Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Graduate
Department: Master of Education

The mission of the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program is to provide experienced teachers an opportunity to professionally develop themselves within a research framework, around the core ideas from the profession, and for the sake of improving instruction and student outcomes.

  • Bachelor's degree in education or equivalent
  • Signed contract with a school district and responsible for own classroom
  • Minimum of one year teaching experience
  • Cumulative 2.75 undergraduate GPA (minimum of 3.0 in last two years)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional statement of purpose

core course requirements

  • EDN 500 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDN 510 Educational Psychology: Learning Theory
  • EDN 520 Strategies and Techniques for Effective Teaching/Coaching
  • EDN 530 Assessment and Measurement
  • EDN 540 Educational Technology
  • EDN 550 Creativity and Critical Thinking in the Classroom

Portfolio or Thesis Track: Students in these tracks will complete their degree by completing either a professional portfolio in part comprised of their practicum research projects, or by writing a traditional research thesis. Students who are interested in pursuing further advanced study in a research capacity might want to consider the thesis track as a viable option. (minimum of 30 credits)

Required Course:

    • EDN 600 Thesis/Portfolio

Coursework Only Track: This track allows students to complete their degree without having to compile a portfolio or write a research thesis. (minimum of 33 credits) 

COURSES & PRACTICUM INFORMATION

PLAN OF STUDY

Dr. Deborah McCuin
Director of Graduate Teacher Education, Associate Professor
Phone: 605-668-1522

Multiple mentored practica will be conducted in the teacher’s own classroom during various school terms. These provide teachers an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge of the core courses in their classroom practice using research interventions they designed.

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