May 23, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Curriculum and Instruction [M.A.]


Revised Program [Fall 2022]


The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30-credit hour online degree program designed to enhance and expand existing knowledge, skills, and dispositions while further developing the core competencies expected of advanced educators. This degree program prepares graduates with opportunities to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to and beneficial for:

  • Design and implement, effective curriculum to meet the needs of students in the 21st century.
  • Effectively align instruction with curriculum standards, assessment tools, and individual needs of students.
  • Critically analyzing curricular and instructional practices within learning environments and appropriately responding to the findings.
  • Articulating the rationale for decisions regarding professional practice.
  • Making informed decisions by reflecting on experiences both past and present to improve teaching practices that enhance student learning.
  • Acquire leadership skills that can be applied in the classroom or a school leadership role.
  • Becoming change leaders for the improvement of their schools or learning environment.

This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.

Program Admission


Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements: A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Department Information


Teacher Education 313 Porter, 734.487.3260

Wendy Burke, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information


Virginia M. Harder, PhD, 313 Porter, 734.487.2729

Program Requirements


Retention Requirements

A retention review after 18 credit hours may be conducted by a faculty advisor. Students who have not met the following criteria will be identified and asked to meet with their faculty advisors. Students must have:

  • A minimum GPA of at least 3.0
  • An overall academic skills assessment of average or above in any class.
  • 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.

Degree Requirements: 30 hours


To graduate, students must:

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

Concentration: 6 hours


Select one concentration from the following.

Critical Graduation Information


Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.