Instructor Qualifications Graduate Program Courses

All faculty teaching in Secondary Education graduate programs must have the following qualifications:

  1. They must meet UPS 270.103 requirements;
    Normally, 500-level graduate courses shall be taught by permanent (tenured o r tenure-track) faculty who have demonstrated mastery of the course topic by publications, creative exhibitions, or performances in the discipline. Temporary faculty (full or part-time lecturers) may be assigned to teach graduate courses after appropriate personnel review, subject to the approval of the college dean. Criteria for assessing the suitability of temporary faculty for graduate course teaching shall include a demonstration of mastery of the course topic by:
    (1) Possession of the appropriate terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D. or M.F.A.);
    (2) Appropriate publications, creative exhibitions, or performances in the discipline; and
    (3) Sufficient practical and applied experience.
  2. Have public secondary school teaching experience;
  3. Meet requirements of EDSC Technology Competency and capable of Blackboard course delivery;
  4. Have commitment to ongoing professional development in order to maintain currency in the field; and
  5. Meet specific qualifications as noted below.

EDSC 501 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Secondary Education

  • Experience advising graduate students
  • Current knowledge of the issues facing both students and faculty in the graduate program
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Member of the Graduate Program Committee

EDSC 502A/B/C/D New Teacher Induction, Assessment, and Support

  • Current knowledge of Induction credentialing requirements
  • Current knowledge of California Formative Assessment and Support System for Teachers
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Current knowledge of the graduate program
  • Ability to serve as an effective bridge between partner districts and the department

EDSC 504 Advanced Instructional Proficiency in Secondary Educational Technologies 

  • Graduate coursework/practical experience in the area of educational technologies
  • Knowledge of the literature on educational technologies in secondary school settings
  • Proficient user of educational technologies
  • Able to model basic web page design.

EDSC 506 Graduate Studies in Secondary School Writing

  • Graduate coursework/practical experience in teaching composition (MA or PhD in English, Rhetoric, Composition, or English Education preferred)
  • Knowledge of the literature on writing and the teaching of writing in secondary school settings
  • Must be a proficient writer; ideally, instructors will have practical experience writing for publication in areas outside of academia.
  • Knowledge of best practices in the teaching of writing (NWP model).

EDSC 522 Family, Community, and Professional Partnerships

  • Knowledge of research in the field of families and schools along with current publications in the field.
  • Knowledge of the history of family policies both locally and nationally.

EDSC 524 Assessing Student Learning

  • Expertise in educational measurement
  • Fluency in descriptive statistics
  • Current knowledge of standardized classroom-based assessments

EDSC 530 Graduate Studies in Mathematics Education

  • Graduate coursework in the area of mathematics education theory, practice, and research
  • Knowledge of learning theories in mathematics education
  • Current knowledge in critical issues in mathematics education at the secondary grades such as technology, assessment, gender equity, multiculturalism, and mathematics success for all students;
  • Experience in conducting mathematics education research

EDSC 535 Survey of Educational Research

  • Graduate coursework and expertise in the area of qualitative and/or quantitative research
  • Knowledge related to various types of educational research
  • Experience in conducting educational research

EDSC 536 Curriculum Theory and Development

  • Knowledge and training in curriculum and instruction.
  • Familiarity with the historical, theoretical, and ideological traditions on which modern curriculum relies
  • Knowledge of state and federal content and instructional standards
  • Ability to integrate the use of online resources in the development of curricular materials

EDSC 540 Graduate Studies in Teaching English Learners

  • Graduate coursework/expertise in working with linguistically and culturally diverse students
  • Knowledge of the research on cross-cultural, language and academic development of students, especially English language learners with linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge of second language acquisition, bilingual education, multicultural education, literacy development, SDAIE strategies
  • Public school teaching experience in diverse settings

EDSC 550 Instructional Strategies

  • Graduate coursework/practical experience in instructional strategies
  • Knowledge of the literature on research-based instructional strategies
  • Knowledge of peer coaching techniques
  • Experience in teacher evaluation/supervision

EDSC 591 Professional Seminar in Secondary Teaching

  • Knowledge of NBPTS standards and certification process
  • Completion of NBPTS facilitator training
  • Broad knowledge of research-based “best practice” — both general and content specific

EDSC 594 Project Seminar

  • Experience advising graduate students
  • Graduate coursework and expertise in a field of education
  • Knowledge of university and department policies of MSE graduate programs
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills

EDSC 595 Advanced Studies in Secondary Education

  • Experience advising graduate students
  • Graduate coursework and expertise in a field of education
  • Knowledge of university and department policies of MSE graduate programs
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills

EDSC 597 Project
EDSC 598 Thesis 

  • Experience advising graduate students
  • Graduate coursework and expertise in a field of education related to the candidate’s project/thesis
  • Knowledge of university and department policies of MSE graduate programs
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills

EDSC 599 Independent Graduate Research in Secondary Education

  • Experience advising graduate students
  • Graduate coursework and expertise in a field of education
  • Knowledge of university and department policies of MSE graduate programs
  • An attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Member of the Department of Secondary Education
  • Ability to supervise multiple students working independently
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