M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Equity, Ethics, and Justice

The Concordia University - Portland M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Equity, Ethics, and Justice will provide educational practitioners with the skills to effectively serve as school and community instructional leaders or as ethical educators and equity crusaders who will develop additional skills to combat the many social and economic factors that hinder a child’s opportunity to receive quality education.

The Next Start Date is June 6th

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Equity, Ethics, and Justice Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives for all Concordia Portland’s M.Ed. programs, successful candidates in the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Equity, Ethics, and Justice concentration will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress.
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results.
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students.

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in the Equity, Ethics, and Justice program must complete:

  • Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
  • Foundation courses for the specific concentration

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Equity, Ethics and Justice
15 credits
EDCI 501 (3)
Principles of Ethics and Logic
This course will focus on the study of ethics and formal logic related to the profession of teaching and school administration. Contemporary issues within education will be explored and course principles will be used for application in one's immediate work environment. Candidates will investigate the use of valid and sound logic and articulate a personal code of ethics which includes the following components: accountability, respect, fairness, integrity and compassion.
EDCI 590 (3)
Equity and Social Justice in the Classroom
This course is designed to empower participants toward philosophical and practical change in support of equity and social justice, by preparing and supporting educators to think critically, transform practice, promote justice, and become change agents in their classrooms and in their districts and communities. Scholarly work will be linked to real world examples, focusing on how race, religion, gender and class are woven into the field of education. Activities and discussions will equip participants with the tools needed to create a classroom culture in which equity, equality, and social justice are shared values.
EDCI 593 (3)
Case Studies in Law and Ethics
This course is a study of legal and ethical issues relative to practical matters that educators confront in their daily practice. Case studies that speak directly to teachers and focus on day-to-day ethical dilemmas in education form the foundation for this course. Particularly important to this course is the emphasis on the dimension of ethics as it relates to teaching and leadership.
EDCI 587 (3)
The Ethical Educator
This course is grounded in the belief that it is the responsibility of educators to employ ethical practice in the daily activities of their personal and professional lives. Educators must also ensure that the institutional policies and practices of their school or organization adhere to the application of ethical practice throughout the workplace. This study of the use of ethical principles in an educational context will include an examination of the underlying assumptions and implicit or explicit policies that can support or erode ethical practice. As a result of the activities and discussions completed in this course, students will have the opportunity to transform their personal and professional ethical lives and priorities.
EDGR 601 (3)
Educational Research
This course provides students with the basic competencies necessary to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to plan their own research with a minimum of assistance. This course includes the basics of both qualitative and quantitative research.

The Master of Education culminates with one of three courses
3 credits
EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research (CAPSTONE)
Action research is one of the capstone projects for the Master of Education program. During this five-week course, candidates will learn more about the action research methodology, complete final edits of the Literature Review, and design a complete Action Research proposal including data collection methods and analysis approaches. (During this course, the proposal will NOT be implemented with students/participants.)
This design provides students with the requisite skills and means to pursue the transformative practice called "Action Research" in their classroom, school, district or other work environment. The design method for the capstone project closely aligns with current classroom realities, with district and school requirements, and the needs of teachers and students.
EDGR 699 (3)
The Thesis offers the graduate student the opportunity to investigate, in depth, a topic in the field of education. The student, working with his or her thesis instructor, will explore relevant literature and present a thesis following the procedure established by the College of Education.
EDGR 696 (3)
Practitioner Inquiry (CAPSTONE)
Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the reflective acts of the candidate as an educator seeking to improve teaching practice. Premised in the self-study research methodological traditions (Samaras, 2011), Practitioner Inquiry provides the opportunity to reflect on teaching practice and generate improvements based on classroom observation. Practitioner Inquiry focuses on the educator and her/his own practices, developing skills of inquiry, observation, reflection, and action in teachers. Prerequisite: Successful completion of EDGR 601 Educational Research

Any of the above options provide candidates with an understanding of the role of research in the field of education as a tool to solve problems and as a way to improve student learning.

Earning Your Curriculum & Instruction: Equity, Ethics, and Justice Master's Degree Online

The Master of Education Degree in Curriculum & Instruction: Equity, Ethics, and Justice is fully online. This online format uses cutting-edge curriculum delivered on easy-to-use online learning technology to provide students with a challenging educational experience. Each online course is 5 weeks in length.


Career Opportunities

  • K-12 Teacher with Equity, Ethics & Justice Specialty
  • Higher Education Instructor in Equity, Ethics & Justice
  • Consultant/Advisor in Equity, Ethics & Justice
  • Professional Development: Equity, Ethics & Justice
  • Program Director, District: Equity, Ethics & Justice
  • Advisor to Local, State & National Policymakers: Equity, Ethics & Justice
  • Director/Coordinator, District or School Accountability Division
  • Division or Department Chair

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