Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

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.

Program Curriculum - 33 Credit Hours

Required Core Courses (9 credit hours)
  • EDUC 651 - Instructional Internship 
  • EDUC 681 - Foundations of Community-Based Education
  • EDUC 684 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Education

All courses listed are three (3) credit hours.

Additional Courses (15 credit hours)

Choose one from each of the following pairs of courses:

  • EDUC 604 - Equity Education OR
  • EDUC 580 - Diversity in Children's Literature

  • EDUC 682 - Issues in Educational Leadership OR
  • EDUC 540 - Current Trends in Reading

  • EDUC 683 - School Improvement Models and Processes OR
  • EDUC 555 - Diagnostic Teaching of Reading

  • EDUC 685 - Curriculum and Learning for Educational Leaders OR
  • EDUC 641 - Literacy Programs in the Classroom 

  • EDUC 523 - Collaborative Partnerships OR
  • EDUC 542 - Advanced Children's Literature

All courses listed are three (3) credit hours.

Research Sequence (9 credit hours)

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.)

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Dr. Tori Colson
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