Graduate and Professional Programs

Behavioral Science Gender Equity

The Masters of Arts Education, Behavioral Science Gender Equity Studies program offers the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the many political and social issues affecting gender constructs in schools, the workforce, and the impact on society.  The program prepares graduate to disseminate education in the areas of gender fair teaching practices and an understanding of diversity in the workplace. The purpose of the program is to offer graduate students an opportunity to be change agents in the educational system and to make a difference in student's lives which includes an understanding of intersectionality.  Many of the graduate students who enter the program are K-12 teachers.  Other students have backgrounds in various disciplines, including liberal studies, child development, communications studies, vocational education, political science, and business administration. Learn More

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. Learn More

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. Learn More

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 effectively lead and improve P-12 school systems and institutions of Higher Education. Past graduates of our program successfully serve in a broad variety of leadership roles within the P-12 and Higher Education setting both in the region and across the state, as well as throughout the nation and around the globe.

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Educational Technology

The newly revised iMET program emphasizes instructional design and educational technology and can be appropriate for students from a broad range of fields including education, business, technology, and others. The program emphasizes instructional design and educational technology and is offered through a cohort-based model where students go through the entire program together.

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Language and Literacy

The Master of Arts in Language and Literacy is a 30-unit program designed for the administrator, the classroom teacher, and the specialist teacher of language and literacy for pre-K thru adults. This degree prepares teachers to work with students with reading difficulties, and prepares teachers for language and literacy leadership roles at school and district levels. The courses in the program provide you with field experiences, a venue to research your own literacy, past and future, as well as answers to so many of those literacy questions that plague all effective reading teachers.

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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. Learn More

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. Learn More

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. Learn More

Teacher Education

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. Learn More


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