MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies (K-14)

The goal of the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies (K-14) is to develop a concrete understanding of the integration of the social studies curriculum with project-based learning while invigorating the teaching of social studies professionals and energizing students to do historical work that will demonstrate the power of critical thinking in a globalizing world.

The Next Start Date is October 9th

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies Program Goals

In addition to meeting the objectives and requirements for the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies (K-14) online degree program, success candidates will also demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the utilization of new methods of authentic assessment and strategies as tools to evaluate student learning progress in relation to Oregon's Common Core State Standards and specific district standards
  • Effective instructional skills in planning, implementing, and assessing instruction in settings that include diverse cultural populations and special needs students
  • An understanding of the ways that the specific curricular/instructional area has the potential to be responsive to classroom diversity
  • A clear understanding of the moral leadership required of them as advanced scholars in the chosen area of curriculum and instruction
  • The ability to modify instructional plans and promote alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment results

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in the Social Studies program must complete:

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

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Core Courses
12 credits
EDGR 502 (3)
Developing Character Through the Curriculum

This course will provide teachers with the resources and skills necessary to integrate character themes and character development into their school curriculum. It provides a forum in which to discuss and develop one's own moral perspectives on the basis of generally accepted criteria.

EDGR 535 (3)
Theories of Teaching and Learning
This course is designed to provide leaders with the latest psychological research about learning and guide them in exploring ways to directly apply these precepts to their current work setting. Topics will include cognitive science, learning theory, and relevant teaching theories that utilize this information. The course will fuse the latest biological and psychological understanding of how the brain learns so candidates can harness this knowledge and apply it directly to learning situations.
EDGR 595 (3)
Community of Learners
Relationships constructed on trust are critical for an efficient, collegial, collaborative workplace. This course challenges candidates to confront the tremendous diversity in their current environment and develop strategies to build community in the midst of the social, ethnic, economic and alternative lifestyle differences that permeate today's 21st century workplace. In sum, this course stresses the critical importance of creating community in the workplace and illustrates how that community, once established, can generate an efficient, supportive, and positive work place.
EDGR 602 (3)
Contemporary Educational Thought

Candidates identify, review, and analyze major trends and issues impacting the contemporary state and national educational scenes. Each class session provides students with an opportunity to evaluate the advantages and liabilities of current educational reforms and issues from the perspective of prevailing educational research as well as from their own personal beliefs and current work environment. Candidates will also consider how they can impact and influence change in their own workplace.

*This course is offered in a seminar format online, which consists of three one-week (1 credit) courses that are taken throughout the program.

MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies
12 credits
EDCI 572 (3)
Historical Thinking
This course is an opportunity for teachers to explore the work that is being done through incorporating Historical Thinking activities within the K-14 curriculum. Course participants will be challenged to examine their present content and assess where they could improve their practice through the inclusion of primary source materials, civic discourse protocols, or critical thinking schemes. Participants will engage in close reading of contemporary scholarship in history education.
EDCI 573 (3)
The Social Studies Toolkit
Tired of only using the textbook? This course will teach you not only about the wide range of resources that have become available by the web that should augment your teaching, it will also teach you how to access community programs like state historic sites and national museums in order to create engaging lessons. Through this course, you will acquire a rationale on integrating the web into your social studies curriculum while building a usable database of websites and lesson plans.
EDCI 574 (3)
Global Citizenship: Teaching for an Interconnected World
Social Studies classes should be the place where students explore the world around them, both locally and globally. In this course, social studies teachers will explore the larger dynamics and questions regarding both the history of global inequality and the current, inter-connected global society of the 21st century. This course, which will integrate anthropology, geography and civics, will improve social studies instruction in K-14 by providing more engaging lessons while integrating the latest theory and knowledge regarding culture and globalization. After taking this course, teachers will be able to enable their students to understand and appreciate diverse cultural groups while embracing the concept of global citizenship.
EDCI 575 (3)
Project-Based Learning and K-14 Social Studies

In this course, participants will learn how to enliven their Social Studies curriculum and meet the needs of a diverse group of participants. By integrating required benchmarks and standards, and using their students' interests and natural curiosity, they will not only create an active learning community, but will also raise academic expectations. Over the course of the class, participants will complete hands-on activities that mirror what they will be doing in their own classrooms. They will leave with a concrete understanding of both Social Studies curriculum integration, and project based learning.

Research Course 1
3 credits
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.

Research Course 2
3 credits
The Master of Education culminates with one of three additional research courses:

Research Course 2
3 credits   Select one of the following:
EDGR 696 (3)
Practitioner Inquiry

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

EDGR 698 (3)
Action Research

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.

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: Social Studies Master's Degree Online

Using cutting-edge curriculum and easy-to-use online learning tools, Concordia University-Portland’s experienced faculty will provide you with the best in theory and practice to prepare you as an instructional leader. Concordia Portland’s five-week classes can be accessed via the Internet at the times and locations most convenient for you. Assignment submission is convenient, submission deadlines are achievable, and all requirements for a course fall within the dates stipulated for the courses.


Career Opportunities

  • K-14 Teacher with Social Studies Specialty
  • School and School District Lead for Project-Based Learning in Social Studies Learning
  • Higher Education Instructor: K-14 Social Studies Learning and Teaching
  • Consultant/Advisor in Teaching Social Studies (K-14)
  • Professional Development (K-14), Social Studies
  • Social Studies Tutor
  • Program Director, Social Studies (K-14)
  • Learning & Teaching Social Studies (K-14) Advisor to Local, State, National Policy Makers
  • Curriculum Director, Social Studies (K-14)
  • Division or Department Chair, Social Studies (K-14)
  • Lead Grant Writer, Project-Based Learning in Social Studies

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