Graduate Degrees

Who is this degree for? 

This degree is intended for teachers and administrators with career, technical, vocational, occupational and/or technology backgrounds who are interested in career development for positions with Regional Occupational Programs, Community Colleges and/or any private or public institutions that are involved with vocational, occupational and/or technology training.

What are the prerequisites?

To enter the MA degree program in Career and Technical (Vocational) Education at CSUSB a candidate must have completed a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and must have demonstrated writing proficiency through completion of the EDUC 306 (Upper Division Writing Course) or its equivalent.

What is the course work like?

The Emphasis Area courses offer the opportunity to focus on a particular area of personal interest. Up to 16 units of graduate level courses from other programs (either at CSUSB or any accredited university) may be used as electives or, in some instances, substituted for program specified courses. The result is that we can custom design a program of study to meet almost anyone's needs.

Of the College of Education Core courses, EDUC 603 focuses on interpersonal communication, EDUC 605 (formerly 663) on a survey of research, and EDUC 607 (formerly 695) on foundations of education. All of these courses are usually offered every quarter (and summer session) and are recommended to be completed before starting the Career and Technical (Vocational) Education Core.

The Career and Technical (Vocational) Education Core is intended to help candidates prepare for the M.A. Comprehensive Exams. A wide range of topics related to contemporary training and education are discussed in all three courses. Plan on taking ECTS 637, ECTS 638, and ECTS 639 in sequence during the fall, winter, and spring quarters of the same academic year, starting with ECTS 637 in the fall quarter.

Start with courses in one of the Emphasis Areas and/or in the College of Education Core, then start the Career and Technical (Vocational) Education Core with ECTS 637 in the fall quarter. Anyone who has not met the Upper Division Writing Requirement must complete the EDUC 306 course (or its equivalent) with a grade of at least "B" (3.0) before they are allowed to sign up for any M.A. program courses

CTE Spotlight

IMPORTANT: It is essential for anyone considering this program to have read and be conversant with the two books listed below. Follow these links to amazon.com for text purchase information!

Technically Speaking

Technically Speaking
Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology

The History and Growth of Vocational Education in America - Howard R.D. Gordon

The History and Growth of Vocational Education

Please read both of these books before you decide whether or not to apply for the MA Program. Anyone that has read these books is invited to e-mail Dr. Scarcella for information on pre-program assessment for success.

 

Start with courses in one of the Emphasis Areas and/or in the College of Education Core, then start the Career and Technical (Vocational) Education Core with ECTS 637 in the fall quarter. Anyone who has not met the Upper Division Writing Requirement must complete the EDUC 306 course (or its equivalent) with a grade of at least "B" (3.0) before they are allowed to sign up for any M.A. program courses.

Additional information about all courses and programs is posted in the CSUSB Bulletin, available at the CSUSB Bookstore.

How can I be admitted to the program?

Qualified applicants should apply for GRADUATE admission to CSUSB and contact Dr. Joe Scarcella (see below) to develop a specific MA Program Plan.

Who can I contact for further information?

Dr. Joe Scarcella, MA Program Coordinator for
Career and Technical Teacher Education Programs
jscarcel@csusb.edu 909-537-5287 CE-317


The Career and Technical (Vocational) Education Option of the MA Degree in Education program at California State University, San Bernardino, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and over the past thirty years has developed an excellent reputation.