Important Dates

Fall 2024 Deadline
Cal State Apply Application April 1st
C&I Supplemental Materials April 1st
Program Start Fall Quarter 
Program End Summer Quarter 

Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction

The M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to support school-based educators in developing advanced knowledge and skill with research-based practices necessary to promote PK-16 students’ development of the multiple literacies needed to meet the demands of the 21st century. A program emphasis is to create a professional learning community of the school- and university-based members of the program, with a common goal of advancing teaching practice to foster student learning.

Program Features 

  • 4 quarters of coursework, including up to 12 agreed-upon transfer units,
  • A culminating action research project,
  • Online course delivery to accommodate the schedule of working professionals;
  • Paths for early childhood, elementary, secondary and higher education, and
  • Program faculty with expertise in classrooms.

Admission Requirements

  • A teaching credential (by start of program) OR two years of PK-16 teaching experience;
  • Access to an educational setting for conducting action research.


  Program Coordinator

Dr. Tanya Flushman

Phone: 805.756.5537
Office: Building 02 Room 133


SOE General Advisors


Please email with questions.

Credential Office Advising Hours

Use Bookings* to schedule a virtual advising appointment.


*Alternate times are available by appointment; please email for additional times.

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