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Curriculum & Instruction, MS

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Jeannie McDowell
jmcdowell@fsu.edu
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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

Internet

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

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • EDG5206 Teachers and Curriculum Development (3)
    This course explores the challenges of curricular design from the institutional role of the teacher and analyzes how a teacher can become an effective contributor in curricular deliberation within the settings of schools and school districts.
  • EDG5339 Making Sense of Data to Inform Instruction (3)
    This course is designed to support educators in exploring the concepts underlying the use of data to inform instructional strategies. The course provides an understanding of accountability systems and the wide range of data collection tools, and supports the development of educators' skills in basic data analysis procedures, data interpretation, and application of these interpretations to shape instructional practice in classrooms and other educational settings.
  • EDG5342 Analyzing and Refining Teaching (3)
    This course assists teachers in identifying their own theoretical framework for instruction and using this framework to closely examine their own practice through the use of data collected from that practice. The course is designed to support teachers' synthesis of the theories, techniques, technology, and approaches introduced throughout the program into a coherent theoretical framework to be used to refine teachers' instructional practice.
  • EDG5345 Using Assessments in the PK-12 Classroom to Differentiate Instruction (3)
    The course explores the wide range of formats (e.g., diagnostic, formative, and summative) of useful classroom assessments utilized across a variety of academic disciplines, grade levels, and student abilities. Focus is on how these assessment tools can inform learners' cognitive resources and instructional practices that can be used to differentiate instruction.
  • EDG5709 Culturally Responsive Teaching for Equitable Instruction (3)
    This course addresses culturally responsive teaching and how it can be used to improve the academic performance of culturally and linguistically diverse learners including those living in poverty as well as those with differing family structures.
  • EDG5XXX Re-Inventing Student Learning for the 21st Century Curricula (3)
    (In Development)
  • EDG5XXX Analyzing and Refining Teaching (3)
    (In Development)
  • EDG5XXX Culturally Responsive Teaching for Equitable Instruction (3)
    (In Development)
  • EDG5XXX Using Assessments for Differentiating Instruction (3)
    (In Development)
  • EEX5089 Adaptations and Accommodations for Learners with Disabilities (3)
    This course provides information regarding adaptations and supports that enhance the education of children and youth with learning and behavior challenges. Emphasis is placed on procedures that adapt the general education curriculum.
  • EME5050 Teaching and Technology (3)
    This course is designed to address current technology research and learning theory, instructional design and product development, information access and delivery issues, and pragmatic ideas for integrating educational technology in the classroom. Emphasis is on applying technology applications as an effective tool in teaching and learning.

Total Credit Hours

33

Prerequisites

Students must have completed a BS and have access to students in some sort of instructional capacity (formal or informal). Students must meet the hardware, software, and internet requirements as outlined by the University Computer Requirements and Office of Distance Learning. In addition, students should have access to the following software programs: Flash Player, Apple QuickTime, RealPlayer Video or VLC Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Software to open .zip files, Skype, Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel.

Program Requirements

A bachelors degree with at least a 3.0 GPA. An earned bachelors degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelors degree.

GRE test scores. Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): GRE Regristration FSU Institution Code: 5219.

Target Scores:

  • Verbal: 146+
  • Quantitative: 140+

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 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.

Summer 2018 Course Offerings

  • EDG5709 Culturally Responsive Teaching for Equitable Instruction (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course addresses culturally responsive teaching and how it can be used to improve the academic performance of culturally and linguistically diverse learners including those living in poverty as well as those with differing family structures.
  • EEX5089 Adaptations and Accommodations for Learners with Disabilities (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides information regarding adaptations and supports that enhance the education of children and youth with learning and behavior challenges. Emphasis is placed on procedures that adapt the general education curriculum.
  • EEX5456 Program Development for Young Children with Disabilities (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course focuses on issues related to providing comprehensive services to young children with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on topics surrounding the development and evaluation of developmentally appropriate programs, family-focused intervention, providing services in normalized settings, and the utilization of evidence-based practices for children birth to age five years who are developmentally delayed, are at risk for developmental delay, or who have a specific disability.

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

  • EDG5342 Analyzing and Refining Teaching (3)
    This course assists teachers in identifying their own theoretical framework for instruction and using this framework to closely examine their own practice through the use of data collected from that practice. The course is designed to support teachers' synthesis of the theories, techniques, technology, and approaches introduced throughout the program into a coherent theoretical framework to be used to refine teachers' instructional practice.
  • EDG5345 Using Assessments in the PK-12 Classroom to Differentiate Instruction (3)
    The course explores the wide range of formats (e.g., diagnostic, formative, and summative) of useful classroom assessments utilized across a variety of academic disciplines, grade levels, and student abilities. Focus is on how these assessment tools can inform learners' cognitive resources and instructional practices that can be used to differentiate instruction.
  • EEX5708 Teaming with Families, Schools and the Community (3)
    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to collaborate and team with professionals from a variety of disciplines in the schools and other community agencies, to include family members in the collaboration process, and to support families of children with disabilities throughout the life cycle.
  • MAE5146 School of Math Curriculum (3)
    This course establishes a theoretical perspective and then major curriculum projects are examined and critiqued. Reform movements are considered in light of historical events and the current social climate.
  • MAE6148 Curriculum in Mathematics Education (3)
    This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop an initial theoretical framework in which to analyze mathematics curricula from a philosophical and psychological basis.


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