Courses

This 30-credit program includes the 3-credit colloquium, 9-credit core, and at least 15 credits in all paths. All paths in the master's of curriculum and instruction require the 3-credit introductory course C I 590 Colloquium. All required courses and approved elective courses are either 400 or 500 level, which is considered graduate-level courses. The program also requires a master's paper, to be completed under the advisement of a faculty member. 

Core Colloquium Credits (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Colloquium CI 590 Introduction to colleagues and program with attention to themes of inquiry, evidence, and assessment. (C I 590 should be the first course in a student's program.) 3 credits

Course List - Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction 

Core Courses for all paths except Children's Literature (9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Overview of Contemporary School Curriculum
or
Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice
CI 550

or

C-S 551
Current school programs and options and their impact on pupils; problems in introducing new content into the curriculum.
or
The analysis and use of the foundations which underlie models of curriculum design.
3 credits
Learning Processes in Relation to Educational Practices
or
Theories of Childhood
or
Science Teaching and Learning
EDPSY 421

or

CI 560

or

SCIED 552
An introduction to the empirical study of variables and conditions that influence school learning.
or
The study of childhood from cultural, historical, psychological and philosophical perspectives.
or
Exploration of the theoretical and empirical foundations of the teaching and learning of science.
3 credits
Teaching as Inquiry CI 501

Course guides teachers to develop systematic inquires into effective teaching and learning. 

*C I 501 should be taken the third to last semester before graduation*

3 credits

Curriculum and Supervision Path (15 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Strategies in Classroom Management CI 405 Managing and coping with disruptive student behavior in instructional settings so that they support the teaching/learning process. 3 credits
Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice C-S 551 The analysis and use of the foundations which underlie models of curriculum design. 3 credits
Principles of Instructional Supervision

C-S 560

Social and institutional settings for instructional supervision; functions, activities, and practices of supervision; supervisory case studies. 3 credits
Methods of Classroom Supervision and Coaching C-S 562 Strategies and techniques for supervision/coaching of instruction intended to enhance teacher reflection, self-direction, and autonomy. 3 credits
Designing Staff Development Programs C-S 563 Designing, implementing, and evaluating effective staff development programs for personnel in educational settings. 3 credits

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English Language Arts, World Languages/ESL, or Social Studies Path (15 credits — Choose any 5)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Nonfiction Literature for Children and Adolescents LLED 464 This course examines a variety of nonfiction literature across the curriculum for children and adolescents with an emphasis on inspiring curiosity and agency. 3 credits
Literature for Adolescents LLED 520 Critical study of adolescent literature, its diversity of cultural voices, and designs for its use in secondary school classrooms. 3 credits
Cultural Pluralism in Children's and Adolescent Literature LLED 561 Reading/discussing literature from multicultural/critical multicultural lenses and how this impacts literacy. 3 credits
Media Literacy, Language, and Literacy in Schools LLED 580 Theories of media literacy, issues of non-print technology in language and literacy. 3 credits
Teaching and Learning Historical Literacy With Media SSED 535 This course examines the educational uses, tensions, and implications of historically oriented media for teaching and learning historical literacy, focusing on adolescent and teenage learners in the context of K–12 schooling. 3 credits
Foundations of Language in Second Language Teaching WLED 400 Critical understanding of basic concepts and principles in second language acquisition and teaching. Teaching of world languages, including English as a second language. 3 credits

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Path (15 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Trends and Issues in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education SCIED or  MTHED 460 This course develops understandings of research and practices around issues in PreK–12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. 3 credits
Students' Mathematical Thinking MTHED 430 Develop abilities in planning, conducting, and interpreting mathematics interviews to gain an understanding of students' thinking processes and current knowledge. 3 credits
Analysis of Research in Mathematics Education MTHED 520 Survey of the status of knowledge about mathematics learning and instruction, K–12; analysis of research procedures; instruments for evaluating research. 3 credits
Science Teaching and Learning SCIED 552 Exploration of the theoretical and empirical foundations of the teaching and learning of science. 3 credits
Precollege Engineering Education SCIED 855 This course is intended to help experienced educators to critically understand the "E" in "STEM education."  3 credits

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Elementary Education Path (15 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Strategies in Classroom Management CI 405 Managing and coping with disruptive student behavior in instructional settings so that they support the teaching/learning process. 3 credits
Foundations of Language in Second Language Teaching WLED 400 Critical understanding of basic concepts and principles in second language acquisition and teaching. 3 credits
Students' Mathematical Thinking
or
Trends and Issues in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
MTHED 430

or

SCIED or MTHED 460
Develop abilities in planning, conducting, and interpreting mathematics interviews to gain an understanding of students' thinking processes and current knowledge.
or
This course develops understandings of research and practices around issues in PreK–12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
3 credits
Nonfiction Literature for Children and Adolescents LLED 464 This course examines a variety of nonfiction literature across the curriculum for children and adolescents with an emphasis on inspiring curiosity and agency. 3 credits
Cultural Pluralism in Children's and Adolescent Literature LLED 561 Reading/discussing literature from multicultural/critical multicultural lenses and how this impacts literacy. 3 credits

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Core Courses for Children's Literature
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Overview of Contemporary School Curriculum
or
Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice

CI 550

or

C&S 551

Current school programs and options and their impact on pupils; problems in introducing new content into the curriculum.

or

The analysis and use of the foundations which underlie models of curriculum design.

3 credits
Theories of Childhood
or
Learning Processes in Relation to Educational Practices
CI 560

or

EDPSY 421
The study of childhood from cultural, historical, psychological and philosophical perspectives.
or
An introduction to the empirical study of variables and conditions that influence school learning.
3 credits
Doing Research in Children's Literature LLED 568 An examination of research traditions used to frame research in children's literature studies and preparation to write the master's paper.

This course should be taken near the end of your program, but not as your last course.
3 credits
Children's Literature Emphasis — Choose 5 courses
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
The Art of the Picturebook LLED 462 An in-depth study of picturebooks as art objects providing aesthetic experiences and contributing to our aesthetic development in literacy education. 3 credits
 Nonfiction Literature for Children and Adolescents LLED 464 A study of nonfiction literature for children and adolescents with an emphasis on inspiring curiosity and agency. 3 credits
Fantasy Literature for Children LLED 465 A study of fantasy literature for children looking at a variety of fantasy stories and examining them from different perspectives. 3 credits
Studies in Literature for Children (Required) LLED 502 Study of various genres of children's literature from various critical perspectives; emphasis on role of literature in children's lives. 3 credits
Literature for Adolescents  LLED 520 Critical study of adolescent literature, its diversity of cultural voices, and designs for its use in secondary school classrooms. 3 credits
Cultural Pluralism in Children's and Adolescent Literature  LLED 561 Reading/discussing literature from multicultural/critical multicultural lenses and how this impacts literacy. 3 credits
Myths and Folktales in Children's Literature LLED 563 An in-depth study of myths and folktales shared with children and how these stories are remade and disseminated today. 3 credits
Writing for Children LLED 564 Supervised workshop in the craft and techniques of writing picture books, short stories, longer fiction, and nonfiction literature for children. 3 credits

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