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Multicultural Urban Secondary English Master's and Credential Program

This section is only for students who started their program in Summer/Fall 2017 or before. Students who will be starting in Summer 2018 will follow the BE3 program structure.

The Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE) program develops teachers that are able to effectively respond to the complex context of urban schools. MUSE graduates gain the skills and dispositions necessary to design and implement instruction that is rigorous, standards aligned, and equitable for all students. In collaboration with school districts and community partners such as the Bay Area Writing Project, the MUSE program provides the foundation for graduates to become highly skilled professionals and leaders in education.

Focus of Study

MUSE places a particular emphasis on teaching students in multilingual, multicultural urban schools to become proficient and competent writers, readers, and speakers in academic, career, and societal settings. We explore both the theoretical frameworks and exemplary teaching practices to understand learners, learning processes, and the diversity of students at schools throughout the Bay Area, the state of California, and the United States. MUSE prepares candidates to see students, their family, and community as resources.

The MUSE program:

prepares effective teachers by connecting educational theory and practice;

addresses structural inequity through educational practices to increase access to college and career pathways for urban students;

trains teachers to promote active student learning;

promotes a vision of teachers as researchers and reflective professionals;

MUSE courses balance the theoretical and practical demands of teaching the Common Core State Standards and addressing 21st Century competencies including the effective integration of technology. Candidates work in schools with populations of students from diverse ethnic, racial, socio-economic and language backgrounds. In this work, MUSE faculty and supervisors support candidates to consciously examine and work to improve situations that involve prejudice, lack of inclusion, learning differences, and single-perspective knowledge.

Program Structure

The first year is full-time beginning in the summer. In the Fall and Spring semesters, candidates have a student teacher placement in the mornings or early afternoons and attend courses in the evenings. After successful completion of the first year of course work and the Teacher Performance Assessment, candidates receive a preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential. This credential certifies candidates to teach English/Language Arts and English Language Development classes in grades six through twelve in California. During the second year, candidates meet every other week and participate in a yearlong seminar focused on teacher research. This seminar guides first year MUSE teachers on how to take an inquiry stance in order to conduct teacher research. Graduates are guided on how to create research questions, collect and analyze data to generate findings, and write the final research report. The research is often focused on the candidates’ classroom, which allows graduates to be positioned as learners within a systematic process to improve their effectiveness in their immediate school context. After being reviewed and accepted by two faculty members, the research paper is the final requirement for the Master’s degree.

Courses

  • CD 207D - Assessment & Education of Exceptional Pupils in Regular Classes
  • CD 212 - Adolescent Development and the Teaching of Secondary English
  • EDUC 240A - Language Study for Educators
  • EDUC 244B - Methods for Teaching English in the Secondary Schools,
  • EDUC 245A - Approaches in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • EDUC 249C -Reading for Secondary Schools,
  • EDUC 283F - Urban Education
  • EDUC 289 - Comprehensive Health Education for Teachers
  • EDUC 390A - Supervised Teaching for the MUSE Program
  • EDUC 290B - Teacher Research Seminar
  • EDUC 294B - Thesis Seminar
  • CD 295C - Integrating Technology into Secondary English

Type of Program

The Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE) program is a two-year graduate program through which students earn a California Single-Subject English Credential and a Master of Arts degree in Education.

Entrance Requirements

A strong candidate for MUSE: Possesses a solid academic background in English or other related field such as, World Literature, English Literature, ethnic studies, drama, journalism, or linguistics. Has experience working with youth in educational settings, especially working with culturally diverse groups. Displays the personal characteristics of being flexible, organized, articulate, and confident.

Applicants must also take three exams:

GRE exam. Register by calling 1-800-GRE-CALL.

CSET exam in the area of English or completion of an approved subject matter preparation program as an undergraduate in California. Register by calling (916) 928-4003 or go to www.cset.nesinc.com.

CBEST exam. CBEST should be taken by the application deadline, unless applicant is from out of state. Out of state students must take the exam as soon as they arrive in California if they are accepted. Apply online at www.cbest.nesinc.com.

Evidence of previous study of a foreign language, either through high school, undergraduate course work, or an extended residence in a non-English-speaking country

Graduates

MUSE prepares candidates with a strong foundation in teaching English, with a key focus on writing instruction. Candidates generally transition into leadership positions at the school and district level and within educational non-profit organizations. A number of MUSE graduates return to UC Berkeley to earn an administrative credential through the Principal Leadership Institute and others have returned to complete a PhD both here and at other institutions.