The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to help teachers enhance their professionalism, improve their quality of instruction, and better prepare them for leadership roles within their school districts. By integrating theory, practice, and research, the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction provides teachers and other professionals with educational responsibilities with opportunities to enhance their levels of professional knowledge, discover innovative and effective approaches to teaching and learning, and at the same time gain greater competency within their disciplines. The primary purpose of the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is to advance knowledge and increase skills for licensed teachers working with students in school settings.
Each course within this Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program will be three credit hours. Individual professors will determine the criteria for evaluation; however, it is expected that these professors will utilize varied methods of instruction and assessment including readings, online technology, examinations, research papers, and relevant field-based assignments. One consistent requirement across all courses within the program will focus on the need to meet program objectives. It is expected that all courses will also be theory-and-action-oriented. In addition, there will be a specific research course designed to familiarize students with the strategies they will need to successfully put the knowledge they have gained regarding theory and methodology into action by completing their capstone thesis experience.
The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is a 33-credit hour program of study. Students complete 15 credits in educational pedagogy, and 15 credits in a discipline-specific content area. After successfully completing all core AND content area courses, students are eligible to take the Comprehensive Exam. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is a prerequisite for the 3-credit hour capstone course, EDUC 580 - Action Research Thesis Experience