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Graduate Programs

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (General Studies)

This 36-credit program covers an array of education-related topics and situations, and candidates participate in a self-designed capstone project. The graduate program in Curriculum & Instruction (formerly General Studies) is for candidates who:

  • have a strong interest in education or are pursuing a career in an education setting that does not require formal licensing or certification
  • already hold a teaching license, but want to earn a master’s degree (M.Ed.)
  • are interested in advancing their Initial license to Professional status

The Curriculum & Instruction program is non-licensure and MTELs are not required for program completion.

Advising

Students admitted to the Curriculum & Instruction program will be assigned and academic advisor. The advisor will help construct a program that meets your personal and professional objectives.  The course list below is a guide and can be altered with advisor approval.  All students must contact their academic advisor to be cleared for registration each semester.

Program Components

Core Courses (12 credits) 

The core of our program emphasizes social justice and the role that education plays in a democratic, pluralistic, and complex society. Required courses for all students are as follows:

  • ED 640G - Diversity and Social Justice
  • ED 6100G - Research Topics in Education
  • GRAD 590 - Capstone

Areas of Concentration (12 credits)

Students may choose from any of the following concentration, or consult with their academic advisor to create a track based on individual personal and professional goals.  Concentrations can be in any of the licensure areas, or a self-designed concentration.

Literacy
(*not designed for obtaining the Reading Specialist license)

  • RDG 506G - Emergence of Literacy 
  • ED 5200G - Reading Interventions and Strategies
  • ED 5880G - Literacies Across the Content Areas

English as a Second Language 

  • ED 5910G - Foundations of ESL
  • ED 553G - Assessment of ESL
  • ED 559G - Issues and Trends in ESL

Leadership and Community Studies

  • ED 607G - Advanced Leadership and Policy in Education
  • CME 525G - School, Family and Community Partnerships
  • CME 530G - Social Policy for Children and Families

Electives (12 credits)

Students may choose electives from other graduate education programs: Teacher Education (licensure); Higher Education; Community Engagement; or Criminology.

Capstone 

All students will complete a self-designed capstone projects — an original research project that can be practice- or policy-focused. Each student will choose an area of interest related to their career goals, and focused on creating change in Education. The capstone course is the culminating experience of the master’s program in Curriculum & Instruction.