UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2024-2025

Programs

Bachelor's Program(s)

Deaf Studies, B.A.

The primary objectives of the Deaf Studies major program are: (1) to convey basic knowledge and understanding about the language and culture of Deaf people, including their history and social experiences and (2) to prepare students for advanced degree programs and/or professional careers working with Deaf people. CSUN is proud to be one of the …

Master's Program(s)

Early Childhood Educational Psychology, M.A.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Early Childhood Educational Psychology prepares individuals to demonstrate mastery of national and state professional standards and competencies, leadership, and teaching roles in programs serving children ranging in age from birth through 8 years and their families, depending on the school system and/or state regulations. Students are prepared to teach …

Educational Administration, M.A.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers programs leading to degrees and/or credentials in the field of Educational Administration. Students may pursue programs leading to an M.A. degree in Educational Administration, Higher Education or K-12, as well as studies directed at achieving the Preliminary and Clear Administrative Services Credentials.

Educational Technology, M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology is designed to prepare teachers, technology coordinators and software developers to implement current technology tools in education and to evaluate future technologies as they emerge. This program targets middle and high school teachers but often includes students from elementary schools, higher education and industry. Program graduates have …

Educational Therapy, M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Therapy is an online program designed to prepare individuals to become Educational Therapy practitioners who are specifically trained to combine educational and therapeutic approaches that address the needs of children, adolescents and adults with learning challenges. Educational therapists provide intensive services to their clients, including creating and implementing …

Elementary Education, M.A.

Multilingual and Multicultural Option

The Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree builds on the competencies developed in the Multiple Subject Credential program and is designed to provide candidates with advanced professional preparation in education for (1) assuming differentiated careers in school districts, professional organizations, and the community; and (2) continuing into a doctoral program. Multilingual and Multicultural Option: …

Elementary Education, M.A.

Language and Literacy Option

The Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree builds on the competencies developed in the Multiple Subject Credential program and is designed to provide candidates with advanced professional preparation in education for (1) assuming differentiated careers in school districts, professional organizations, and the community; and (2) continuing into a doctoral program. Language and Literacy Option: …

Elementary Education, M.A.

Curriculum and Instruction Option

The Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree builds on the competencies developed in the Multiple Subject Credential program and is designed to provide candidates with advanced professional preparation in education for (1) assuming differentiated careers in school districts, professional organizations, and the community; and (2) continuing into a doctoral program. Curriculum and Instruction Option: …

Higher Education Leadership, M.A.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers programs leading to degrees and/or credentials in the field of Educational Administration. Students may pursue programs leading to an M.A. degree in Educational Administration or Higher Education Leadership, as well as studies directed at achieving the Preliminary and Clear Administrative Services Credentials. Students choosing the master’s degree …

Instructional Design, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Instructional Design will provide learners with in-depth knowledge and applicable skills in the areas of learning theory for various populations as well as learning assessment and evaluation. The program also instills project management skills that are unique to the instructional design field as well as the ability to work with …

Multicultural and Multilingual Education in Secondary Schools, M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in Multicultural and Multilingual Education in Secondary Schools is developed in response to demographic shifts in California public schools toward multicultural and multilingual student populations. This program is for secondary and other educators who work with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The Master of Arts degree in Multicultural …

Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, M.A.

…mentor teaching, supervision of student teachers, positions as curriculum-development specialists, department chairs and/or doctoral study. School districts frequently award salary increases to teachers holding master’s degrees, and master’s degrees are…

Secondary English Education, M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in Secondary English Education is designed to prepare secondary English Language Arts teachers for advancement to roles as department chairs, literacy coaches or teacher leaders; for leading conference sessions or workshops; and for further study at the doctoral level; in addition to becoming more effective teachers. School districts frequently award …

Secondary Mathematics Education, M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in Secondary Mathematics Education is designed to prepare secondary mathematics teachers for advancement to mentor teaching, supervision of student teachers, positions as mathematics-teaching specialists or mathematics-department chairpersons, or doctoral study, in addition to becoming more effective teachers. School districts frequently award salary increases to teachers who hold master’s degrees, and …

Secondary Science Education, M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in Secondary Science Education is designed to prepare secondary science teachers for advancement to mentor teaching, supervision of student teachers, positions as science-teaching specialists or science-department chairpersons, and/or doctoral study, in addition to becoming more effective teachers. School districts frequently award salary increases to teachers who hold master’s degrees, and …

Special Education, M.A.

