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Curriculum & Instruction, MS

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Jeannie McDowell

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The online masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is designed for current educators who are committed to improving their instructional effectiveness and becoming teacher leaders. The program assists educators in better understanding and addressing the needs of the diverse students they serve; the dynamic policy environment represented by new state and local standards; and research-based instructional approaches and supports that are available to teachers in the 21st century.

Students in the program will use their teaching context as sites to explore the ideas, techniques, technology, and approaches introduced in the program to determine their local effectiveness. Participation in the program will require educators to be committed to honing their knowledge of students, content, and standards. This will be accomplished by participants examining their own knowledge, abilities, and educational effectiveness through the use of data collected from their practice. This data will then be interpreted using the theoretical and methodological tools introduced in the program. Online mentors will also be available to help teachers navigate the program.

Please note: This program does not lead to teacher certification as it is an advanced program designed for current teachers. Courses will be offered when resources are available.

Method of Delivery


Time or Location Requirements

All coursework is available on-line. Courses will be largely online, asynchronous, with some opportunity for face-to-face interaction dependent on courses in the major and electives selected. On-line core courses are designed to accommodate teachers' varied work schedules. A minimum of one CORE course is offered each fall, spring, and summer semesters. In addition, courses appropriate to specific majors are offered each semester. Students begin the program in the fall semester as graduate students. The core courses of this online program, most of which are offered in an asynchronous format, are designed to accommodate teachers varied work schedules. There is some opportunity for face-to-face interaction depending on the courses in the major and electives selected.

Time to Completion

Usually 2 years


The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2018-19 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

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