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Curriculum and Instruction Concentration of the Master of Science in Education

All Master of Science in Education programs address learning outcomes in the areas of advanced instruction, curriculum theory, human development, and social foundations appropriate for the specific emphasis. Graduates of the Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the varied dimensions of the relationship between schools and their surrounding community, as well as the ability to use that understanding to ensure equitable and respectful treatment of all stakeholders and develop and implement a collaboratively developed mission and vision for a school;
  • critically evaluate research on educational issues such as pedagogical practices, student learning, and educational polices and engage in action research to advance student learning;
  • employ data literacy, data analysis, and technology to plan for the improvement of professional practice, the improvement of school organization, and/or program effectiveness;
  • demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal considerations and practices surrounding curricular, instructional, and operational decision-making appropriate for their roles in education;
  • apply theories and best practices of curriculum, instruction, and assessment relevant to their roles in education; and,
  • engage in reflection and critical inquiry to explore educational issues related to curriculum and instruction.

The Master of Science in Education degree program with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction emphasizes community, reflection, action research, and continuous improvement of professional practice. The program of study includes 33 credit hours culminating in an action research project implemented in the graduate student’s P-12 classroom or school.

Note: None of the MSE programs lead to an initial teaching license.

Program Curriculum for the Master of Science in Education - 33 Credit Hours

Select 2 (two) courses from the following list:

  • EDUC 511 - Foundations and Legal Issues Related to Exceptional Needs
  • EDUC 523 - Collaborative Partnerships
  • EDUC 604 - Equity Education
  • EDUC 684 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Education

The Director of Graduate Programs in the Teacher Education department will consult with each student regarding appropriate coursework to be included in an 18-credit hour individual program of study.

Example programs of study include:
  • Communications with focus options in Language Arts, Business, Career & Technical Education: Marketing, or Journalism
  • Early Childhood (leadership or teaching)
  • Elementary Generalist
  • History
  • Kinesiology, Sport, and Health
  • Secondary English Teaching (Dual Credit)
  • Special Education
  • Teachers of English Learners
  • Teacher Leadership
  • World Languages and Cultures

Other choices can be made from among graduate-level courses offered by individual academic departments and by other graduate programs, as permitted.

All MSE students must complete the research sequence requirement – 9 hours. (Note these courses must be taken at USI. Transfer courses will not be accepted for the research sequence.)

  • EDUC 601 - Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 699 - Supervised Research (1-3 credit hours)
    • NOTE: 6 credits of EDUC 699 are required, taken twice for 3 credits each.