Master of Arts Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for students who seek to use prior education and experience as a base for developing the reflective practitioner skills of a master educator and educational leader.

Students acquire an operational framework of core competencies that utilize a comprehensive knowledge and skill base to plan, monitor, and adjust teaching strategies within the complex and rapidly changing contextual situations of educational settings.

Using sound principles of curriculum development and instructional design, implementation and evaluation, students learn to create a meaningful and significant teaching-learning environment. Coursework is designed to provide skills needed to use research based curriculum and teaching strategies that address academic standards and provide active, authentic learning for students.   Course projects that apply best practices, effective use of blended learning tools of information-communication-technology, focus on learning for the 21st century, leadership within Professional Learning Communities (PLC) are key components of this course of study.

Emphasis is given to strategies that enable the student to collaborate with professional colleagues, parents, and community resources within rapidly changing educational situations.

Students work closely with their program advisors to select a program focus and to plan a course of study which includes prior knowledge, experience, and special interests.

Special interests which can be pursued within the program may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Urban Education
  • Teacher Mentor
  • Childhood Development
  • Collaboration for Inclusionary Education
  • Department Leadership
  • Interdisciplinary and Integrated Curriculum
  • Multicultural and Diversity Curriculum
  • Application of Cognitive Learning Principles
  • Information-Communication-Technology Integration (ICT)
  • 21st Century Skills and Learning Strategies
  • Community-based Education, such as museums, health systems
  • Organizational Trainers
  • Professional Development Designers & Educators
  • Higher Education Professionals

Students who pursue this degree program may also choose to use course work to prepare for application to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for national teaching certification. Students must be sure to consult with their advisors to remain current regarding State Department of Education requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants must qualify for graduate study, have a 3.0 GPA, a background in education and experience satisfactory to the department. Program applicants must give evidence of their ability to pursue this program of study as well as to apply learning principles in their chosen specialty area and submit three letters of recommendation as verification.

Degree Requirements

Eighteen of the 30 credit hours develop core competencies for ethical and skilled decision making toward effective teaching and learning. The core courses are:

EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research 3 credits
EDU 5160/5170 Elementary Curriculum Construction/
Secondary Curriculum Construction
3 credits
EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies 3 credits
EDU 5960 Program, Planning, Evaluation, Development and Implementation 3 credits
EDU 6090 Advanced Seminar in Curriculum Planning 3 credits
EDU 6200 Supervision of Instruction 3 credits
Special interest electives are chosen in consultation with an advisor 9 credits

Master degree level research, in consultation with your advisor, is conducted and written as a culminating project in EDU 5510- Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits). Students may elect to take EDU 6980-Field Research Project (3-6 cr.) or EDU 5990 - Master Thesis (6 cr.) to fulfill this requirement with the permission of the Program Director. Research requirements must be successfully demonstrated with a graduate passing grade.

Core competency courses are continuously adjusted to meet the changing demands of effective education. Students in the Curriculum and Instruction program need to work closely with their program advisor to determine current requirements and possible course offerings that fulfill this degree program.

For students who plan to pursue becoming a K-12 certified educator, please visit the website for our Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction with Teacher Certification program.