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Curriculum - M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction
The Master of Education program in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to increase the depth and breadth of classroom teachers’ knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. The educational professionals who complete this program will be prepared to have a positive impact on every student’s learning and will have the knowledge and skills to advocate for and contribute to improvement in education. The program of study has been designed to enhance communication skills in the dissemination of knowledge about one’s area of expertise.
Recognizing the professional responsibilities of educators to effect positive change in curriculum, instruction, and student learning, this program is designed to meet the following goals as established by the Georgia Curriculum and Instruction Standards.
Educators who complete the program in Curriculum and Instruction will:
- Demonstrate advanced ability to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum that promotes student learning
- Demonstrate advanced ability to plan, implement, and evaluate instruction to facilitate student learning
- Demonstrate advanced depth and breadth of knowledge and skills I the academic discipline and pedagogy
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the student as influenced by cognitive, physical, emotional, social, cultural, environmental, and economic factors
- Demonstrate ability to use research to promote student learning and to contribute to the teaching profession
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of assessment and the ability to use multiple sources of assessment for maximizing student learning
- Demonstrate high standards for professional practice.
- Certification: Students who successfully complete this program and meet all standards will be eligible to advance in the field of Curriculum and Instruction through application for the Georgia P-12 Service (S) Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction. Holders of this certificate will provide support and service to all levels of the P-12 system.
The program is offered as a cohort program that follows a specific plan of study. Students who follow the program within the cohort will complete the program in two academic years and two summer terms. Students who require flexibility in their schedules and choose not to follow the cohort schedule may take courses based on availability and completion of pre-requisites.
Specific pedagogical content and program courses will be identified by advisor based upon the baccalaureate degree, content field, and approved masters’ level courses that may be considered for transfer into the program.
|Professional Education Courses|
|FOUN7040||Advanced Theories of Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|FOUN7035||Educational Assessment for Instructional Improvement||3|
|FOUN7045||Educational Psychology and Learning Theory||3|
|CURI7123||Advanced Instruction for Diverse Learners||3|
|CURI7124||Program Evaluation for Curriculum Improvement||3|
|CURI7125||Literacy for Content Area Instruction||3|
|CURI7126||Change Processes for Curriculum Development||3|
|Select two courses of content electives approved by your academic advisor. Course options are available in three formats: fully online, hybrid and face-to-face. Search the Online Course Offerings for online courses to fulfill this requirement.||6|
Capstone Course/ Culminating Experiences
|CURI 7200||Seminar in Applied Research in Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|TOTAL CREDITS||33 credits|
- FOUN7035 EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT
- Methods of formal and informal assessment as well as an analysis of assessment findings required to make instructional decisions to imporve student learning in P-12 settings.
- FOUN7040 CURRICULUM AND LEARNING THEORY
- Explores the theoretical frameworks supporting various curricular andinstructional models, historical and contemporary issues in curriculum development, and the nature and purpose of curriculum change. Examines theoretical constructs that undergird modern classroom instruction andassessment practices and to use effective paradigms of instruction through examining design and evaluation of curriculum.
- FOUN7045 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND LEARNING THEORY
- Analysis of major learning theories as they apply to curriculum, pedagogical content, student learning and assessment of learning. Emphasis on cognitive, physical, emotional, and social factors thatinfluence learning.
- FOUN7060 EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
- An orientation to research methods, problems and procedures in quantitative and qualitative studies; criteria for evaluating research;and the elements of research proposals.
- CURI7123 ADVANCED INSTRUCTION FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS
- Explore the role of student diversity in curricular and instructional development. Emphasizes examination of educational issues surroundingstudent diversity from historical and contemporary perspectives and examines the use of educational data to determine the instructional needs of students.
- CURI7124 PROGRAM EVALUATION FOR CURRICULUM IMPROVEMENT
- Focus on developing and applying skills in program evaluation, alignment of curriculum with pedagogical content, state and national standards, and utilizing data and research for the improvement of P-12 educational programs.
- CURI7125 LITERACY FOR CONTENT AREA INSTRUCTION
- Examination of the current theory, research, and practice involving literacy for developing and deepening content instruction in P-12 educational settings. Emphasizes literacy skills and the impact of curriculum and instruction on those behaviors in content areas.
- CURI7126 CHANGE PROCESSES FOR CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
- Focuses on processes for development and implementation of innovations and effective practices in curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. Emphasis on knowledge base and skills to support collaboration and professionalism leading to improvement in curriculum and student learning at all levels of the P-12 system. A field experience is required.
- CURI7200 SEMINAR IN APPLIED RESEARCH IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (CAPSTONE)
- Capstone course for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Students will conduct research, analyze data, and apply best practice to the development and implementation of improvement in curriculum and instruction.