The Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum &
Instruction) is intended for teachers in schools and other
educational organizations. With an emphasis on classroom-based
research, the program focuses on real-world, hands-on issues that
instructors face on a daily basis. Educators will learn to
develop and enhance expertise in their particular field of
interest related to K-12, after-school, or adult education.
The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program is designed for
busy professionals and is offered 100% online1.
Program coursework will explore critical intellectual questions
of contemporary education that are not only of interest to our
teacher-leaders, but also children and families in their
“My professors are accessible and eager to support my work, and
I appreciate that every assignment has a purpose.”
– Deepti Reim, student
100% online format, with classes designed to fit your busy
One-year program with fall, spring and summer semesters
Potential to advance your career and transform your practice
Gain skills in action research and expand your professional
Earn your master’s degree and diploma from Sacramento State
Graduates of this program will discover the knowledge, skills,
and solutions needed to lead efforts of meaningful change in
their current positions and beyond. Admission as a classified
graduate student requires:
a baccalaureate degree;
a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units;
proficiency in written English composition as demonstrated by
either passing the Sacramento State Writing Placement for Juniors
exam or equivalent, or enrolling in ENGL 109W passing
with a grade of C or better;
be a practicing teacher (TK-university) at the start of the
program and have regular access to a classroom of students in
order to engage in research; and
an interview with a program administrator/faculty team may be
All students in the program must have access to a classroom
setting in order to complete program requirements. If you
are not a current teacher, please connect with the program staff
prior to applying in order to determine how you
may be able to meet this requirement.
This program is offered in a condensed format of fall, spring and
summer semesters in an online format. The program can be
completed in one year if 6 units from BTSA/Induction and/or
other approved electives are transferred.
Each course produces an ideal blend of theory, research and
practice in one’s own classroom (or in a pre-approved
educational setting) along with a culminating experience
that is grounded in action research and project based learning.
It is essential that students in the program have access to a
classroom setting during fall and spring semesters.
While fully online, courses are approximately 25%
synchronous (in real time) and 75%
asynchronous (on your own schedule within a given
Click the links below to view the master schedule and online
course descriptions 2019-20.
The program cost is $495 per unit or $1,485 per course.
Total program cost is $11,880 (for 24 units). However, if
you don’t have 6 transferable units from BTSA/Induction and/or
other approved electives, you will need to take 2 additional
electives (6 units), which would be an additional $2,970.
You can pay for each course as you enroll.
Application fees include the $70 non-refundable university
application fee paid online through CSU Apply, and a $50
departmental fee which is paid upon formal admission to the
program. Admitted students will be given instructions for
how to pay the $50 departmental fee.
Note: At Sacramento State, we strive to offer the highest
quality educational programs at an affordable cost. While
the course fees for many graduate programs have remained constant
for 5 years, fees may likely increase in Fall 2024 in order to
continue providing the highest quality program.