Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Satisfactorily completed EDUC 603, 605 and 607;

    Note: Between the time of completing 12 units and 19 units of applicable course work the student is required to apply for advancement to candidacy.

  3. Secured approval of candidacy from the College of Education;
  4. Filed an approved graduate program for completion of the degree. This must be prepared in consultation with an advisor and approved by the Dean of the College of Education;
  5. Native speakers of English must have two semesters or three quarters of study in one or more foreign languages at the post secondary level. Non-native speakers of English must have two semesters or three quarters of study in one or more foreign languages (not English) at the post secondary level or take COMM 120.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable graduate-level work, with a minimum of 34 units completed in residence at this university;
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in all course work taken to satisfy the Master of Arts degree requirements, and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  3. Successful completion of one of the following:
    1. EDUC 600. Master's Degree Project.

      A successful project is one which can be reported in the form of a paper and/or other media. The project proposal and the project must be approved by the student's advisor and one other professor in the College of Education and submitted in the approved format. Further information is available from the College of Education regarding an approved format for the project proposal and project.

    2. OR

    3. Written comprehensive exam.

      The written comprehensive examination is designed to test the student's knowledge of the field of ESL/EFL instruction. The examination is offered once each quarter and during the summer session. The student may enroll in the examination no earlier than the last quarter in which course work is taken. The student may take the examination (or any part of it) three times. Approval to retake the examination may be, at any time, contingent upon completion of additional designated courses.

  4. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of 4A or 4B above;
  5. Completion of the Candidate Assessment Portfolio. Details of the Candidate Assessment Portfolio approval process are outlined in the program information materials. The Portfolio must be completed prior to enrollment in EDUC 600 or EESL 999.

The program may not include more than 14 quarter units in approved extension and transfer courses from other colleges. California State University, San Bernardino will not consider for transfer credit course work from an institution which will not accept that work in its own advanced degree program.

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