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2020-2021 University Catalog 
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Secondary Education, Department of

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Department Chair

Natalie Tran

Department Office/Website

College Park 600


Debra Ambrosetti, Minerva Chávez, Grace Cho, Victoria Brookhart Costa, Alison Dover, Mark Ellis, Maria Grant, Nick Henning, Kira LeeKeenan, Antoinette Linton, Josephine Pham, Lynda Randall, Fernando Rodriguez-Valls, Kristen Shand, Chris Street, Gavin Tierney, Patrice Waller


The mission of the Department of Secondary Education is to develop quality secondary school teachers. We are committed to providing a program that reflects the complex contexts of the secondary classroom, and models a professional community where learning is interactive and dynamic. Our philosophy is to prepare educational leaders through a course of study that bases practice upon knowledge of current research in curriculum and instruction. We develop students as life-long learners, reflective practitioners and change agents who positively influence decision-making in schools and communities to improve the education of adolescents.

Degree Description

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Secondary Education degree (MSE), graduate students, including middle and high school teachers, will have upgraded their teaching skills, become informed about new ideas in secondary teaching and will be well prepared to take on leadership roles in public and private schools. Candidates develop expertise with standards initiatives as they move through the program as a cohort. Additionally, the cohort-based model of this program enables a true learning community to develop. The WASC-accredited program is taught by full-time graduate faculty members with significant K-12 and university teaching experiences. As such, all learning experiences blend theory with practice. Successful candidates are able to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and dispositions through one of several culminating experience options, including a thesis, comprehensive examination, national board certification, curriculum development, action research or writing for publication.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered


    Master of ScienceNon-Degree


      Secondary Education

      Courses are designated as EDSC in the class schedule.

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