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Curriculum & Instruction, MS

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Jeannie McDowell

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The online Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is designed for beginning and experienced teachers and other educators who are deeply committed to perfecting their instructional effectiveness and becoming teacher-leaders in their local settings. 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.
Educators 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 having educators to reflect on and examine their own knowledge, abilities, and educational effectiveness through the use of data collected from their practice interpreted using the theoretical and methodological tools introduced in the program.

The online C&I master's allows educators to specialize in an area of study through offering a number of majors (Elementary Education, English Education, Special Education).

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.

Time to Completion

2 years, part time

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • 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.
  • EDG5XXX Re-Inventing Student Learning for the 21st Century Curricula (3)
    (In Development)
  • EDG5XXX Using Assessments for Differentiating Instruction (3)
    (In Development)
  • EDG5XXX Analyzing and Refining Teaching (3)
    (In Development)
  • EDG5XXX Culturally Responsive Teaching for Equitable 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.

Total Credit Hours



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

The program is a minimum of 33 semester hours, with 21 semester hours of required CORE coursework:

  • Making sense of data to inform instruction (EDG 5339, 3 hr)
  • Using assessments for differentiating instruction (EDG 5XXX, 3hr)
  • Culturally responsive teaching for equitable instruction (EDG 5XXX, 3hr)
  • Teaching and Technology (LAE 5867, 3 hr)
  • Re-inventing student learning for 21st Century Curricula (EDG 5XXX, 3hr)
  • Analyzing and Refining Teaching (EDG 5XXX, 3hr)
  • Adaptations and accommodation for learners with disabilities (EEX 5089, 3 hr)

For the other 12 semester hours, students will complete courses to fulfill one of the following majors: Elementary Education, English Education, Special Education.


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.

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.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • EEX5239 Assessment and Methods in Early Childhood Special Education (3)
    This coures focuses on the formal and informal evaluation techniques and individualized instruction for young children with disabilities.
  • EEX5248 Positive Behavior Support (3)
    This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of positive behavior supports in keeping with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997.
  • EEX5456 Program Development for Young Children with Disabilities (3)
    This course focuses on issues related to providing comprehensive services to you children with disabilities.

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