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San Diego State University

Project CORE

DLE Master's Degree Program in Curriculum Development - Specialization Critical Pedagogy: Literacy & Social Justice

Program Description
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PLEASE NOTE: You need a Spanish bilingual credential in order to qualify for the Dual Language Certificate program. 


Program Description


With the ultimate goal of transforming education for English Learners (EL's), Project CORE brings together educators and second language acquisition experts from San Diego State University College of Education, San Diego County Office of Education, and local school districts to address the critical and urgent need to transition to California's Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Through these partnerships, Project CORE will specifically address the gap of educator capacity to provide EL's access to CCSS and opportunity to acquire 21st century, college and career readiness skills. In preparing university faculty, pre- service teachers and in-service teachers through specialized professional development, Project CORE will improve pedagogy of Dual Language Learners and, in turn, raise their achievement.

Download the 2014 Masters Degree Orientation Packet


English Learners and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

EL's are a heterogeneous group of students with varying degrees of primary language, English language, and academic language proficiencies. Because limited degrees of English language development and academic language development restrict these EL's access to grade-level academic content areas, educators must recognize that EL's are doing "double the work" of their English fluent peers; EL's must learn English and simultaneously learn academic content. In order to provide California's EL's equal educational opportunity, there is an urgent need to account for their unique educational needs and address these needs during the transition to the CCSS. Project CORE's specialized professional development goes beyond addressing the 12 major shifts of CCSS in the context of EL's to engaging educators in the ideological shifts necessary for providing EL's access to the rigor of CCSS.

1. Short, D.J., & Fitzsimmons, S. (2007). Double the Work: Challenges and Solutions to Acquiring Language and Academic Literacy for Adolescent English Language Learners-A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York. Washington, D.C.: Alliance for Excellent Education.

This program is sponsored by the US Department of Education through the Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students.



  • $4,000 stipend available to participants living or employed in San Diego County for cohort starting in Fall 2014 only. 
  • $3000 stipend available to qualified MA students who are concurrently enrolled in one of our certificate programs (no extra coursework involved for most students).
  • Participants engage in collaborative professional development with SDSU faculty and the San Diego County Office of Education to enhance their capacity to deliver CCSS to EL's. 
  • Participants will have access to an Online Learning Community that will include the latest research, strategies, and assessments for creating access to the CCSS for EL's. 
  • Improved job security
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How to Apply

All College of Education graduate-level programs require that you complete two online applications:


  • CSU Mentor Application: Apply to CSU Mentor as a Graduate Student seeking a Master's Degree in Curriculum Development - Specialization Critical Pedagogy: Literacy & Social Justice through the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education
  • Supplementary Program Application: Visit COE Apply Now for more information.

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Additional Information & Questions

For more information about this specific program, call (619) 594-1836 to make an advising appointment or email Tamara Collins-Parks, at

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Fall 2016 Application Period:


October 1, 2015 - March 1, 2016 

SDSU Program App  

October 1, 2015 - March 1, 2016

Contact Us

Administrative Assistant: Carolyn Saldivar
Phone: 619-594-1836
Office: NE 83A
Address: College of Education
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1152