Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)
Dr. Bweikia Steen, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Early Childhood Programs
The School of Education offers the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in curriculum and instruction to currently certified classroom teachers who want to pursue advanced study in Teaching of Reading. Students may also pursue a general Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Educating for Change) which does not require a teaching certification for entrance. All certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.). Each program requires students to complete a range of courses in their chosen concentration. Some concentrations require field work.
Concentration Descriptions and Requirements
Educating for Change
This concentration provides an opportunity for practitioners in education and those who will serve as advocates for students in K-12 education, particularly in urban environments, to better understand the dynamics of working for change to improve the quality of education for all students. Taught in a multidisciplinary context, this advanced degree program draws from the insights provided by a range of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, history, political science, economics, and education. This interdisciplinary perspective equips students to engage both intellectually and through practice, while addressing social inequalities within educational systems, associated with gender, ethnicity, social class, and disabilities.
Students in the program work together to understand the political, social, and economic factors and processes that impact learning opportunities and educational processes; students learn to become leaders and educational change agents. The uses of instructional technology are integrated into all classes; therefore, students matriculating into this program are expected to demonstrate functional computer skills.
Within this 36-credit program, students learn about models for curriculum change and implementation, current research and best practices in teaching and learning, and equitable methods of assessment. Experiential learning and field experiences are central components of the learning process and foster student interaction with the community.
Required Courses (36 credits)
ALL of the following courses:
ONE Capstone Project:
Explanation of Course Prefixes and Numbers
Courses designated EDCC are education core and common courses across various programs in the School of Education. The Curriculum and Instruction Program directly sponsors courses prefixed by EDCI. Courses designated EDTE are largely specific to the M.A.T. teacher education program, although students in other programs may be required to take some of these courses. Undergraduates with at least junior status may enroll in courses at the 500-level, with permission of their academic advisor. Only graduate students may enroll in courses numbered 600 and above.
EDCC - Education Core and Common Courses
EDCI - Curriculum and Instruction Courses