Areas of Study

The College of Education offers a comprehensive set of academic programs ranging from a minor to a full doctoral degree. Use the links below to view our programs by area of study.

Undergraduate

Areas of Study Description

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Deaf and hard-of-hearing people in American and global society. The core program promotes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, drawing from the areas of language, community, history, culture, and literature.

Career and Technical Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Studies (CTS) is a four-year college degree that can serve as a springboard for a master's degree or a career ladder into many other professions. The demand for traditional adult/vocational educators is expected to grow locally by 31% through 2016, with an anticipated 11,800 new positions yearly statewide. Additionally, general workforce education is an ongoing need in all industries. This degree can be applied to a variety of disciplines.

Child Development

Child Development students study physical, socio-emotional and cognitive growth and development of children from conception through adolescence. Our graduates pursue careers in day care, preschool teaching, administration, parent education, elementary school teaching, community college teaching, or work with a variety of counseling and community agencies that serve children and families.

Math Learning Skills

Math Learning Skills prepares students for college by offering two levels of preparatory coursework. Math Learning Skills also facilitates the academic transition of students from high schools and community colleges by providing diagnostic testing and placement, academic advising and articulation, and by participating in educational equity efforts.

Minors

A minor is a set number of units in a specific area of study that supplements a student's major area of study. A minor allows experience in an area of study beyond a primary major.

Graduate and Professional Studies

Areas of Study Description

Child Development

The Child Development program offers an opportunity for the advanced study of developmental theory and research in preparation for a wide range of professional objectives. The Master of Arts in Child Development emphasizes scholarly reflection on developmental issues, and academic excellence in oral and written communication. The program faculty values academic scholarship and research, and regards their application in professional settings as central to the mission of the undergraduate and MA program. Graduates of the program are expected to be well educated, lifelong learners, with excellent preparation in research, theory and practice in diverse, multicultural settings.

Counselor Education

The Counselor Education program seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs and concerns of a diverse society. Graduates leave with a strong foundation in counseling theories and techniques to apply in a multicultural society. Emphasis is placed on both personal and professional development with experiential learning infused throughout the entire curriculum. Several courses involve participation in community agencies and schools prior to the required supervised field study placements. As an important part of their development as professional counselors, students are encouraged to participate in their own personal counseling with professionals not affiliated with our educational programs.

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The mission of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program is to develop educational leaders from diverse backgrounds who will positively improve educational institutions and environments from pre-K through university to the professional levels.

Multicultural Education

The Multicultural Education graduate program explores theoretical and pedagogical issues of bilingualism, multiculturalism, educational equity, and social justice, offering courses and experiences to assist educators to work successfully in classrooms, schools, and educational agencies within our diverse State. The curriculum develops student's pedagogical, analytical, and planning skills in order to prepare them to operate effectively in the development, implementation and analysis of educational policies and programs affecting the academic lives of low income, and culturally and linguistically diverse K-12 students.

School Psychology

The School Psychology training model is based on a problem solving approach to school psychology practice because we believe it is the most effective approach for the delivery of school-based services to children, families, and staff. The course of study evolves from this philosophy and is designed to convey the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are necessary for our students to be effective practitioners.

Special Education

The EDS programs are a place where students experience life changing growth and learning. All of our programs have degree candidates and graduates who are in great demand in their respective fields and who are actively engaged with colleagues and other professionals at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Teacher Education

- Curriculum And Instruction

- Education Technology iMet

- Gender Equity Studies

- Language And Literacy

The professional educator brings together subject matter knowledge, appropriate strategies, and interpersonal skills essential to providing successful learning experiences. The contemporary teacher is well versed in individualized instruction and sensitive to developmental and socio-cultural issues involving the learner. The Teacher Education program offers the professional education components of credential programs for kindergarten through high school teaching.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling

The overall mission of the Sacramento State Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Program is to produce qualified rehabilitation counselors who possess the skills and dedication to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving self-determination, independence, meaningful employment, and full community integration. The program mission addresses the critical shortage of qualified rehabilitation counselors in the state of California and the nation and seeks to increase the number of counselors available to meet an ever-growing need.

Teaching Credentials

Areas of Study Description

Multiple Subject Credentials

The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom, such as the classrooms in most elementary schools (grades K-8).

Single Subject Credentials

The Single Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes, such as those in most middle schools and high schools.

Education Specialist Credentials

The Education Specialist Instruction credential programs authorize the holder to teach in the following disability areas of specialization: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, or Early Childhood Special Education. All specializations include the Autism Spectrum Disorder authorization and the English Learner authorization.