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Option

The Master of Arts degree in Special Education builds upon the competencies developed in the Preliminary Education Specialist and Induction Education Specialist Credential programs. This degree is designed to prepare graduates for positions of leadership, advocacy and scholarship in schools, the community and within the overall profession of special education. Toward this end, faculty members …

Special Education, M.A.

Early Childhood Special Education Option

The Master of Arts degree in Special Education builds upon the competencies developed in the Preliminary Education Specialist and Induction Education Specialist Credential programs. This degree is designed to prepare graduates for positions of leadership, advocacy and scholarship in schools, the community and within the overall profession of special education. Toward this end, faculty members …

Special Education, M.A.

Mild/Moderate and Extensive Support Needs Option

The Master of Arts degree in Special Education builds upon the competencies developed in the Preliminary Education Specialist and Induction Education Specialist Credential programs. This degree is designed to prepare graduates for positions of leadership, advocacy and scholarship in schools, the community and within the overall profession of special education. Toward this end, faculty members …

Counseling, M.S.

LPCC Sub-Option Option

Current advanced classified Master of Science in Counseling (College Counseling/Student Services; Career Counseling, and School Counseling options) students may apply to add the additional courses required pre-master’s for the California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license. The California Board for Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is the licensing agency for professional clinical counselors. Based on state law, …

Counseling, M.S.

School Counseling Option

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling offers three options: (1) Career Counseling, (2) College Counseling and Student Services, and (3) School Counseling. Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses before formal admittance to a master’s degree program. Only students admitted to a Master of Science degree program may take classes in that program. Students …

Counseling, M.S.

College Counseling and Student Services Option

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling offers three options: (1) Career Counseling, (2) College Counseling and Student Services, and (3) School Counseling. Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses before formal admittance to a master’s degree program. Only students admitted to a Master of Science degree program may take classes in that program. Students …

Counseling, M.S.

Career Counseling Option

Notice: The M.S. in Counseling degree option in Career Counseling has been suspended as of Fall 2018. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling offers three options: (1) Career Counseling, (2) College Counseling and Student Services, and (3) School Counseling. Students must successfully complete all prerequisite courses before formal admittance to a master’s degree program. …

Marriage and Family Therapy, M.S.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) prepares students for licensure as both a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California and in most other states. The program is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE; see program …

School Psychology, M.S.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in School Psychology prepares school psychologists for careers within school-based teams to help all children, including diverse students of all backgrounds and characteristics, attain academic, behavioral, emotional and social success. School Psychology candidates attain skills in counseling, consultation, assessment and intervention. Working at both the individual- and systems-level of service …

Doctorate Program(s)

Educational Leadership, Ed.D.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program is designed for those individuals who have already demonstrated leadership ability in diverse educational settings. The program will admit candidates who meet the academic requirements for the Ed.D. degree program and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success as doctoral candidates and …

Credential Program(s)

Clear Administrative Services Credential

Notice: The Clear Administrative Services Credential is currently suspended. The program, including required coursework and total number of units, is under revision. The Clear Administrative Services Credential is for individuals who have a valid Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and are currently serving in an administrative position in an educational setting.

Dual Preliminary Single Subject/Education Specialist Credential

Mild/Moderate and Extensive Support Needs Option

The Dual Preliminary Single Subject/Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate and Extensive Support Needs program allows candidates to earn the following three credentials: Preliminary Single Subject Credential Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Support Needs Preliminary Education Specialist Credential in Extensive Support Needs In the Dual Program, candidates earn three credentials simultaneously in fewer units than …

General Education Induction Credential for Multiple and Single Subject

Note: The Departments of Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education collaborate to offer a Teacher Induction Program, which enables holders of the California Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential to earn the Clear Credential. The Elementary and Secondary Teacher Induction admission and course requirements are currently under revision. The purpose of the General Education Induction Credential …

Multiple Subject Credential

Traditional Program Option

The Multiple Subject Credential program is primarily designed for students who desire to teach in self-contained classrooms typical of elementary schools and to provide effective instruction for diverse learners in grades K-8. The Multiple Subject Credential program includes preliminary, advanced, and specialist credentials. There are four pathways toward earning a preliminary multiple subject credential: Traditional …

