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Courses | M.A. in Education

Summary

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.



Curriculum Requirements

Assists Christian teachers and administrators to fulfill their roles as change agents. Focuses upon historical, cultural and social analyses of schools and society from a biblical perspective to help educators select pedagogical methods that harmonize with educational aims. Notes: A minimum grade of "B" required for Master's degree (a grade of "B-" is not sufficient). Grade Mode: A.
Students analyze human development, learning, motivation, and assessment theories through comparisons of primary and secondary source documents. Students use this analysis to create a personal vision and mission statement that will direct their continued growth as a professional educator. Notes: A minimum grade of "B" required for Master's degree (a grade of "B-" is not sufficient). Grade Mode: A.
Covers the design and analysis of experimental and nonexperimental research in the educational context. Basic principles include sampling, measurement, design validity, analysis, and research ethics. Definition and examples of qualitative research also included. Notes: A minimum grade of "B" required for Master's degree (a grade of "B-" is not sufficient). Grade Mode: A.
Historical, philosophical and social foundations of curriculum. Examination of curriculum research related to assessing, developing and organizing educational strategies. Notes: A minimum grade of "B" required for Master's degree (a grade of "B-" is not sufficient). Grade Mode: A.
Examines and analyzes current research and theories concerning the nature of culture and its relationship to the language, cognition, learning and academic achievement of the diverse student population of California and the U.S. in general. Consideration of the critical role of the teacher in understanding, using, valuing and communicating cultural knowledge for the purpose of maximizing educational objectives. Notes: A minimum grade of "B" required for Master's degree (a grade of "B-" is not sufficient). Grade Mode: A.
This course prepares the graduate student to write APA papers and conduct effective library research. This course also prepares the graduate student to submit journal articles, query letters, and book proposals to educational publishers. Notes: A minimum grade of "B" required for Master's degree (a "B-" is not sufficient). Grade Mode: A.
Students explore their role as leaders in the educational community, examining the change process within the context of curricular innovations and moral leadership. Paths for the capstone process are examined. Notes: A minimum grade of "B" required for Master's degree (a grade of "B-" is not sufficient). Grade Mode: A.
Students may elect to complete an instructional development project under the guidance of a faculty advisor. This option requires a literature review and a curriculum development project. Notes: Special approval required. Sign up for one credit per term. May take up to three terms to complete. A minimum grade of "B" required for Master's degree (a grade of "B-" is not sufficient). Restricted to petition to graduate. Grade Mode: V.
Students may elect to complete a published thesis under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The thesis involves a literature review and qualitative and/or quantitative research. Notes: Special approval required. Sign up for one credit per term. May take up to three terms to complete. A minimum grade of "B" required for Master's degree (a grade of "B-" is not sufficient). Restricted to petition to graduate. Grade Mode: V.
These electives (731, 732, 733) will be offered in cycle, with the breadth of the scope of each offering determined by: 1) the expertise of available faculty; 2) current issues of scholarly and practical importance; and 3) balance in regard to recent offerings. Grade Mode: A.

Concentrations

Induction/Clear Credential

This course provides support for the Clear Credential candidate to evaluate their beginning levels of teaching proficiency, proposed areas in which they wish to grow professionally, and to support them in achieving the professional growth goals identified to improve application of skills and knowledge learned during their preliminary credential program. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to submission of Coach and Placement Information form and CL-855 form. May be taken up to four times for credit. A minimum grade of "B-" is required. Grade Mode: A.

Graduates who are practicing teachers holding a SB2042 Multiple or Single Subject Preliminary Credential and who are in a CTC-approved district induction program may receive up to 12 credits of induction credit towards their M.A.Ed. or M.A.T. degree. Graduates complete district requirements and meet with Biola professors for monthly support during their first two years of teaching. Notes: Special approval required. Tuition for induction credits is one-third the normal graduate tuition. Grade Mode: A.
Graduates who are practicing teachers holding a SB2042 Multiple or Single Subject Preliminary Credential and who are in a CTC-approved district induction program may receive up to 12 credits of induction credit towards their M.A.Ed. or M.A.T. degree. Graduates complete district requirements and meet with Biola professors for monthly support during their first two years of teaching. Notes: Special approval required. Tuition for induction credits is one-third the normal graduate tuition. Grade Mode: A.
Graduates who are practicing teachers holding a SB2042 Multiple or Single Subject Preliminary Credential and who are in a CTC-approved district induction program may receive up to 12 credits of induction credit towards their M.A.Ed. or M.A.T. degree. Graduates complete district requirements and meet with Biola professors for monthly support during their first two years of teaching. Notes: Special approval required. Tuition for induction credits is one-third the normal graduate tuition. Grade Mode: A.
Graduates who are practicing teachers holding a SB2042 Multiple or Single Subject Preliminary Credential and who are in a CTC-approved district induction program may receive up to 12 credits of induction credit towards their M.A.Ed. or M.A.T. degree. Graduates complete district requirements and meet with Biola professors for monthly support during their first two years of teaching. Notes: Special approval required. Tuition for induction credits is one-third the normal graduate tuition. Grade Mode: A.

Personalized

Courses for this concentration must be approved by the Graduate Chair.

