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Common Questions

  1. What is a Program Area?
  2. Are any of your courses offered online?
  3. Do you offer courses off campus?
  4. I have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, and now I know that I would like to teach. Is there a program in C&I for me?
  5. How long does it usually take to complete the M.S.Ed program?
  6. I just want to take a few classes. Right now I don’t want to get a master’s degree. How can I register for classes?
  7. If I take several classes as a Nondeclared Graduate Student and then decide I want to work toward a Master’s Degree, will my classes count toward my degree? 

What is a Program Area?

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction has 5 Program Areas, or focused areas of study, within the Master’s and Doctoral programs. Each student must choose one of the Program Areas in which to work. Each Program Area has its own coordinator, faculty members, and course requirements. Select any of the Program Areas listed below to learn more.

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA)

           Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  • STEM Education

           Learning Systems Design and Technology
           Mathematics Education 
           Science Education          

  • Language, Literacies, and Culture

           Language, Literacies, and Culture
           Social Science Education

  • Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

           Human Development and Family Studies
           Early Childhood

  • Teacher Leadership

           Teacher Leadership 

Are any of your courses offered online?

Although nearly all of our courses are only offered in the face-to-face on-campus format, we do have a few Curriculum and Instruction courses that are offered online. For example, CI 199 Introduction to College Research has several sections offered face-to-face on campus and one section offered online. Also, in spring 2014, CI 460 - Teaching Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades will be offered as a hybrid course with a mixture of face-to-face on-campus meetings and online work. Look for the section number to be 950 because that denotes an online section. 

Do you offer courses off campus?

The Curriculum and Instruction department offers an undergraduate completion program in Elementary Education at the Rend Lake College Marketplace (RLCM) in Mount Vernon, Illinois and at the University Center of Lake County (UCLC) in Grayslake, Illinois. At the graduate level, students may participate in our off-campus cohort program for the Teacher Leadership program area.

I have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, and now I know that I would like to teach. Is there a program in C&I for me?

Yes, there is a way to earn a Professional Educator License. The program you apply for will depend upon what level of student that you want to teach. For grades birth through third grade, apply for the Early Childhood (Preschool/Primary) program. For grades one through six, apply for the Elementary Education program. For high school teaching, apply for the program in the content area you wish to teach (Agriculture, Art, Biological Science, English, Foreign Languages, History, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, or Special Education). Questions may be directed to the Teacher Education Program.

How long does it usually take to complete the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) program?

The M.S.Ed program requires completion of 32 or 36 hours of course work, depending on the research requirement selected. The student has six calendar years to complete the degree. The PhD program is more complicated and time to completion can vary. For more information, refer to the CI section of the SIU Graduate Catalog. Most M.S.ED. students finish their programs in about 2 years.

Accelerated Master’s Program (A.M.P.)
If you are interested in finishing in 4 semesters, this is usually possible, but we recommend that you consult with your academic advisor to plan your schedule carefully. Most courses are not offered every semester. Some courses are offered once per year or once per two-year cycle.

If you are working full time or have other responsibilities that keep you from going to school full time, you can take as little as 1 class per semester and still be able to finish your program within 4 years. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor to plan your schedule carefully. Some courses are taught more often than others. Master’s level courses get “old” after 6 years, so plan to finish your degree in less than 6 years.

I just want to take a few classes. Right now I don’t want to get a master’s degree. How can I register for classes?

If you want to take graduate-level classes and do not want to work toward a master’s degree, you may apply to the Graduate School to be a Nondeclared Graduate Student. Visit their website here to complete an online application.

If I take several classes as a Nondeclared Graduate Student and then decide I want to work toward a Master’s Degree, will my classes count toward my degree?

Your classes might count toward your degree if you took them at SIU and they are requirements for one of the specialty area’s programs of study. It is wise for a nondeclared student to consult with the Coordinator of the program area about which classes will count, prior to taking the classes.