Master's Programs

Department: Child and Family Development (CFD)

The focus of the program is on social and emotional development and on child development in context (e.g. early childhood education programs, schools, families, communities). This program can help students move onto Ph.D. programs in related areas, and to further their professional expertise and credentials in areas related to children and families. Areas of emphasis in the program include: early childhood development, prevention, intervention, family processes, risk and resilience, development across the lifespan, parent-child intergenerational relationships, enhancing school readiness and preparing teachers to work with families, socio-emotional and behavior support in educational settings and homes, influences of language and culture, and atypical development.

Advising

For program advising contact Dr. Alyson Shapiro

Department: Child and Family Development (CFD)

The Master of Science in Child Development with a Concentration in Early Childhood Mental Health is designed to prepare students who wish to pursue clinical licensure under the Board of Behavioral Sciences- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Additionally, the program provides a specialization to prepare clinicians for practice in the field of early childhood mental health. The LPCC concentration fulfills the coursework and clinical practicum requirements for licensure through the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Advising

For program advising contact Dr. Alyson Shapiro


Department: Counseling and School Psychology (CSP)

For over 40 years, the CBB Program has prepared unlicensed counselors to work with individuals and communities. In Fall 2014, the one-year CBB Program became a two-year program that will prepare students to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). The two-year block program meets all of the requirements for the 60-unit MASTER OF COUNSELING with a concentration in Multicultural Community Counseling and fulfills the California Board of Behavioral Sciences’ requirements for Professional Clinical Counselor Licensure.

Advising

For program advising contact [email protected]

Department: Counseling and School Psychology (CSP)

The Master of Arts degree seeks to prepare professionals to address the mental health and relational needs of culturally different populations. The degree covers contemporary mental health practices that focus on mental health recovery and trauma-informed care including integrated recovery and strength-based approaches. The degree is a wonderful building block for individuals interested in being better equipped to work with the mental health needs of their clients and/or students, develop professionals’ skills to work in a wide range of helping related fields and uncover leadership and relational skills that are critical to working with the lives diverse populations. The degree is also valuable for meeting entry requirements into doctoral study.

Advising

For program advising contact [email protected]

Department: Dual Language and English Learner Education (DLE)

The Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (DLE) offers an MA Program that provides teachers and others in the education profession with skills in critiquing current school programs from a social equity and social justice perspective.

The program is designed to:

  1. Develop school-wide curriculum change focusing on critical literacy.
  2. Focus on the integration of language, culture, and codes of power as part of the development of school programs.
  3. Examine curriculum from a constructivist perspective that recognizes the voices of students, community and teachers as one learning community who inform curriculum and program design.
  4. Introduce participants to the concepts and the authors of critical pedagogy; a theory of education that gives professionals the opportunity to reflect on their own educational beliefs, practices, and processes in the context of standard curriculum, high stakes testing, and curriculum reform.
  5. Gives teachers the voice and tools to reflect upon their teaching methodology vis-a-vis their student's critical thinking;
  6. Promote equality and social justice through action research within the school and community.
Advising

For program advising contact [email protected]

Department: Educational Leadership (EDL)

The M.A. in Educational Leadership Program is designed for school administrators and teachers who aspire to a leadership role in PK-12 education. The M.A. in PK-12 Educational Leadership requires students to complete coursework required for the administrative credential plus 9 additional units related to research and the completion of an action research project which takes place of the traditional thesis paper required for most M.A. degree majors.

Advising

For program advising contact Rachael Stewart

Department: Educational Leadership (EDL)

SDSU's Department of Educational Leadership invites educators to apply to SDSU's fully-online Master of Arts in Education, taught with a focus on technology.

This program is designed for teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators aspiring to be leaders who understand technology integration at the classroom, school or district level, and for those who wish to lead the revolution in training students to use technology in tandem with critical thinking.

Advising

For program advising contact Rachael Stewart

Department: Counseling and School Psychology (CSP)

San Diego State University's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program is a full-time cohort model program with new enrollments once a year. It is an intensive program offering extensive clinical experience and rigorous academic studies to prepare students to practice as highly competent entry-level MFT's. In order to complete all requirements of the program students typically complete two years of study including 3 summers starting in early June of the first year and finishing at in the end of August in the second year.

Graduates of our program are able to provide therapeutic services and facilitate related change processes with a focus on social justice in variety of settings. As students, they participate in learning and practicing systemic and social constructionist ideas through the culturally-infused curriculum, and intensive strength-based, community-focused clinical training. Our affordable program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Advising

For program advising contact [email protected]

Department: Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Ed (ARPE)

Mission: Prepare self-aware, emotionally intelligent, adaptable, compassionate, and highly competent transformational leaders who will improve access, equity, and holistic student success in all of higher education.

