Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction

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Concordia’s Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is an innovative, inquiry-based program with a focus on professional development.

The goal of the curriculum and instruction master’s program is to provide an opportunity for practicing teachers and other educational professionals to enhance their understanding and expertise to improve students' performance, and to accept greater responsibility in their roles as educational leaders, advocates, and life-long learners.

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

Options

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Teacher Leadership – 36 hours

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Curriculum Supervisor endorsement – 39 hours

Prerequisites

A valid K-12 teaching credential with two years teaching experience is required if a Curriculum Supervisor endorsement is desired.

Program Overview

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is a 36-hour, non-thesis innovative, inquiry-based program with a focus on professional development and the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards with the following structure:

  • a common core of coursework designed to increase graduate students’ skill levels and knowledge base (12 credit hours)
  • best practice in curriculum instruction and design (12 credits)
  • assessment analysis and application, leadership development, and educational research (9 credits)
  • a capstone design project in each student’s interest area meeting the goals and objectives of their own professional development plans (3 credits)

The goal of the Curriculum and Instruction Master’s program is to provide an opportunity for practicing teachers and other educational professionals to enhance their understanding and expertise in the following areas to improve students' performance, while also providing the training and credentials to become engaged, forward-thinking administrators, educational leaders, advocates, and life-long learners:

  • development of differentiated curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners;
  • analysis, interpretation and application of standardized assessment data within the curriculum;
  • instructional strategies;
  • best practice, and
  • educational research.

Note: this program also offers an optional administrative Curriculum Supervisor endorsement, which requires an additional 3 credit-hour practicum (EDUC 590) in addition to the 36 program credits. The Curriculum Supervisor endorsement is not a requirement of the M.Ed. program; candidates choosing to pursue this endorsement must declare their intent on entering the program.

Those who complete the C&I program and would like to add the Education Administration endorsement will also have to take 18 hours plus meet the requirements of that endorsement. See the Education Administration section of the graduate catalog.

Concordia offers this program in a cohort format; a small group, or cohort, takes the same classes at the same time. This format fosters life-long, professional relationships and offers invaluable peer support. Courses take eight weeks to complete. Classes are offered online. Students will finish the program in two years.

Objectives

Graduate students who complete this program will be able to:

  1. Integrate theory with reflective practice.
  2. Evaluate and improve processes of curriculum development.
  3. Remain current with regard to educational issues, individualized instruction, assessment and the elements of best practice.
  4. Engage in collaborative learning with colleagues who offer similar, as well as diverse, backgrounds, experiences, and views.
  5. Facilitate their development as life-long learners, who are capable of informing their instructional practices through appropriate application of research results.
  6. Enhance leadership skills, dispositions and practices.

Core courses: (listed in the order in which they will be taken)

  • EDUC 534 Empowering Teachers as Leaders
  • EDUC 594 Research Evaluation and Design
  • EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education
  • EDUC 531 Differentiating Instruction to Increase Student Achievement
  • EDUC 551 Curriculum Design and Evaluation
  • PSY 511 Psychological Foundations to Teaching and Learning
  • EDUC 514 Analyzing and Applying Assessment Data
  • EDUC 506 Integrating Technology into the Classroom
  • EDUC 552 Processes in Elementary and Secondary School Administration
  • EDUC 532 Enhancing Learning Through Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
  • SOC 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World
  • EDUC 540 Curriculum and Instruction Capstone
  • EDUC 537 Portfolio Review
  • EDUC 590 Curriculum and Instruction Practicum (required only if pursuing Curriculum Supervisor endorsement)

Additional courses for Education Administration endorsement: (18 hours)

  • EDUC 581 Introduction to School Administration (250 hour practicum)
  • EDUC 610 School Resource Management
  • EDUC 554 Supervision of Instruction
  • EDUC 557 School Law
  • EDUC 612 School Community Relations
  • EDUC 620 School Improvement Processes