The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30-credit hour degree program designed to enhance and expand existing knowledge, skills, and dispositions while further developing the core competencies expected of advanced educators (or teachers). This degree program prepares graduates with opportunities to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to and beneficial for:
- Responding positively to classroom practices that enhance student learning.
- Effectively align instruction with curriculum standards, assessment tools, and individual needs of students.
- Critically analyzing classroom practices and appropriately responding to the findings.
- Articulating the rationale for decisions regarding professional practice, classroom instruction, and classroom/school policies and procedures.
- Making informed decisions by reflecting on experiences both past and present to improve teaching practices that enhance student learning.
- Becoming change leaders for the improvement of their schools.
Students can select one of three Concentrations:
Advanced Teaching and Learning Concentration – This concentration is designed for teachers who want to improve their classroom practice using the most current knowledge, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Instructional Leadership Concentration – This concentration is designed to provide practicing classroom teachers the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve as teacher leaders who work with adult learners, facilitate and lead change, manage conflict, and coach and mentor teachers at all stages in their careers. Candidates completing this track may use two of the educational leadership courses towards a K-12 administrative certificate for building leaders.
Urban and Diversity Education Concentration – This concentration is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of urban schools and the development of skills and knowledge which identifies, respects, and addresses differences in students’ values, preferences, and learning needs. It will assist teachers and other education professionals in understanding, valuing, and contributing to school and community to enhance learning outcomes for all students
Applicants must meet the following criteria
- Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
- 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;
- Teacher Certification
- Furnish an analysis of professional goals written by the candidate. This analysis should include a description of how the chosen degree program will help meet the selected goals and how the candidate’s life experiences, accomplishments, and interests will contribute to his or her success in the program; and
- 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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Students must successfully complete all retention requirements before proceeding with the remainder of the program.
- Attendance at a program orientation.
- From 15 to 18 hours of graduate credit, including CURR 654 or CURR 655 , CURR 653 and required EDPS and SOFD courses, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
- 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.
To graduate, students must:
- Complete an approved program of study with a GPA of 3.0 or better;
- Successfully present to the Graduate Review Board a professional teaching portfolio;
- Apply for graduation and obtain the advisor’s recommendation; and
- Meet all other Office of Graduate Studies and Research requirements for the degree.
Degree Requirements: 30 hours
Foundation Courses: 12 hours
Foundation courses provide the basis on which all subsequent courses are built and must be taken within the first 18 hours of course work
Research Requirement: 6 hours
Concentration: 12 hours
Students select one of three concentrations