Multiple Subject Credential

Accelerated Collaborative Teacher Preparation Program Option

The Multiple Subject Credential program is primarily designed for students who desire to teach in self-contained classrooms typical of elementary schools and to provide effective instruction for diverse learners in grades K-8. The Multiple Subject Credential program includes preliminary, advanced, and specialist credentials. There are four pathways toward earning a preliminary multiple subject credential: Traditional Program, …

Multiple Subject Credential

Multiple Subject University Internship Option

The Multiple Subject Credential program is primarily designed for students who desire to teach in self-contained classrooms typical of elementary schools and to provide effective instruction for diverse learners in grades K-8. The Multiple Subject Credential program includes preliminary, advanced, and specialist credentials. There are four pathways toward earning a preliminary multiple subject credential: Traditional Program, …

Multiple Subject Credential

Integrated Teacher Education Program Option

The Multiple Subject Credential program is primarily designed for students who desire to teach in self-contained classrooms typical of elementary schools and to provide effective instruction for diverse learners in grades K-8. The Multiple Subject Credential program includes preliminary, advanced, and specialist credentials. There are four pathways toward earning a preliminary multiple subject credential: Traditional Program, …

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential consists of 24 units.

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Option

Authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction and special education-related services to individuals with a primary or secondary disability of deaf or hard of hearing, deaf-blind, autism spectrum disorders within the disability area and a hearing loss that manifests itself in conjunction with additional disabilities, including unilateral or bilateral, whether fluctuating, conductive, sensorineural and/or …

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

Early Childhood Special Education Option

Authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction and special education-related services to children from birth through kindergarten, with a primary eligibility of speech or language impairment, specific learning disability, mild/moderate intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, autism spectrum disorder, deafness, hearing impairment, visual impairment including blindness, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, developmental …

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential

Mild/Moderate and Extensive Support Needs Option

Authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction and special education-related services to learners with extensive to mild support needs in kindergarten and grades 1-12, through age 22. Teacher candidates will complete course and fieldwork that will prepare them to work with learners across federal disability categories and support needs. Upon completion of the program, …

Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (RLLSC)

The Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential (RLLSC) is for candidates, holding a valid teaching credential, who want to specialize in the field of literacy and become effective leaders for California’s multicultural population. Candidates who complete the specialist credential program will have developed competencies to provide specialized services in literacy in any grade—preschool, kindergarten, grades …

Single Subject Preliminary Credential

Accelerated Collaborative Teacher Preparation Program Option

Candidates who complete a Single Subject Credential program are specialists in the teaching of a subject area such as English, mathematics, physical education or science, and they are able to work with students in diverse classroom settings. Candidates meet subject matter competency by completing an approved program specified by the subject area department or by …

Single Subject Preliminary Credential

Single Subject University Intern Program Option

Candidates who complete a Single Subject Credential program are specialists in the teaching of a subject area such as English, mathematics, physical education or science, and they are able to work with students in diverse classroom settings. Candidates meet subject matter competency by completing an approved program specified by the subject area department or by …

Single Subject Preliminary Credential

Integrated Teacher Credential Program Option

Candidates who complete a Single Subject Credential program are specialists in the teaching of a subject area such as English, mathematics, physical education or science, and they are able to work with students in diverse classroom settings. Candidates meet subject matter competency by completing an approved program specified by the subject area department or by …

Single Subject Preliminary Credential

Traditional Program Option

Candidates who complete a Single Subject Credential program are specialists in the teaching of a subject area such as English, mathematics, physical education or science, and they are able to work with students in diverse classroom settings. Candidates meet subject matter competency by completing an approved program specified by the subject area department or by …

Teacher Induction Education Specialist Credential

Moderate/Severe Disabilities Option

The Teacher Induction Education Specialist Credential is a 2-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional development beginning in the candidates’ first year of teaching. Candidates complete a 14-unit* program: 6 units in semester one, 1 unit in semesters two and three, and 6 units in semester four. This program is designed for candidates …

Teacher Induction Education Specialist Credential

Mild/Moderate Disabilities Option

The Teacher Induction Education Specialist Credential is a 2-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional development beginning in the candidates’ first year of teaching. Candidates complete a 14-unit* program: 6 units in semester one, 1 unit in semesters two and three, and 6 units in semester four. This program is designed for candidates …

