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Master of Science in Education


The MSEd program in Curriculum and Instruction is open to traditional and nontraditional educators. Some of our students are licensed teachers in the public P-12 schools, and other students plan to work at community colleges, human service agencies, businesses, colleges or universities. Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree with grade point average at least 2.7 (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s program.

The program has a place-based educational philosophy, with the importance of working with the students' local cultures and learning environments acknowledged. This philosophy fits all learning environments, whether rural, suburban, or urban; pre-kindergarten through adult learners; traditional schooling or community experiences. Key components of the program include systems thinking, culturally-relevant pedagogy, and the design of accessible learning environments for learners with diverse needs.

Requirements include 7 core courses, 4 elective courses, and 1 practicum experience.


CI 402 - The Study of Cultural Diversity in Education and Family Services
CI 500 - Introduction to Research Methods in Education
CI 503 - Introduction to the Curriculum
CI 504 - Systematic Approaches to Instruction
CI 509 - Foundations of Environmental Education
CI 514 – Theories of Development and Learning
CI 544 - Action Research Methods
CI 594 - Practicum

Electives in a variety of areas are made available as needed:

Family Studies
Human Development
Language, Literacies, and Culture
Mathematics Education
Science Education
Social Science Education
Teacher Leadership
Educating with Technology

Join us for a new cohort that will begin in June 2018! We'll offer 3 courses at beautiful Touch of Nature Environmental Center in Summer 2018. Classes begin June 25 and end August 2, meeting Monday – Thursday, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 core courses will be offered online. Summer 2019 Intersession courses will meet at Touch of Nature again. A full time student can complete the degree within 4 semesters.

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Note: This MSEd program does not lead to a Professional Educator License for teaching in the public schools. For information on becoming a public school teacher, visit the Teacher Education Program website.