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MA in Education - Curriculum + Instruction

About the Degree
Ideally suited for prospective students who already possess a teaching credential or equivalent professional preparation, this program will help you develop expertise in planning, organizing, managing, evaluating an improving school programs through curriculum development, staff development and research.

Benerd's Master of Arts in Education program includes a number of concentration options, including:

  • Curriculum and Instruction

  • Teaching (credential option, including Multiple Subject, Single Subject, and Education Specialist/Special Education)

  • Special Education

As a Special Education teacher, you help students move beyond the "disabled" label and grow to meet their true potential.  Special Education requires creativity, patience, tolerance and flexibility.  You will, after all, work with students who possess a wide range of needs and abilities.  The rewards, however, are unrivaled: every day you spend working with a young person will be a day spent improving their lives. The Special Education Teaching credential option is an advanced degree program for:

  • Individuals who already have a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential and wish to enroll in an advanced degree program. 

  • Individuals who already posses a Multiple Subject or Single Subject teaching credential or Speech and Language, Clinical Rehabilitation Services credential and wish to add an Education Specialist credential, Preliminary, and engage in a Master of Arts program.

One Year Master's Degree and Credential Option
The new twelve-month master's program offers an excellent opportunity to earn a Single Subject, Multiple Subject or Educational Specialist credential and a degree. With the support of a cohort and placements in diverse schools with outstanding mentor teachers, you'll be ready to inspire and engage adolescent learners. The program begins in Mid-June and can be twelve months, if program and credential requirements are met during the program.

Multiple Subject Credential Program for Post-Bachelor's Degree Students
The two-year Multiple Subject Program and degree will prepare you for teaching in elementary schools K-8.  This option provides even greater flexibility, and graduates find that a masters degree provides them with many professional advantages. For more information about University of the Pacific's Multiple Subject Credential program, please review our information and requirements sheet (PDF).

Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities Credentials are offered in a 18-24 month program if you wish time flexibility while transitioning to a career in teaching.

Admission and Application Requirements
Admission to the master's program is a holistic decision that takes into consideration all the factors of each applicant's background and experience. 
Specific requirements include:

  •  Completed online application

  •  A relevant bachelor's degree from an accredited university 

  •  A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the last 60 units of college or post-baccalaureate work 

  •  Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  •  Personal Statement 

  •  Resume 

  •  Three letters of recommendation 

  •  Departmental interview, if required

  •  Evidence of qualities and character in keeping with the philosophy and standards of University of the Pacific and the Benerd School of Education.

For more information about the application process, please contact Graduate Admissions

Curriculum and Coursework 
A detailed list of the master's level courses offered by the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education can be found in University of the Pacific's Graduate Catalog.