Teacher Induction Education Specialist Credential

Early Childhood Special Education Option

The Teacher Induction Education Specialist Credential is a 2-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional development beginning in the candidates’ first year of teaching. Candidates complete a 14-unit* program: 6 units in semester one, 1 unit in semesters two and three, and 6 units in semester four. This program is designed for candidates …

Teacher Induction Education Specialist Credential

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Option

The Teacher Induction Education Specialist Credential is a 2-year, individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional development beginning in the candidates’ first year of teaching. Candidates complete a 14-unit* program: 6 units in semester one, 1 unit in semesters two and three, and 6 units in semester four. This program is designed for candidates …

Authorization Program(s)

Added Authorizations

A holder of a Special Education Credential may add an authorization to add expertise in areas of Special Education that were not part of their original credential authorization. Added Authorizations include: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Emotional Disturbance (ED) and Resource Specialist (RS).

Bilingual Authorization

Bilingual Authorization in Spanish, Korean, or Armenian may be obtained concurrently with the preliminary teaching credential or after students obtain their preliminary teaching credential. Students in any credential program other than the Traditional Program must be approved for the concurrent program by their program coordinator (ACT, Intern, FYI/JYI, ITEP, or Dual).

California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) Authorization

The California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) program is specifically designed for credentialed teachers who are seeking the English Learner Supplemental Authorization to effectively work with English learners in K-12 classrooms in California. The program includes language structure and use, first and second language development and their relationship to academic achievement, assessment of English learners, …

Certificate Program(s)

Career Education and Counseling Certificate

The purpose of this certificate is to provide students who have previously completed a master’s degree or Pupil Personnel Services Credential or who are concurrently enrolled in a master’s degree or credential program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling with knowledge and professional skills in career counseling theory, applications and program development; organizational …

College Counseling and Student Services Certificate

The Specialist Certificate program in College Counseling and Student Services is designed to prepare students for career opportunities and advancement in higher education with particular emphasis upon those positions that serve university and community college students on urban campuses. Special attention is given to working with diverse student populations, including returning, minority and disabled students. …

Educational Therapy, Advanced Study Certificate

Advanced Study in Educational Therapy Certificate The Educational Therapy Post-Master’s Certificate Program, designed in collaboration with the Association of Educational Therapists (AET), provides post-master’s degree students an opportunity to develop expertise and professional skills related to educational therapy. The program combines educational and therapeutic approaches for evaluation, remediation, case management and communication/advocacy on behalf of …

Instructional Games and Simulations Certificate

Graduate Certificate for Instructional Games and Simulations The Graduate Certificate for Instructional Games and Simulations (IGS) prepares students to utilize computer games and simulations for learning. The program is designed to prepare adults with interests in teaching, training or other types of instruction to understand the design and development of instructional games or simulations. Students …

Parent/Child Specialization/Consultation, Advanced Study Certificate

Advanced Study in Parent/Child Specialization/Consultation The Parent-Child Specialist/Consultant certificate is designed for educators and human services professionals who want to: Expand their knowledge of child development and parent-child interaction. Gain skills in intervention and consultation with parents, teachers and child care providers to enhance the quality of adult-child interaction and prevent serious problems from developing …

Program Evaluation in Education and Education Related Settings Certificate

The Program Evaluation in Education and Education Related Settings Certificate is designed for individuals interested in acquiring knowledge and skills necessary for evaluating a variety of programs. The certificate program is open to private and public administrators, teachers, trainers, instructors, curriculum experts, counselors, psychologists and instructional designers, as well as those preparing for doctoral programs. …

Transdisciplinary Intervention, Advanced Certificate

Advanced Certificate in Transdisciplinary Intervention A University Certificate designed for post-bachelor’s students with a concentration of 18 units of selected coursework in the Early Childhood Special Education Credential Program. Provides interdisciplinary training to holders of bachelor’s degrees in one of the disciplines involved in providing early intervention services. Contact the department office at (818) 677-2596 …

Professional-specialization-certificate Program(s)

College and Career Connections in the Secondary Curriculum Certificate

The Professional Specialization Certificate Program in College and Career Connections in the Secondary Curriculum develops teachers’ ability to design and implement secondary-level curriculum and instruction that is authentic, relevant, cross-disciplinary, and future-oriented. Coursework provides a grounding in theory, history, philosophy and policy related to the preparation of secondary students for careers and college. Coursework also …