Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

Program Coordinator: Dr. Michael Coquyt, Ed.D
School of Teaching and Learning
Lommen 216C, (218) 477-2019

The Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction provides candidates with both a theoretical base and opportunity for practical application within the areas of educational foundations, curriculum theory, instructional best practices, and educational research. The core requirements provide not only a theoretical base, but an opportunity to conduct action research in the classroom with the purpose of providing a solid research base that is appropriate for the P-12 teacher who seeks a means by which to increase student achievement. In addition to the core, students must select a 13-credit emphasis in one of the following areas: Kodaly, Literacy, Special Education, Technology, Teaching English as a Second Language or Teacher Leadership.

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction - 32 credits

Admission Requirements

Information on admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Studies webpage.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the history and development of social structures in America and the relationship between social structures and schooling.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of historical, psychological, philosophical, multicultural, economic and social contexts of schooling.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of curriculum design, implementation and modification.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social and technological developments affecting curriculum.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of curriculum options and instructional strategies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current issue trends in education.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify relevant problems in classrooms and schools.
  • Demonstrated ability to critically reflect on schooling practices and policies.
  • Demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to design and conduct an action research project.
  • Demonstrate ability to thoughtfully write an action research paper and clearly articulate the paper's findings.

Program Delivery Mode
Online Exclusive: must be completed entirely online; no face-to-face options available

Core Requirements ( 19 credits )

ED 601 Psychological Foundations of Education (2)
ED 603 Methods of Research (2)
ED 696 Action Research (2)
ED 613 Social, Cultural, Political and Community Dimensions of Education (4)
ED 632 Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Theory (4)
ED 527 Emerging Technologies (2) OR
MATH 515 Tools and Technology for Secondary Mathematics (2)
SPED 664 Theory and Process of Consultation and Collaboration (3)

Program Requirements

  • Minimum of 32 credits.
  • 3.0 grade point average required for courses submitted for the degree.
  • Action Research Project/Integrated Paper.
  • Written Comprehensive Examination.

Detailed information on these requirements and department policies and procedures may be obtained from the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program Coordinator.

Emphasis in Kodaly

Program Requirements ( 13 credits )

Kodaly Emphasis Requirements (9 credits)
MUS 634 Kodaly Method for Training Teachers Level I (3)
MUS 635 Kodaly Method for Training Teachers Level II (3)
MUS 636 Kodaly Method for Training Teachers Level III (3)

Kodaly Electives (4 credits)
MUS 590 Topics in Music (1-2)
MUS 620 Instrumental Ensemble (1)
MUS 637 Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 (3)

Emphasis in Literacy

Program Requirements ( 14 credits )

EECE 613 Literacy Instruction and Assessment: A Historical Perspective (3)
EECE 614 Literacy in the Content Areas (3)
EECE 645 Developmental Diagnosis of and Instruction in Literacy (3)
EECE 646 Reading Clinic Diagnosis (2)
EECE 615 Literature for Young and Adolescent Readers: Content and Methods (3)

Emphasis in Special Education

Program Requirements ( 13 credits )

SPED 555 Characteristics of Students with Learning and Behavior Problems (4)
SPED 613 Inclusive Teaching Practices (3)
SPED 620 Perspectives and Policies in Special Education (3)
SPED 670 Transitional/Career Education for Secondary Students (3)

Emphasis in Technology

Program Requirements ( 13 credits )

Technology Emphasis Requirements (8 credits)
ED 523 Design of Online Instruction (2)
ED 525 Methods of Computer-Mediated Communication in Education (2)
ED 534 Assessment Strategies for Technology-Enhanced Curricula (2)
ED 602 Statistics in Educational Research (2)

Technology Electives (5 credits)
ED 535 Infusing Technology into Mathematics (2)
ED 590 Topics in Education (teacher leadership focus) (1)
ED 630 Leadership, Planning and Organizational Behavior in Education (3)
ED 634 Personal Communication and Ethics (3)
ED 670 Educational Alternatives for Learning (2)
ED 671 Issues in Education (2)
ED 690 Topics in Education (teacher leadership focus) (1)

Emphasis in TESL

Program Requirements ( 13 credits )

TESL Emphasis Requirements (7 credits)
LANG 557 Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching (3)
TESL 625 Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language and Literacy (3)
TESL 690 Special Topics (1) OR
ED 669 Internship (1)

TESL Electives (6 credits)
TESL 551 English Structures (3)
TESL 654 Pedagogical Grammar (3)
TESL 670 Designing ESL Courses (3)
TESL 675 Assessment in TESL (3)
ED 669 Internship (3)

Emphasis in Teacher Leadership

Program Requirements ( 15 credits )

ED 630 Leadership, Planning, and Organizational Behavior in Education (3)
ED 634 Personal Communications and Ethics (3)
PSY 634 Methods for Evidence Based Practice (2)
ED 670 Educational Alternatives for Learning (2)
ED 671 Issues in Education (2)
ED 690 Topics Related to Instructional Coaching (2)
ED 669 Internship (1)

Emphasis in Mathematics Education

Program Requirements ( 16 credits )

MATH 512 Proportional Reasoning and Related Topics, Grades 6-12 (3)
MATH 616 Teaching Mathematics at the College Level (3)
MATH 626 Problem Solving (3)
MATH 634 Probability and Statistics for Teachers (4)
MATH 676 Abstract Algebra and Galois Theory (3)