EDUC 698: MA THESIS/PROJECT SEMINAR
This Cougar Course is Designed as a support for the Master of Arts in Education Program. This course includes modules for:
Topic 0: MA Orientation
Topics 1-11: Developing your Thesis/Project
Topics 12 & 13: MA Program Student Learning Outcomes/MA Syllabi Templates & MA Committee Process
The EDUC 698 course is an independent class to assist you in completing your culminating activity for your MA, either a project or a thesis. This cougar course website is designed to assist you with the writing portion of the activity as well as provide resources for your research and project development.
It is recommended that you take this class in Fall or Spring. To minimize your need to repeat the class it is suggested that you do not register for the class until you have your first three chapters approved, so that you are set up for success in one semester.
Make an appointment with you committee at the beginning of the semester and develop a timeline of what is due in order for you to complete your MA this semester. If you do not meet the deadlines, be prepared to take this course again next semester.
Purchase a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association:
American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. Washington, DC: APA.
This book will guide you to use the APA format writing style. There is an APA Format Module below that has some extra resources to assist you as well.
Before registering for EDUC 698 MA Thesis/Project Seminar you need to submit your Advancement to Candidacy Form with two attachments: Program of Study Form & Unofficial Transcript. This form requires 4 signatures: yours, your committee chair, your second reader and the program coordinator. This form notifies the CEHHS that you are preparing to graduate. Without this form you cannot complete the program. Please submit the following:
- Advancement to Candidacy Form: You can locate this form on the School of Education Current Student Form website: http://www.csusm.edu/soe/currentstudents/formsandresources.html
- Program of Study Form: This form may have been sent to you by the program coordinator, if not down load one from the Orientation Module below and fill in your courses chronologically, identifying the units, grade semester and year.
- Unofficial Transcript Copy: This can be downloaded from your mycsusm account: https://my.csusm.edu/
Once you complete this process, your committee chair will request an EDUC 698 course with a crn specifically for them as an instructor. You will need to receive the crn and any necessary permission numbers from the committee chair person directly.
Here is the link for the 2016-17 Academic Year (Fall & Spring) MA in Ed part-time tuition fee and charges:
Summer classes are offered through Extended Learning and is not supported with state funds.
Here is the link to the csusm course schedule: http://www.csusm.edu/schedule/index.html
Fees Per Semester
Fall & Spring 2016 $2,906 for 1-6 units/ $4,322 for 6.1+ units http://www.csusm.edu/schedule/fall_2016/fees_and_charges.html
Summer through Extended $300 per unit plus fees https://www.csusm.edu/el/courses/creditcourses/summer/feesandpayment.html
Here isa the link to our course schedule:
Hare the other courses offered this summer:
First Session June 5- July 8
EDUC 604: Knowledge Construction and Applied Research- MW 4:30 m- 8:30 pm w/ Anne René Elsbree
This class can help you choose a topic and begin your thesis/project.
EDUC 656 Principles of Dual Language online with Ana Hernandez
Second Session 5 Weeks July 10 - August 12
EDUC 567 Cross Cultural Competencies online with Ana Hernandez
Full 10 Weeks June 5 - August 12
EDUC 622: Research Methods in Education - online with Rong-Ji Chen
In addition we have a Writing Workshop Institute offered with Dr. Laure Stowell.
GRADUATION - COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION
Graduation Information, Graduation Checklist, Guest Info, & Grad Participation Form
What is the difference between graduation and commencement?
Apply for graduation by Week 7 of the semester you plan to graduate.
STEPS TO COMPLETE YOUR THESIS/PROJECT
- Complete your chapters 1-5 and receive approval from your committee. Present your Thesis/Project at the School of Education Open House or another venue that your committee chairperson requests. MA SOE Open House & Poster Session - Thursday, May 4, 2017 @ 5 pm McMahan House, CSUSM
- Secure signatures on your signature page from your committee (advisor/chairperson and second reader). Make sure you download the correct form your thesis or project under the Required Forms at https://biblio.csusm.edu/thesis-submission
- Follow the Library ADA Format Instructions for making the document ADA compliant. *For assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) to setup an appointment to meet with an ADA consultant. Let them know the date/time that you would like assistance, and what errors you need help correcting.*
- Contact Bonnie Mottola at email@example.com to schedule your appointment with the Director of the School of Education to secure his signature on your Electronic Submission Certification Form. This form can be accessed under Required Forms on: https://biblio.csusm.edu/thesis-submission Make your appointment for week 12-14 of the semester. This allows you enough time to add the form as a pdf to your electronic document before submission week 15.
- Submit your Thesis/Project electronically using the Library Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) Submission Instructions: https://biblio.csusm.edu/content/e-thesis-project-and-dissertation-submission-guide The electronic submission is due week 15, the last week of classes on Thursday at noon pacific time. See the website above for the date details. If you miss this deadline, you will need to register for EDUC 698 the following semester to complete your MA.
CURRICULUM DESIGN RESOURCES
These website can assist you to design your curriculum project. There are lesson plan templates and suggestions for what to include in a curriculum unit. Discuss what is expected with your committee.
The other modules in this website focus on the MA Program and the Research Thesis & Curriculum Project writing process.
MOST COMMON RESOURCES
This module contains some of the most commonly used resources.