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Career and Technical Education (Online)

M.A. Degree in Career and Technical Studies (MACTS)

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 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 semester (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 and spring semesters of the same academic year, starting with ECTS 637 in the fall semester.

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 semester. 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 a "B" (3.0) before they are allowed to sign up for any M.A. program courses.


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Who can I contact for further information?

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


Admission to the Program

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Prior to being admitted to the Master of Arts program in the College of Education, applicants must be admitted to the university as an unclassified graduate student. Application for admission to the university should be made at least 3 months prior to the date the applicant would like to be taking courses.

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.

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