Multicultural Urban Secondary English, M.A.

Multicultural Urban Secondary English, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #4 (BCR) , CA,
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.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Assessment and Education of Exceptional Pupils in Regular Classes
  • Adolescent Development and the Teaching of Secondary English
  • Language Study for Educators
  • Methods for Teaching English in the Secondary Schools,
  • Approaches in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Reading for Secondary Schools,
  • Urban Education
  • Comprehensive Health Education for Teachers
  • Supervised Teaching for the MUSE Program
  • Teacher Research Seminar
  • Thesis Seminar
  • Integrating Technology into Secondary English

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic 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.
  • CSET exam in the area of English or completion of an approved subject matter preparation program as an undergraduate in California.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    17828 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8914 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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