The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Education (MA-IDE) is designed for people interested in expanding their knowledge about the field of education, such as those involved in higher education, school programs, corporations, foundations, non-governmental organizations, start-up companies, and community organizations. A common core of 10 courses is complemented by courses from the emphasis areas plus electives selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.
Students in the MA-IDE must choose one of the five emphasis areas, depending on their interests:
Alternative and Correctional Education
The emphasis in Alternative and Correctional Education is a unique curriculum jointly offered by the departments of Education and Counseling Psychology. This program offers specialized training for teachers, counselors, administrators and others wishing to increase their professional effectiveness with students who are in alternative and correctional educational settings. Those enrolling in this emphasis must be able to pass a law enforcement background check due to security clearance for required field trips.
Curriculum & Instruction
The 15 courses in this emphasis are designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of new and experienced practicing preK-12 teachers in six major areas: (1) Improve learning outcomes for K-12 students with identified and unidentified learning challenges, (2) Improve learning outcomes for K-12 English Language Learners (ELLs), (3) Improve learning outcomes for K-12 students with low socioeconomic-status, (4) Increase reading and writing proficiency for all K-12 students, (5) Increase mathematics and quantitative reasoning proficiency for all K-12 students, and (6) Strengthen foundational knowledge of teaching, learning and schooling.
Science, Technology, Environmental Education, and Mathematics (STEEM)
This emphasis consists of 5 courses designed to offer candidates a rich and truly interdisciplinary option to further expand their content, pedagogical, and technological knowledge in these areas of practice. The environment serves as a connecting theme across all courses in this emphasis. Technology applications and skills are emphasized throughout the program with the goal of enhancing teaching practices and learning achievement. Connections among the disciplines to the real world are a major focus.
International Education (IE)
This emphasis is designed for new teachers as well as experienced educators interested in exploring professional practice in private or public schools in foreign countries, or in a better and deeper understanding of the field of education in the U.S. contrasted with other contexts.
Learning with Technology
Technology is transforming how schools function and how teachers and students work in the classroom. The courses in this emphasis are designed to provide students with a big-picture view of these changes as well as practical skills they can use in everyday practice in a variety of contexts, within and outside of schools.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
International Student Requirements:
- Online application
- Two letters of recommendation
- Resume or CV
- Two copies of official transcripts from bachelor's degree granting institution and any other institutions attended
- Previous experience in a human services setting (paid, non paid, volunteer, internship, observation)
- TOEFL exam score of 9 or an IELTS score of 6.5
- International education evaluation by a NACES approved agency
- Copy of passport
- Proof of funds (if accepted, only)
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 45
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $538 USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Midsize City
Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999