Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.
Department: School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for certified and experienced educators who want to extend their influence beyond the walls of the classroom, to improve their knowledge and skills in the area of leadership, and who want to develop expertise in leading other educators in curriculum and instructional improvement across subject areas and grade levels. The Teacher Leadership program addresses teacher empowerment and leadership in the expanded roles and responsibilities of teachers in schools, including data-driven assessment for school improvement, professional learning communities, applying research to practice, improving instruction and student learning outcomes, and collaboration with families and community.
During the admissions process, students select their track (specialization) in
- Art Education (K-12)
- Curriculum Leadership
- Educational Technology
- English/Language Arts Education (5-9 or 6-12)
- Gifted Education
- Global, International and Comparative Education
- Intervention Specialist
- Mathematics Education (5-9 or 6-12)
- Science Education (6-12)
- Social Science Education (5-9 or 6-12)
The Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree; minimum credit hour requirements vary by track. Students from all tracks must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of core courses. The program requires a course-based action research study (i.e., application and analysis of the effectiveness of research-based best practices in the classroom). The research study and the capstone experiences (Research Report or Thesis) focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in the core areas of Curriculum and Instruction, curriculum theory, data-driven instructional decision making, action research and inquiry, analysis of classroom practice, and social and cultural competency in order to help candidates acquire knowledge, skills, and dispositions pertaining to research-based practices in these areas. Additional course requirements vary by track.
Note: For teachers certified and interested in Middle School Science (grades 5-9), the K-8 Mathematics and Science M.Ed. program may be of interest.
Total Credit Hours Required: 33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree