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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

Our 36-credit Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) M.Ed. program covers an array of education-related topics and situations, including diversity and social justice, special education, and English language learning, and culminates in a self-designed capstone project. Our C&I program is ideal if you:

  • have a strong interest in education or are pursuing a career in an education setting that does not require formal licensing or certification
  • already hold a teaching license, but want to earn a master’s degree (M.Ed.)
  • seek Master’s Plus credit hours (we will work with you to customize your program)

The Curriculum & Instruction program is non-licensure and MTELs are not required for program completion. Please note: The Curriculum & Instruction program does not lead to a Professional License.

Key features of our Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed. program include:

  • Online courses: You can complete your C&I program through convenient self-paced and fully online courses – each is eight weeks in length and is worth four credits.
  • Capstone: As part of your program, you complete a self-designed capstone project — an original research project that can be practice- or policy-focused. You choose an area of interest related to your career goals, and focus on creating change in education.
  • Immersion Events: You and other students in your program have the option of gathering together during during your program for immersion events (e.g., seminars, guest speakers, and networking events) to connect in person with peers, your faculty and leading educators in the field.
Critical Issues in Education
(ED 5000G) 4 Credits

This course provides an overview of the challenges that students with moderate disabilities encounter in their lives.  The class will explore how disabilities are identified, what necessary steps are taken to refer students for evaluations in the Special Education process, characteristics of students with disabilities, general issues of evaluation approaches, and research-based accommodations and interventions including the use of assistive technology devices and behavioral interventions.  State and federal laws as well as an overview of local and national support agencies are also reviewed.

Assessment and Instruction for Moderate Disabilities
(ED 5810G)4 Credits

This course in classroom assessment and instruction examines how effective instruction depends on ongoing, meaningful assessment. Instructional and behavioral assessment, as well as techniques, are addressed. This course will study how models of instruction in different content areas depend on how teachers can collect and use assessment data. Further, this data will be used to inform effective instruction to enable all students to produce great learning outcomes regardless of their learning disabilities and challenges.

Foundations for ESL Education
(ED 5910G)4 Credits

This foundational course in the graduate teacher education program for English as Second Language provides an overview of the state and federal laws pertaining to the education of English language learners as well as the background, history and philosophies surrounding instruction. The role of community, families and schools in English language learner education will also be explored.

Challenges in Learning and Development
(ED 5710G)4 Credits

This course provides an overview of the challenges that students with moderate disabilities encounter in their lives. The class will explore how disabilities are identified, what necessary steps are taken to refer students for evaluations in the Special Education process, characteristics of students with disabilities, general issues of evaluation approaches, and research-based accommodations and interventions including the use of assistive technology devices and behavioral interventions. State and federal laws as well as an overview of local and national support agencies are also reviewed.

Current Issues and Trends with ELLs
(ED 5590G)4 Credits

Students learn issues and solutions to problems experienced by English Language Learners (ELLs) and their teachers. They will probe current trends in the evolving field of teaching non-native English speakers and begin to describe for themselves the nature of today’s ‘best practices’ for the teaching of English Language Learners.

Assessment of English Language Learners
(ED 5530G)4 Credits

This course will examine a variety of assessment approaches. It will include those associated with Massachusetts-mandated state testing programs, as well as other formal and informal assessment instruments used for placement, progress monitoring, and summative evaluations. Students will select, administer and interpret assessment results and will understand normal variations in proficiency.

Research and Emerging Issues in Education
(ED 6100G)4 Credits

This course is designed to engage graduate level students in critical analysis of current research and issues in education through the lens of research development and design. Students will come away from this course with the ability to design research for application in the educational environment that will inform and contribute to their field of study.

Diversity
(ED 6400G)4 Credits

This course uses a social justice framework to explore issues of power and privilege with respect to diverse populations. Historical and contemporary oppression based on race, gender, ability, and other differences are explored. Self-reflection is used to examine students’ own biases and prejudices. This course offers aspiring community activists the opportunity to learn about social change through social justice education, advocacy, and outreach initiatives.

Capstone Project
(GRAD 590G)4 Credits

The capstone serves as the culminating academic project within the Masters of Education pathway. It offers an opportunity to explore a key educational issue (PK-16) through an in-depth research paper wherein prior coursework or classroom-based experiences allow the author to synthesize and deepen his or her understanding on that topic. The capstone project may be theoretical, practical or action research-based.

 

 

Talk to an Application Specialist today for more information about how the online M.Ed. and graduate teacher education programs can help you achieve your professional goals at:

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