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Curriculum and Instruction, M.A.
Basic Degree Information/Description
The program is focused on the theoretical and practical aspects of curriculum planning, development, implementation, and evaluation in all subject fields and at all educational levels. The concepts of curricular innovation and teaching excellence are stressed in conjunction with expanded knowledge of content fields and applied research. Students who want to specialize in a teaching field may do so by taking courses in that field to support the concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. Within this concentration, a student may specialize in the supervision of instruction.
Why pursue an MA in Education - Curriculum and Instruction?
- Program breadth and quality: Students can choose from a variety of possibilities relating to teacher leadership in curriculum, curriculum development and administration, and specialties in curriculum focused on specific subject-matter areas.
- Relevance to a variety of professional contexts from early childhood to middle school and secondary to higher education and other adult learning situations.
- Thesis Option: 33 Semester Credit Hours
- Non-Thesis Option: 36 Semester Credit Hours
- For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
- Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
- A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- A completed Graduate Studies application.
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- If an applicant’s GPA is between 2.7 and 2.99, probationary admission may be granted and the student must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA during the first 12 hours of coursework.
- Resume, Letters of Recommendation, and Statement of Purpose are not required.
- Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
- Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
- Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.
Career Options Available for an M.A. in Education - Curriculum and Instruction
Preparation in C&I supports teachers at the early childhood/elementary, middle school, secondary and higher education/adult levels. It also supports administrators in their role as curriculum leaders. In addition, it prepares curriculum coordinators and specialists for their roles in schools or in other settings where training is developed and presented.
Research taking place in the Curriculum and Instruction program
The faculty is involved in extensive research on teaching and curriculum in a variety of disciplines and on curriculum theory and application. There are on-going projects in areas such as environmental education, middle-school education, the teaching of science and math, and the teaching of Spanish to heritage speakers.