Mar 31, 2023  
2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

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Program Overview:

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is designed to offer candidates who already hold teacher certification an opportunity to address one or more advanced preparation objectives including the requirements of an add-on certification option, advanced preparation in their existing certification area, coursework addressing an advanced skill set, or additional training in one or more content areas.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction


Students will be able to understand, analyze, and evaluate current theories in and research regarding learning and teaching.


Candidates will demonstrate their ability to articulate current theories and present their non-thesis research.


Students will write an original research paper (non-thesis) that communicates best practices based on application of theories and the results of their original research.





The prospective master’s student must meet the admission requirements established by the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must hold a standard teaching certificate.


The minimum requirement in the M.Ed. program is 36 credit hours that include 12 credit hours of required coursework and 24 credit hours in a specialty area. Specialty areas include Gifted, Early Intervention, English as a Second Language, Mild/Moderate, Reading Specialist, or Advanced Exploration. No more than 9 credit hours can be earned in 5000-level courses. Any M.Ed. candidate receiving more than six hours of graduate coursework with a grade of C or lower will be dropped from the program.

Each candidate is required to complete a minimum of 40 clock hours of field work associated with assignments in courses within the program of study. Candidates must develop an electronic portfolio aligned with professional standards to demonstrate their effectiveness as a teacher. Each candidate must also successfully complete the Mid-Program Assessment that includes a Research Paper and Oral Examination on a Contemporary Issue that demonstrates competency in theory-practice-research interaction. In addition, each candidate will complete a Final/Capstone Assessment consisting of an Action Research Project and Oral Examination. Two failures of the examination necessitate dismissal from the master’s program.

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