Program Overview

California State University in Fullerton offers an innovative online degree program, which is designed to satisfy a busy professional student’s need for higher education while staying committed to current careers, community involvement or family. The Master of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction can be completed entirely through a virtual classroom, allowing students the flexibility to earn a degree to pursue advanced career opportunities. 

Many state teaching licensing agencies recommend that practicing teachers supplement already learned foundations with new and changing essential teaching methods. The MS in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction can satisfy the needs of current teacher’s aspirations. The program is comprised of core courses, strategically chosen to fulfill prerequisites, in addition to the student’s option of specializing in a particular area of elementary education. Students can follow concentration paths for one of six areas including: Diversity, Early Childhood Education, Math and Science, Technology in Education, Professional Inquiry and Practice (PIP) and Staff Development/Mentor Teacher. 

The program fosters a guideline of the ‘four C’s’; critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration. Using the ‘four C’s’, student teachers will be able to maximize the learned courses when applying new methods of teaching in the K-12 educational environment. Graduate students may use the MS degree for advancement in current teaching roles or when seeking to expand into a new field within the education system.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    NCATE accredited


    • Four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • 3.0 GPA for last 60 units
    • Teaching credential (preliminary or clear) or equivalent experience

    School Overview

    Number twelve: that describes the beginnings of California State University, Fullerton, in 1957, when the California Legislature approved the establishment of a 12th State College. Today, the University bears little resemblance to its founding. Located in Orange County, California, just thirty miles south of Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton offers 100-plus undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctorate degrees housed in nine colleges:
    • College of the Arts
    • Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
    • College of Communications
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering and Computer Sciences
    • College of Health and Human Development
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • University Extended Education

    Non-traditional students can earn degrees or complete credit courses through evening programs and online learning. Cal State Fullerton offers online degrees in addition to multiple certificates and programs, In addition, a variety of online courses are also offered via the College of University Extended Education. Courses are typically asynchronous, and students complete weekly assignments, including discussion boards. Cal State Fullerton also offers self-paced coursework through CD-ROMs.


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