California State University San Marcos

Introduction

About CSU San Marcos

Welcome to California State University San Marcos. We are a new kind of CSU — fully engaged in our community, technologically sophisticated, and dedicated to teaching future generations through a relevant curriculum with a global perspective.

What makes CSU San Marcos so special?

  • High quality, close instruction through our four colleges and Extended Learning programs
  • Accessible faculty — 100% of full-time faculty hold Ph.D.s or the highest degree in their field
  • A technology-rich campus — the entire campus is equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access, and numerous "smart" classrooms offer advanced multimedia equipment as a teaching and learning tool
  • A fun campus — more than 100 student clubs and organizations, the Clarke Field House and an active Associated Students, Inc.
  • An expanding campus — construction on our new university student union is now underway. In addition, a state-of-the-art Social & Behavioral Sciences building, a parking structure, and a public safety building have been completed in the last two years.
  • A beautiful campus — 304 rolling acres nestled into the foothills above the City of San Marcos, and a short distance to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and the Mexican border

We believe you will find this new kind of university to your liking — and you will be able to stand out and grow here.

This school offers programs in:
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MSc

Professional Science Master in Biotechnology

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Marcos

This program is one of the more practical and applicable biotechnology degrees available in the San Diego area. [+]

Professional Science Master in Biotechnology CSUSM offers a Professional Science Master degree in Biotechnology (PSMBt). Comprising 38 units of a combination of Biotechnology and Business classes over five semesters, this program is one of the more practical and applicable biotechnology degrees available in the San Diego area. Biotech industry leaders have overwhelmingly indicated a need for business training in addition to laboratory experience with hands-on understanding of the increasingly complex technologies being developed in the biotech industry. Facts about CSUSM's PSMBt program: 38 credits/units over five semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring) cohort-style program structure guarantees classes evening classes to accommodate working professionals combines business courses with science includes regulatory affairs, statistics, intellectual property, bioengineering and more requires a Semester-in Residence project working with a selected industry leader culminates in a public presentation of the project often results in immediate job placement or advancement Financial Aid is available Cohorts begin every fall semester. Now accepting applications for Fall 2014. "The Professional Science Master is an innovative graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training and excel in science without a Ph.D., while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills without the additional time and money needed to obtain an MBA. Programs are characterized by combining rigorous study in science with skill-based coursework in management, law, intellectual property and regulatory affairs," says the Council of Graduate Schools. PSM programs emphasize writing and communication skills and require a final real-world project or team experience in a business or public sector enterprise. Admission Requirements Admission to the program requires an undergraduate degree with a major in a bioscience or chemistry or related area. Alternatively, applicants with B.A./B.S. degree in a related field with a minor or equivalent work/certification experiences may be considered for conditional admission. While a minimum of a baccalaureate degree is required, applicant evaluation will consider pertinent background, prerequisite courses and opportunity for successful completion. Generally, applicants should have courses or experience in: Molecular Cell Biology or Molecular/Cellular Biotechnology (i.e. BIOL 351 or BIOT 355/356) Microbiology or Biology of Microorganisms (i.e. BIOL 160 or BIOL 367) Statistics (i.e. BIOL 215 or MATH 242) Chemistry and Biochemistry (i.e. CHEM 150 and CHEM 341/351) Applicants who have not completed an upper division biochemistry course may be required to take CHEM 341 or 351. Specific admission criteria are: Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at CSUSM, including an official score report of the General GRE. An undergraduate grade point average in all completed science and math courses of at least 2.75 or a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 35 semester units of science and math. All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement via one of the three following methods: 1. TOEFL passing score: A score of 80 internet-based (iBT), 213 computer-based (CBT) or 550 paper-based (PBT). Scores above 15 on the Writing section of the iBT will be considered on a competitive basis. Test scores must be sent directly from ETS, please visit the ETS website for detailed information and test locations. Our school code is 5677. 2. IELTS passing score: An overall band score of 6. Be sure to let us know when you take the test and provide us with your Test Report Number (TRN) so we can electronically download the scores. Please visit the IELTS website atwww.ielts.org/ for testing dates and locations. 3. ALCI TOEFL waiver: If you are interested in applying for an ALCI TOEFL waiver, please visit the ALCI website. Program Costs Should you be offered admission into this program, a non-refundable $250 "intent to enroll" fee will be required upon acceptance.This fee will be credited toward your first semester's fees. Program and Tuition Fees Note: Fees are based on current CSU fee guidelines. CSU program and tuition fees are subject to change based on the CSU Board of Trustees mandates. Please know that the Cal Vet Fee Waiver may not be used by any Extended Learning degree program. Fees Fall 2014 Cohort: Tuition Fee per unit $794.00 Late Registration Fee $25.00 Late Administrative Fee $15.00 Refund Processing Fee $5.00 Note: Program and tuition fees do not include cost-of-living, books, parking, or additional expenses. Additional Fees CSU Application Fee (one time fee) $55.00 Textbooks and Software $750.00 approx. per term **You may submit your FAFSA application prior to being admitted to the program. [-]

