Master's Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Since Fall 2013, master’s students entering the program have had the choice of pursuing two tracks: the Research Master’s or the Professional Master’s. The Research Master’s is intended for students who plan to eventually complete a doctoral degree in Education, either at UCSB or at another institution. Doctoral students who do not already have a master’s degree in Education will be required to fulfill these requirements, which are a subset of the doctoral requirements. The minimum number of units for this master’s is 40. The Professional Master’s is a degree for students who do not plan to obtain a doctorate. The minimum number of units for this master’s is 36.

Research Master’s

Research Methodology Courses: Students are required to complete three research methodology courses:  both introductory courses and a third, more advanced course in either quantitative methodology or qualitative methodology.

Breadth Courses: Students must take one course from 3 of the 4 breadth menus below.

Language, Culture and Society

ED 202 Bilingual Language Development 4.0
ED 205 Anthropological Perspectives on Education 4.0
ED 210E Foundations of Sociocultural Learning Theory 4.0
ED 210F Cultural Psychology: Contemporary Sociocultural Learning Theory 4.0
ED 270H Language, Culture, and Learning 4.0
ED 272 Cultural Studies in Education 4.0

Learning and Teaching

ED 210A Advances in the Learning Sciences and Education 4.0
ED 219B Research on Classroom Teaching 4.0
ED 256 Technology and Learning Contexts 4.0
Ed 282 Research Along the Learning to Teach Continuum: Teacher Education, Induction, and Professional Development 4.0
ED 258J Seminar in Curriculum:  Development and Analysis 4.0

Policy, Organization, and Leadership

ED 240A Educational Policy 4.0
ED 241 Economics of Education 4.0
ED 242A Organizational Theories 4.0
ED 247A Educational Leadership 4.0

Development

ED 211B Development: Infancy and Early Childhood 4.0
ED 211C Development: Middle Childhood to Adolescence 4.0
ED 211G Theories in Human Development 4.0
ED 210B Introduction to Children’s Thinking 4.0
ED 222A Introduction to Exceptional Children 4.0
ED 228E Families and Disabilities 4.0

Elective Courses: Students are required to take 3 elective courses. The student’s advisor must approve the choice of electives.

Professional Master’s

Research Methodology Courses: Students are required to complete one introductory research methodology course in either quantitative methodology or qualitative methodology.

Breadth Courses: Students must take one course from 3 of the 4 breadth menus below.

Language, Culture and Society

ED 202 Bilingual Language Development 4.0
ED 205 Anthropological Perspectives on Education 4.0
ED 210E Foundations of Sociocultural Learning Theory 4.0
ED 210F Cultural Psychology:  Contemporary Sociocultural Learning Theory 4.0
ED 270H Language, Culture, and Learning 4.0
ED 272 Cultural Studies in Education 4.0

Learning and Teaching

ED 210A Advances in the Learning Sciences and Education 4.0
ED 219B Research on Classroom Teaching 4.0
ED 256 Technology and Learning Contexts 4.0
Ed 282 Research Along the Learning to Teach Continuum: Teacher Education, Induction, and Professional Development 4.0
ED 258J Seminar in Curriculum:  Development and Analysis 4.0

Policy, Organization, and Leadership

ED 240A Educational Policy 4.0
ED 241 Economics of Education 4.0
ED 242A Organizational Theories 4.0
ED 247A Educational Leadership

Development

ED 211B Development: Infancy and Early Childhood 4.0
ED 211C Development: Middle Childhood to Adolescence 4.0
ED 211G Theories in Human Development 4.0
ED 210B Introduction to Children’s Thinking 4.0
ED 222A Introduction to Exceptional Children 4.0
ED 228E Families and Disabilities 4.0

Elective Courses: Students are required to take 4 elective courses. Four additional units can be completed through independent study or one more elective.

Milestone Requirements

Research Master’s

Research Apprenticeship: During the first year, each student is required to participate in a research apprenticeship under the guidance of his or her faculty advisor or another qualified faculty member. The purpose of the apprenticeship is to acquaint students with the hands-on conduct of research by having them participate in the research activities of a faculty mentor.

Research Project: The Independent Research Project should involve a topic of interest to the student and the student should assume major responsibility for all aspects of the project, from the review of research, through data collection, to analysis. Completion of the project should result in a paper that is appropriate for submission for publication. There is an oral defense of the project.

Professional Master’s

Research Project or Comprehensive Exam: The professional master’s gives the choice of either a Research Project (described above) or a comprehensive exam designed by the student’s faculty committee.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Department is currently working on identifying the Program Learning Outcomes for its master's students.

 

Additional Resources

All degree requirements are listed in greater detail on the MA Degree Sheet (PDF).

All milestone requriements are listed in greater detail in the Student Handbook and here (PDF).