Students enrolled in the Methods and Curriculum program must complete:
- Four core courses required for the Curriculum & Instruction degree
- Foundation courses for the specific concentration
M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods and Curriculum
EDGR 520 (3)
Curriculum Design and Assessment
This course will provide students with an intensive study of pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching in schools, curricular recommendations of professional associations, recommendations that have emerged from recent educational research, and recommendations of recent reform movements. Specific emphasis will be given to the study of alternative approaches to curriculum theory, design, practice, and evaluation. Educators will have the opportunity to apply theory to either their own classroom and school settings at the early childhood, elementary, middle school, or high school levels as well as other work environments.
EDCI 561 (3)
Foundations of STEM Education
Candidates will gain an in-depth understanding of the historical and contemporary practices of integrating the principles and skills of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) content into and across the PreK-12 curriculum as they understand the importance of developing critical thinkers in the classroom who value and promote investigation, inquiry, exploration, questioning, and testing. The specific principles and skills to be addressed as essential to comprehensive STEM education throughout this concentration are presented in the new Next Generation Science Standards and include:
- Asking questions and defining problems
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations and designing solutions
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
EDEL 533 (3)
Language and Culture in the Classroom
This course introduces the student to the theories and practice of multicultural counseling and intercultural communication by examining the cultural diversity in our classrooms and communities, defining similarities and differences in perceptual and communication style, and investigating cultural adaptation and intercultural communication skills. It examines parent and community involvement as resources that enhance the multicultural counseling and education processes.
EDCI 528 (3)
Foundation Concepts for Inclusive Teaching
The general education classroom teacher’s role in identifying and teaching a growing population of students with other special needs in the general education classroom is the major focus of the Foundation Concepts for Inclusive Teaching. This course presents the fundamental concepts related to teaching students with disabilities and students with other special needs in transformative general education classrooms. Information on the history of special education and the federal policies related to serving students with disabilities in public schools is reviewed in the initial phase of the course. Included in this review is an analysis of the general education teacher’s role in the various phases of serving students with disabilities in the general education classroom including the implementation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan. The second phase of the course will examine: the characteristics and needs of students with persistent academic disabilities, students with significant cognitive disabilities, and the categories of disabilities (high incidence and low incidence disabilities) as they relate to teaching students with disabilities in general education classrooms and are defined within the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). A similar analysis of the characteristics and needs of students with other special needs who are served in general education classrooms will also be conducted. Accommodations, modifications and adaptations that support the success of students with disabilities and students with other special needs in transformative general education classrooms will conclude this course of study.
EDGR 601 (3)
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
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.