MA

Master of Arts in Education

Online Full time 7 semesters September 2016 USA San Marcos

The MA in Education, focus on Literacy is a fully online degree program that prepares educators to teach literacy in the 21st century classroom. [+]

Master of Arts in Education, Literacy The MA in Education, focus on Literacy is a fully online degree program that prepares educators to teach literacy in the 21st century classroom. Based on a set of 12 guiding principles, the Literacy program prepares highly effective teachers to meet the needs of monolingual and multilingual students. The guiding principles were derived from theoretical and researched based understandings of the professional organizations in our field, namely the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. The MA courses develop an understanding of how to foster critical thinking, deep reading, and effective writing in a variety of genres—all skills required by the Common Core State Standards. Upon completion of the MA, teachers will have the tools to both implement the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms and to support their schools in the transition. In addition to a Master’s degree, graduates of the program holding a CTC-approved valid teaching credential (or equivalent) may be eligible for recommendation for the California Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and the California Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential.* *Three years of full time teaching experience is required prior to recommendation for the California Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and the California Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential. Program at a Glance Fully online program Cohort based program This program is 39 units designed to be completed in 7 semesters (summer included) After successful completion of the course work, graduates may be recommended for the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential. All program courses are taught by CSUSM faculty who currently teach at the main campus. California Reading and Literacy Added Authorization The School of Education offers a Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program as a focus area within the General Option in the Master’s Program. Students may complete only the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program without completing the MA. The purpose of the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization is to prepare teachers to assist other teachers and administrators in the areas of the language arts – reading, writing, listening, speaking – both in creating literacy programs and across the curriculum. Teachers will become knowledgeable about current reading and writing theory, literacy research and pedagogy, literacy development and learning, children’s and adolescent literature, assessment and curriculum development. Candidates must hold a CTC-approved valid basic teaching credential (or equivalent). Three years of full-time teaching experience is required prior to recommendation for the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization. California Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential The purpose of the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential is to prepare teachers to assume classroom, school and district leadership positions in the areas of language arts and curriculum. Candidates will become knowledgeable of current reading and writing theory, research and pedagogy, literacy learning, children and adolescent literature, assessment, and curriculum development. In addition, candidates will learn to assist in the development of assessment instruments and procedures as well as the role and responsibilities associated with leadership in literacy programs. Courses contain information regarding the issues of special populations, multilingual/multicultural, and biliteracy strands, as well as projects that connect academic work to school contexts and address K-12 issues. In addition, research methodology and the utilization of technology as it relates to literacy instruction are infused throughout the courses. Students may complete the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program and Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential without completing the MA. To complete the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential, students must first complete the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program. Candidates must hold a CTC-approved valid basic teaching credential (or equivalent), and have three years of experience (or equivalent). Student Learning Outcomes The student learning outcomes for the Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential are defined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential authorizes the holder to provide the following services as a reading specialist in any grade level K-12, or in classes organized for adults: 1. Assist and support the classroom teacher in reading instruction and teaching strategies. 2. Select and adapt reading instruction materials; plan and conduct reading staff development. 3. Assess student progress and monitor student achievement in reading. 4. Provide direct reading intervention work with students. 5. Develop and coordinate reading programs at the school, district, or county level. Admissions Requirements Admission into the M.A. in Education with a focus on Literacy program requires meeting the general admission requirements for graduate studies at CSUSM and these additional components: Bachelor's Degree A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 Teaching credential or equivalent experience Statement of Purpose – A typed, double spaced one to two page statement that tells about you and why you wish to pursue a master’s degree in education. Things you might include are: your goals, ideals, experiences, special skills, community service. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your work in the field of education (Letter of Recommendation Forms must be included) Three years of full time teaching experience is required prior to recommendation for the California Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and the California Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential* Candidates who meet the requirements will be invited for an online interview with a panel of admissions advisors. The interview is to ensure this program is a good match for the participant and vice versa. *Three years full time teaching experience is not a requirement for the M.A. Education, Focus on Literacy program. This experience is only a requirement for those individuals that wish to be recommended for the California Reading and Literacy Added Authorization and the California Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential. Prerequisite Courses The M.A. in Education with the focus on Literacy does not require any specific prerequisite courses. However all applicants must hold a bachelors degree and teaching credential or equivalent experience. Program Costs Should you be offered admission into this program, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable $250 "intent to enroll" fee upon acceptance. This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees. Program Tuition and Fees (Effective Summer 2013) Tuition for the M.A. Education Option focus on Literacy degree program is $585.00 per unit plus mandatory Semester Fees. Semester Fees* include: Academic Records Fee $12.00 EL Technology Fee $25.00 Additional Fees* SoE/Extended Learning Program Application Fee (one-time fee) $25.00 CSU Mentor Application Fee (one-time fee paid upon acceptance) $55.00 Textbooks and Additional Materials TBA *Note: Fees are based on current CSU fee guidelines. CSU program tuition and fees are subject to change based on the CSU Board of Trustees mandates. Please know that the Cal Vet Fee Waiver may not be used by any Extended Learning degree program. Program and tuition fees do not include cost-of-living, books, parking, or additional expenses. [-]

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