Program Overview

California State University in Bakersfield offers graduate students the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Education degree with a concentration in curriculum and instruction through an online learning format.

The curriculum & instruction masters program is designed for practicing teachers seeking to build on already learned foundations while enhancing their skills and understanding of curriculum development, implementation, and assessment. Non-practicing teachers can benefit from the curriculum and instruction program as well, by applying the coursework to professional development as specialists in community college settings, instructors, coaches and many other ventures.

Within the curriculum and instruction program, students also have the option of specializing their education by choosing an area of focus from several elective courses. The MA in Education requires five core courses, plus a course in educational technology in addition to the chosen electives. The broad range of areas of interest in the electives includes courses covering:
• Advanced Educational Psychology & Learning Theory
• The Gifted, Talented, and Creative Child
• Curriculum Evaluation & Performance Based Assessment
• Concepts of Science Education

Graduates must complete all core coursework, in addition to chosen electives, to be considered eligible for the Masters degree designation. Student outcomes are assessed throughout the program as well as in a culminating 5 credit hours of thesis courses, demonstrating a full grasp of the MA in Education programs objectives.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    The MA in Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


    1) Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university
    2) A 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate coursework
    3) A Valid Teaching Credential


    School Overview

    The California State University System recognized a need for a college in the San Joaquin Valley region, so in 1970, California State University Bakersfield, the 19th member of the University System, opened.

    CSU Bakersfield awards undergraduate and graduate degrees, including Master’s degrees. CSU Bakersfield houses four academic colleges: 

    • School of Business and Public Administration
    • School of Social Sciences and Education
    • School of Arts and Humanities
    • School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering

    Meeting the demands for distance learning programming, CSU Bakersfield also offers online degrees, housed in the Extended University Division. The Extended University Division manages extension programming and certificates, lifelong learning for adults, regional degree programs, along with the online campus. Online degree programs vary from complete distance education coursework to blended online and on-site formatting.


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