Master of Education - Curriculum and Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction program at the master’s degree level prepares candidates to build upon their undergraduate preparation as teachers. Persons enrolled in this program are committed to the design, development, and delivery of classroom instruction. Courses prepare candidates

  • to identify and use research-based practices in elementary, middle-level, or secondary schools;
  • to design curriculum for a variety of levels; and
  • to understand the broader functions of schooling in the United States.

The program is a blend of theoretical and practical knowledge that can be immediately applied to the classroom setting.

As visionary leaders in educational settings, graduate-level candidates integrate in their Curriculum and Instruction Program the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for success in communication, thinking skills, methodology, leadership, professionalism, assessment, and inclusive learning environments.

Student Learning Outcomes (Candidate Competencies)

Candidates for the MEd in Elementary and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction will provide leadership in the school setting.

Students graduating with the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, aligned to InTASC Standards, will be able to:

  1. Develop and implement curriculum based on central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches; diverse learner needs and abilities; cognitive and developmental levels; and community and curricular goals. (Methodology, Inclusive Learner Environments)
  2. Develop and implement curriculum using a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills. (Methodology, Thinking Skills)
  3. Design and facilitate a learning environment that encourages individual and group motivation, positive social interaction, and active engagement in learning. (Methodology, Professionalism, Assessment)
  4. Demonstrate cultural awareness, gender sensitivity, and racial and ethnic appreciation in fostering an inclusive learning environment. (Inclusive Learning Environments, Methodology)
  5. Communicate clearly using listening, writing, speaking, and media skills in a manner that is consistent with and responsive to the specific audience. (Communication, Professionalism)
  6. Utilize assessment strategies and data to improve student learning and social development at the individual and program level. (Assessment, Methodology)
  7. Improve instruction based on reflective practice and research-based “best practices.” The candidate will continuously seek to grow as a professional educator. (Professionalism, Methodology)
  8. Foster relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies of the larger community based on an understanding of the impacts of philosophy, sociology, political, and legal forces on public education. (Professionalism, Communication, Inclusive Learning Environments)