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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.

Plan of Study by Semester

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.

Prerequisites
None
 
Courses
Credits
Program Requirements
Professional Education Courses (24 Credits)
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
FOUN7060 Educational Research 3
CURI7124 Program Evaluation for Curriculum Improvement 3
CURI7125 Literacy for Content Area Instruction 3
CURI7126 Change Processes for Curriculum Development 3
Approved Content Electives (6 Credits)
(Up to 6 hours may be taken outside of COE in a specialized content area in which a candidate holds a clear-renewable teaching certification) or the electives listed below or any combination of electives from specialized content or CURI electives.  Electives require approval of candidate’s 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.
CURI7040 Contemporary Issues & Practices in Advanced Content Pedagogy 3
CURI7044 Global Perspectives on Curriculum & Pedagogical Content 3
Capstone Course/ Culminating Experiences (3 Credits)
CURI 7200 Seminar in Applied Research in Curriculum and Instruction 3
TOTAL CREDITS 33 credits

Course Descriptions

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.
CURI7040 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND PRACTICES IN ADVANCED CONTENT PEDAGOGY
Examines current research, legislation and curricular/instructional materials and practices related to content pedagogy. Enhances and extends students’ knowledge of curriculum and instruction related to content in their area of certification
CURI7044 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN CURRICULUM AND CONTENT PEDAGOGY
Explores curriculum and pedagogical content as it is influenced by international standards and global forces, including culture, social, economic, political, and educational dynamics. The course fosters global awareness and develops knowledge and dispositions to promote critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and interpersonal understandings necessary for curriculum development and student learning of content within a global context.
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.

Summary

Format Online
Credits Required 33
Tuition per credit hour
(not including fees)
$400
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