Curriculum and Instruction

Provides practice in researching and writing grants that are credible, scholarly, and comprehensive. Teaches authors how to promote their books by writing a focused, dynamic, and compelling book proposal to submit to educational publishers. Presents the steps in writing informative and credible textbooks that lead to publication. Notes: Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
Examines curricula that motivates and engages students to promote deeper learning. Teaches how to design curricula that focuses on key skills and competencies. Instructs how to construct curricula that develops creative thinkers and independent learners in order to promote higher student engagement. Notes: Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
Options: 1-2 week internship, working alongside national and international publishers to see how textbook publishing companies function; interactions with district, county, and/or state educational policy makers and/or administrators; development and editing of curriculum materials; working on the SOE online journal. Notes: Special approval required. Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. This course may require travel and housing fees for on-site practicums. Grade Mode: A.
This course explores current state and federal legislation affecting the educational community. Students also examine the key statutes and landmark court cases that have impacted the field of education. Practice in contacting lawmakers and lobbyists in order to express one's sentiments on a critical issue will be provided. Notes: Special approval required. This course may require travel. Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
This course presents the complex relationships in writing student texts, teacher's editions, and ancillary materials for gifted, EL, and special needs students. Incorporates guidance in providing formal and informal assessment opportunities for teachers using the text. Acquaints curricula writers with concept presentation through visual display, page layout, graphics, color, and type and working with layers of editorial staff. Notes: Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
Focuses on the essential elements required for productive school leadership as well as those characteristics of leadership that should be avoided. Provides several models for instructional leadership including building professional learning communities, coaching, and clinical supervision. Notes: Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B" or higher. Grade Mode: A.

Early Childhood

Basic concepts of cognitive development, including psychosocial, moral and language development. Define concepts related to the development of personality and temperament. Examine scope of physical development of children and the connections between health and learning. These theories are investigated in light of classroom implications for identifying and describing individual differences in the development of children. Covers the impact of genetic, sociocultural and socioeconomic factors on the development of children and young adolescents. Grade Mode: A.
Examines ways to create meaningful curriculum that is aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) program standards and the Common Core Standards. Teacher candidates develop curriculum plans that integrate language and literacy, mathematics, and play for children ages 3 to 6. Particular attention is given to the key role of adult-child interactions and teaching strategies supporting physical, social and intellectual development for all children. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 9-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Early Childhood permit candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
Examination of family, community, societal, and cultural influences on children's schooling and learning. Emphasis on strategies for integrating family members and community resources into the learning process. Exploration of culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approaches that support all children and their families. Lecture/Lab Hours: An 18-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Early Childhood permit candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
Overview of childhood behaviors and effective strategies for managing these behaviors in the classroom. Includes a review of learning and developmental theories. Effective strategies that facilitate active learning and differentiated instructional practices that support diverse learning needs are introduced. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 9-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Early Childhood permit candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
This course explores the selection and use of formal and informal assessments to determine initial information for facilitating individual learning strategies and environments. Candidates enhance observational skills, assessment abilities, and communication reporting to families. Particular attention is given to the selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of results obtained from assessments of young children to determine skills and abilities for the purpose of curriculum planning, learning environment design, and accommodations for children with special needs. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 12-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Early Childhood permit candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
This course provides an opportunity for child development permit candidates placed in practicum sites to explore the relationship between theory and practice. Developmental issues, the role of the early childhood educator, and the relationships between programs and families will be examined. Child development permit candidates will explore and practice techniques for the observation and recording of behavior, examine environments; and plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant practices for your children. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 75-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Early Childhood permit candidates must pass this course with a grade of B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for practicum. Grade Mode: A.

Special Education

A basic introduction to the history and educational philosophy of special education. Study of mild/moderate disabilities (specific learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, and emotional and behavioral disturbances). Examination of legal issues and laws pertaining to special education, giving attention to school compliance and student and parent rights. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
Introduction to the types and uses of assessments to identify the strengths and needs of exceptional learners and evaluate results to develop meaningful educational practice. Provides knowledge and skills necessary for selecting, administering, interpreting and reporting results of tests related to cognitive, affective, psychomotor and social development. Emphasis is given to translating assessment data into making informed educational decisions. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
Provides teacher candidates with knowledge of learning disabilities including definitions, causes, and characteristics of learning disabilities in children. Provides students' teachers the knowledge and skills to make accommodations and modifications (including adaptations with technology) for individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. Particular emphasis is given to working on Student Study Teams to design instruction to meet the individual needs of underperforming students, to making referrals with appropriate documentation, and to writing Individual Education Plans for students with identified learning disabilities. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
Focus on principles and procedures for modifying behavior in the classroom with emphasis given to the identification of factors that contribute to behavioral problems, systematic data collection, objective reporting, and implementation of various methods of reinforcement. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
This course offers an overview of student characteristics, theory and teaching applications for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Major theories, teaching approaches, trends, etiological and diagnostic issues, classroom structure and environmental arrangements, research-based instructional strategies, and family involvement will be discussed. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.

Single Subject Credential

Multiple Subject Credential

Special Education (Mild/Moderate) Credential

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