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Education Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program

Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.
(Major Code: 5455)

Curriculum and Instruction Option (36 hours)

Admission Requirements

A candidate must:

  • Meet University Graduate School admission requirements;
  • Have a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average;
  • Have taken at least 18 hours of education courses.

Required Curriculum and Instruction Courses (9 hours)

EDPD 6305 Curriculum Theory and Analysis 3
EDPD 6307 Curriculum History, Reforms and Innovations 3
EDPD 6310 Instructional Strategies 3

Required Education Graduate Core Courses (9 hours):

EDPD 6303 - Education Research 3

Three hours from:
EDPD 6304 Multicultural Education 3
EDPD 6385 International Studies 3
COUN 6330 Cross-cultural Counseling 3

Three hours from:
EDPD 6308 Service Learning 3
EDLD 6311 Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics 3
EDPD 6329 Human Development 3

Degree Requirements

The student and an adviser plan a curriculum of 36 hours, of which 24 hours will be in courses numbered 6000 and above. A minimum of 6 hours and maximum of 18 hours must be in a field(s) other than education.

Comprehensive Examination

In addition, graduate curriculum and instruction students are required to pass a comprehensive examination during or after their last semester of taking courses.


Reading Education Option (36 hours)

Admission Requirements

A candidate must:

  • Meet University Graduate School admission requirements;
  • Have a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average;
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation, resume, and transcripts;
  • Submit a personal letter with biographical information and a discussion of career goals;
  • And submit a writing sample of a conceptual paper from any course taken or a philosophy of education paper (1-2 pages single-spaced).

Required Reading Courses (21 hours):

EDRD 6332 Reading in the Content Area 3
EDRD 6340 Foundations of Reading 3
EDRD 6341 Diagnosis and Remediation 3
EDRD 6344 Multicultural Child and Adolescent Literature 3
EDRD 6345 Emergent Literacy in Family and Cultural Context 3
EDRD 6346 Language and Literacy in the Classroom 3
EDRD 6348 Organization and Administration of Reading Program 3

Required Education Graduate Core Courses (9 hours):

EDPD 6303 Education Research 3

Three hours from:
EDPD 6304 Multicultural Education 3
EDPD 6385 International Studies 3
COUN 6330 Cross-cultural Counseling 3

Three hours from:
EDPD 6308 Service Learning 3
EDLD 6311 Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics 3
EDPD 6329 Human Development 3

Electives (six hours)

Six hours of graduate level elective courses approved by an advisor are required.

Comprehensive Examination

In addition, graduate reading students are required to pass a comprehensive examination during or after their last semester of taking courses.

Reading Specialist Certification

\Students graduate with a M.Ed. degree upon completion of all degree requirements; however, a state test is required for reading specialist certification.


Special Education Option (36 hours)

Admission Requirements

A candidate must:

  • Hold a standard classroom teaching certificate;
  • Complete a formal application and mandatory interview;
  • Meet University Graduate School admission requirements;
  • And have a 2.75 undergraduate grade point average.

Leveling Courses

Students who do not have a special education background at the undergraduate level are required to take 9 semester hours of the following leveling courses in addition to 36 semester hours of required special education courses to fulfill course work requirements of the M.Ed. in special education.

EPSY 6350 Exceptional Children in the Mainstream of Society 3
EDSP 6352 Instructional Programming for Students with Intellectual Disabilities 3
EDSP 6357 Teaching Secondary Students with Mild Disabilities 3

Required Special Education Courses (27 hours)

EDSP 6354 Theories of Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders 3
EDSP 6356 Advanced Remediation Techniques 3
EDSP 6358 Seminar in Students with Multiple Impairments 3
EDSP 6359 Management of Classroom Behaviors—Exceptional Learners 3
EDSP 6360 Assistive Technology 3
EDSP 6362 Transition: From Schools to Adult Communities 3
EDSP 6364 Legal Issues in Special Education 3
EPSY 6322 Individual Mental Testing I 3
EDSP 6376 Interpretation of Assessment Data for Instruction 3

Required Education Graduate Core Courses (9 hours)

EDPD 6303 - Education Research 3
EDPD 6304 - Multicultural Education 3
EDPD 6329 - Human Development 3

Comprehensive Examination

In addition to the completion of course requirements, graduate special education students are required to pass a comprehensive examination during or after their last semester of taking courses.

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