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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Core Curriculum Courses: 32 quarter hours (8 courses) required, grade of C or better required 

Core curriculum classes are offered every other year (except CS 492 and CS 493, which also serve other programs). CS Students should prioritize CS classes when registering each quarter, should plan classes carefully, and should periodically review their course plan and degree progress report with their academic advisor in order to avoid delays in degree completion.

Electives: 8 quarter hours (2 courses) required, grade of C or better required

  • 2 Master’s-level courses, chosen in consultation with CS faculty advisor         

Social and Cultural Studies Courses: 8 quarter hours (2 courses) required, grade of C or better required

Choose one: Thesis (MA) or Capstone (MEd):

  • Master of Arts (MA) Degree Requirements: 4 quarter hours, grade of C or better required

The Master’s Thesis is completed in conjunction with faculty advisement.  Preparation for the writing of the Thesis should begin well in advance of the completion of coursework. Oral examination on Thesis required.  Consult the MA Thesis Handbook for additional information.  

  • Master of Education (MEd) Degree Requirements: 4 quarter hours, grade of C or better required

This class supports students as they develop a master’s paper or site-based practicum project. The master’s paper or practicum project offer students an opportunity to demonstrate, in an educational setting, the curricular and leadership skills developed during the master’s program.

Academic Standards

Students must maintain a 3.0 average or higher to continue in the program.  Any grade below a C will not count for credit toward completion of the program. 

Curriculum Studies with Teacher Leader Endorsement

Course Requirements (13 courses, 52 qh)

Core Teacher Leader Core Courses: 40 quarter hours (10 courses) required, grade of C or better required

Sub-Specialization (2 courses)

Elective Course Sequence: 8 quarter hours, choose 2 courses beyond the core coursework, students will be allowed to elect a sub-specialization from among the following graduate program areas:

Administrative Concentration Option

Curriculum Studies Concentration Option*

Bilingual Bicultural Concentration Option

Foundations Concentration (SCG) Option

  • Two advanced standing courses to be determined by the program faculty.

*Strongly encouraged for CS master’s students

Capstone Course Requirement (1 course)

This class supports students as they develop a master’s paper or site-based practicum project. The master’s paper or practicum project offer students an opportunity to demonstrate, in an educational setting, the curricular and leadership skills developed during the master’s program.

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