The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program is one of the Georgia Professional Standards commission accepted advanced programs for certification upgrade.
The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for those who hold T-4 certification at the professional tier in any field (or equivalent certification from another state if approved by the PSC) and wish to earn a graduate degree by doing advanced work in their teaching field. This program 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.
The master’s degree program prepares students to teach, plan and create courses for schools and education programs. Students will perform intensive study about specific ages, grade levels and subjects, as well as learn how to use and evaluate teaching materials. In the program, students will study various factors that influence curriculum and pedagogy, learning theories and methodologies; assessments and how to interpret assessment data; and effective communication skills for collaborating with parents, colleagues and professionals.
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission accepts this advanced program to qualify for an S-5 certificate (which is equivalent to a T-5 for pay) after the candidate completes the program and passes the GACE content assessment in curriculum and instruction.
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 this program will be prepared to demonstrate advance knowledge of and the ability to:
- design, implement, and evaluate curriculum that promotes student learning
- plan, implement, and evaluate instruction to facilitate student learning.
- develop depth and breadth of knowledge and skills in the academic discipline and pedagogy
- use research to promote student achievement and to contribute to the teaching profession
- analyze the student through the lens of cognitive, physical, emotional, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors
- assess using multiple sources of assessment for maximizing student learning
- provide accurate program and assessment data to key constituents including parents, administrators, colleagues and other professionals
- effective communication skills required to collaborate with parents, colleagues and other professionals
- maintain high standards for academic rigor by being reflective, engaging in professional development, advocating for the profession, maintaining ethical principles and staying current and knowledgeable on policy, trends and practices in education
Courses & Requirements
Students will take a total of 33 credit hours, including 6 hours of electives in their specialized discipline area. Specific pedagogical content and program courses will be identified by an advisor based upon the baccalaureate degree, content field, and approved master's-level courses that may be considered for transfer into the program. Required courses include the following:
- Advanced Theories of Curriculum and Instruction
- Educational Assessment for Instructional Improvement
- Educational Psychology and Learning Theory
- Advanced Instruction for Diverse Learners
- Educational Research
- Program Evaluation for Curriculum Improvement
- Literacy for Content Area Instruction
- Change Processes for Curriculum Improvement
- Seminar in Applied Research in Curriculum and Instruction
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 prerequisites.
Most courses will be offered fully online. Elective courses in the content area of the canddiate may be offered in a face-to-face format or online. You may begin during any semester. Not all courses are offered every semester. Please view the course rotation schedule for semester specific offerings.
Candidates seeking the M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction will engage in a 20-hour field experience. During the field experience, M.Ed. candidates will be engaged in curricular work alongside a district-level curriculum specialist, coordinator or instructional leader. While working in the field, candidates will have the opportunity to see how curricular and instructional decisions are made, how curriculum is evaluated and how implementation of curriculum and instruction is achieved.