition, the program prepares students to conduct and interpret inquiries on which sound educational policy and practice can be anchored.
Students in the program benefit from the teaching and research expertise of established scholars and practitioners. The faculty hail from a number of academic disciplines: educational administration, education, anthropology, sociology, business, psychology, linguistics, and economics as well as from surrounding school districts.
All courses are taught in Fresno and are held during the late afternoons, evenings,
and/or the weekends to accommodate full-time working professionals. APPLY NOW!