Program Overview

La Sierra University in Riverside, CA, in conjunction with their School of Education offers an online Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. The program is designed for educators who would like a graduate level education and are primarily interested in teaching. The curriculum has been designed to cover a core of professional and academic courses to better serve students in the PK-12 school years. The flexibility of the online format allows students to build expertise in a particular area of interest while continuing responsibilities to family and current careers. The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction requires a minimum of 45 units post-baccalaureate coursework. Teachers and other professionals who desire to advance in career positions will graduate with a foundation in curriculum, instruction, educational psychology, research design, and educational statistics. 

The Master of Art in Teaching (M.A.T) fulfills the requirements for either the service credentials prescribed by the North American pision of Seventh-day Adventists Department of Education and/or the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for multiple and/or single subject. The M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction is broken down into three sections; core coursework, required courses for the C&I concentration and a set of 12 credit hours for electives  The 33 credit hours needed for the core courses consist of a structured online coursework including:

18 credit hours worth of Core courses: 

Integration of Faith and Learning

Methods and Materials of Research

Educational Organization and Leadership

Curriculum Planning

Counseling Theory and Practice

Masters Project OR a Thesis

The 15 credit hour requirements for the Curriculum and Instruction concentration cover topics such as:  

Analysis of Curricular Alternatives

Philosophical Aspects of Christian Education

Learning and Assessment

Seminar in Current Trends

Cooperative Learning

Instructional Models and Origins of Learning

Graduates have the option to advance in a variety of educational positions: Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment for a large school district; teacher on special assignment for mathematics; literacy coach; teaching assistant and doctoral student in educational technology; grade level teacher-leader; high school department chair; educational consultant; education coordinator for a national corporation; research associate for state and federal grants. Graduates may also choose to remain in the classroom and use the knowledge gained to enhance their instructional effectiveness. The program is a pathway to meet professional goals. The mission behind La Sierra University is “To Seek, To Know, and To Serve”  all areas of campus encouraging students to develop a deeper relationship with God.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


    Students must have a four year bachelor’s degree with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university.

    School Overview

    La Sierra University is a four-year private Seventh-day Adventist university that was founded in1922 in the large city of Riverside, California. After changing name and ownership for many years, La Sierra separated itself to become an independent institution in 1990. The school was named La Sierra based on the large Mexican land grant, Rancho La Sierra, that the school lies on today.  

    The University has five different schools, all of which operate on a quarter academic calendar, including: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Religion, Division of Continuing Studies, and School of Education which offer certificates, undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and doctoral level degrees. Many students continue their medical education at Loma Linda University, which is nearby and has many connections with La Sierra University. Teacher certification, distance learning, study abroad, and weekend/evening classes are available to students as well as remedial tutoring, academic/career counseling, employment services, and placement services.


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