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Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Education, option in Curriculum and Instruction

The 30-unit Master of Arts degree in Education with an option in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for teachers and other professionals who desire advanced study in curriculum, instruction, educational psychology, research design, and educational statistics. Although a majority of our students are teachers, a teaching credential is not a requirement for admission. Our core courses typically meet once a week (4 p.m.-6:50 p.m. or 7 p.m.-9:50 p.m.), and the majority of our courses have at least one online section (synchronous via Zoom or asynchronous). Please see to learn more about our program and a few of our graduates!

Our Graduates' Careers Include the Following:

  • Group of graduates in their caps and gowns Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment for Fresno Unified School District
  • Dean of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Madera Technical Exploration Center
  • Teacher on special assignment for mathematics
  • Research associate for state and federal grants
    Fresno State instructor for credential and statistics courses
  • Program officer for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Literacy coach
  • High school department chair
  • Sports performance coach at Stanford University
  • Director of Recruiting Operations for Fresno State football 
  • Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and a fire captain
  • Associate Program Director for UCSF-Fresno’s Pediatric Residency Program

A number of our graduates who are teachers have also chosen to remain in the classroom and use the knowledge they have gained in the program to enhance their instructional effectiveness. The program is a pathway to helping you meet your unique professional goals, whatever they may be! 

In addition to taking 15 semester units of required coursework, students select 15 units of electives in an area of professional interest with the guidance of the program coordinator. These courses may be in literacy, counseling, educational technology, social justice, kinesiology, program evaluation, qualitative research, psychology, history, business, and early childhood, for example. For teachers, nine units of recent post-baccalaureate credential coursework may be transferred into the program and counted as elective units. Students with full-time jobs typically take two courses (6 units) a semester. Students will complete either a project or a thesis as a culminating experience. All degree coursework must be taken within a 5-year time frame. Please feel free to contact the program coordinator if you have any questions! The Chart Your Course handbook from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies is an excellent guide as well!

Learn More

The Curriculum and Instruction graduate program offers unique opportunities for students to earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Technology (CASET) or a Certificate of Advanced Study in Research Methods (CASRM). Learn more by clicking the links below, and follow us on Twitter: @Fresno_MAE_CI):

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Meet Our Faculty


For more information about the Curriculum and Instruction program, contact the Program Coordinator:

Dr. Carol Fry Bohlin 

Dr. Carol Fry Bohlin


Thuy Nguyen is the 2018 Recipient of Fresno State's Distinguished International Graduate Student Award! 

Thuy Nguyen standing in front of San Francisco bridge.