Jul 16, 2019  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (CI)

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Description of Program
The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program provides graduate students a comprehensive background in key concepts, skills, and strategies that promote the learning of all students in the K-12 school systems. Specifically, this program provides educational leaders an in-depth professional development in student motivation, problem-solving, critical thinking, effective instructional strategies, literacy, technology, standards-based curriculum, performance assessment strategies, diversity and special needs, differentiated classrooms, action research, culturally responsive classrooms, urban and diversity strategies. No GRE is required for admittance. The 31 credit program is portfolio-based.

Eastern Michigan University’s advanced professional education program promotes inquiry, advocacy and leadership in education for a diverse and democratic society.

Admission Criteria:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
  2. Hold a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate work or 3.3 GPA in 12 hours or more of work at the graduate level or a minimum 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination writing. International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL; 
  3. For Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (ECE) , elementary education, middle level education, secondary education, curriculum and instruction, and for students in educational media and technology who are pursuing the NP endorsement: hold a valid teaching credential. For international students who do not intend to teach in the United States, this requirement can be waived. Teaching certification is NOT required for the programs Master of Arts in Educational Psychology (EPDL) , Master of Arts in Social Foundations of Education (SFND) , or for students in Master of Arts in Educational Media and Technology (EDMT)  not pursuing the NP endorsement;
  4. Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meeting the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program; and
  5. Request and have submitted two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s professional commitment, experience and potential. The transcripts, analysis of goals and letters of recommendation should give evidence of potential for graduate-level scholarship.
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Department Information:

Teacher Education - College of Education

Martha Kinney-Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Department Head

313 Porter Bldg
(734) 487-3260

Department Website

Retention Requirements

Students must successfully complete all retention requirements before proceeding with the remainder of the program.

  1. Attendance at a program orientation.
  2. From 15 to 18 hours of graduate credit, including CURR 654  or CURR 655 , CURR 653  and required EDPS and SOFD courses, with an over all GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. A satisfactory assessment of written communication.

Students lacking the requirements must meet with the advisor to determine whether to withdraw from the program or apply for continuing eligibility by completing a plan of remediation.

Exit Requirements

To graduate, students must:

  1. Complete an approved program of study with a GPA of 3.0 or better;
  2. Successfully present to the Graduate Review Board a professional teaching portfolio;
  3. Apply for graduation and obtain the advisor’s recommendation; and
  4. Meet all other Office of Graduate Studies and Research requirements for the degree.

Advisor Information:

Virginia M Harder

Teacher Education
313 Porter Bldg
(734) 487-2729

Elective Courses: 7 hours

Choose six credit hours in addition to:

Program Total: 31 hours


Foundations courses are required for all master of arts in curriculum and instruction programs. These courses provide the basis on which all subsequent courses are built and must be taken within the first 18 hours of course work.

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