Program Cornerstones/Goals:

1. Self-Aware, Compassionate, Adaptive, Transformational Leaders
2. Evidence-Based Inquiry to Advance Access, Equity, and Student Success
3. Socially Just Resource Stewards

Advising

For program advising contact Dr Lisa Gates

Department: School of Teacher Education (STE)

The MA in Reading Education degree, Reading Certificate, and Reading Specialist Credential programs are designed to provide increased knowledge and skill for those who are or wish to become reading/language arts specialists in public or private schools, clinics, and at community colleges. The program is also ideal for elementary and secondary teachers who plan to remain in the classroom but who wish to deepen their theoretical and practical understandings about the teaching of reading and the language arts. Candidates are prepared to teach, tutor, develop curriculum, offer in-service instruction and administer reading centers for students ranging from preK through community college. The MA in Reading Education degree is often earned concurrently with a California Reading Specialist Credential.

Advising

For program advising contact Dr. Marva Cappello

Department: Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Ed (ARPE)

The Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education (ARPE) prepares students to be effective practitioners, administrators, and leaders in the field of Rehabilitation. The degree has been accredited by the Commission on Rehabilitation Education since 1975.

Students in the SDSU RCP can complete the Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling degree through both on-campus and distance options. Both options are 60 units and typically take two and half to three years to complete.

Students enrolled in the MS in Rehabilitation Counseling have several options for specializing in specific areas of study, including the following: Cognitive Disabilities, Rehabilitation Technology, Supported Employment and Transition Services, and Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Advising

For program advising contact Dr. Mark Tucker.

Department: Counseling and School Psychology (CSP)

The mission of the SDSU School Counseling program is to prepare school counselors to become leaders, advocates, and systems change agents in our diverse schools. As an integral part of the total educational program for student success, school counselors learn to design, develop, implement and evaluate their comprehensive school counseling program to ensure that every student receives developmentally appropriate competencies in academic, career and personal/social development. School counselors become professional student advocates who promote equity and access to a rigorous education for every student and who work to prevent and remove barriers to learning. Our School Counseling graduates develop themselves as culturally sustaining leaders in educational transformation and social justice in the schools and communities they serve.

Advising

For program advising contact [email protected]

Department: School of Teacher Education (STE)

We seek K-12 teachers who are interested in exploring how to teach math and/or science more effectively. You do not need to be a math or science expert to join the program. You do, however, need to have an interest in furthering your knowledge of math and science ideas in the K-12 curriculum, how children think about math and science, how math and science instruction can empower all children rather than an elite few, and how research can improve instruction.

Advising

For program advising contact Dr Lisa Lamb (Math) or Dr Meredith Houle Vaughn (Science)

Department: School of Teacher Education (STE)

This completely online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Elementary Education and Secondary Education program is designed for those who are inspired to be responsive and innovative K-12 master teachers. Our program foundation rests in social justice and equity in education.

The program offers the same high quality as our face-to-face instructional program, however, with the added flexibility for you to complete instruction when it is most convenient, rather than having to arrive at a particular time on campus during the work week. This program also provides program credit for teachers who have earned their credential in the last six years.*

Advising

For program advising contact [email protected]

Department: School of Teacher Education (STE)

This TWO summer, 30-unit degree program includes attending a conference at SDSU each summer. The speakers at the conference are international experts in literacy who discuss state-of-the-art instructional strategies in literacy. Each summer you will take 3 additional courses in literacy theory, research and practice that result in effective instruction. This summer program is designed to meet the schedules of traditional and year round teachers because the courses meet in the afternoon. You will also receive up to 6 units of credit for credential course work completed in the past 4 years.

Advising

For program advising contact Melanie Falkenberg at [email protected]

Department: Special Education (SPED)

 The Department of Special Education at San Diego State University offers an M.A. degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism.

This masters degree embeds an approved course sequence for the BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). The M.A. degree also embeds most of the Clear coursework for the Moderate/Severe and Early Childhood credentials in California.

Advising

For program advising contact Dr Laura Hall

Department: Special Education (SPED)

This program is for those who hold a Preliminary Ed Specialist credential in Early Childhood and wish to apply for the Master's and/or Clear credential in Early Childhood.

Advising

For program advising contact Dr Yasemin Turan

Department: Special Education (SPED)

This program is for those who hold a Preliminary Ed Specialist credential in Mild/Moderate and wish to apply for the Master's and/or Clear credential in Mild/Moderate.

Advising

For program advising contact Dr Regina Brandon

Department: Special Education (SPED)

This program is for those who hold a Preliminary Ed Specialist credential in Moderate/Severe and wish to apply for the Master's and/or Clear credential in Moderate/Severe.

Advising

For program advising contact Dr Bonnie Kraemer