Master of Science in Education| Curriculum and Instruction | SIU

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Core Curriculum with Options for Electives

Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses (21 Hours)

Introduction to Research

Introduction to the Curriculum

Systematic Approaches to Instruction

Theories of Development and Learning

Cultural Diversity in Education and Family Services

Action Research Methods


Core Curriculum with Options for Electives

Core Curriculum with Options for Electives

C&I Core Courses

Dual Credit Degree (18-21 Hours in Content Area)

C&I Core Courses

Graduate-Level Certificate Program Options (18 Hours)

C&I Core Courses

Electives in Area of Concentration (15 Hours)

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 a grade point average of at least 2.7 (4.0 scale) from the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s program.

Our Focus

The program emphasizes working with learners’ local cultures and learning environments. 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.

Course Requirements

The program engages a cohort model to build community with continuity of the course content offered. The seven (7) required Core Courses are all online and include: CI500, CI503, CI504, CI514, CI402, CI544, and CI594. The remaining five (5) courses are electives and completed through online, hybrid, or onsite options through approval of the students’ academic advisor.

Electives Options

In addition to the Core Courses, students have several options for the electives they wish to complete, including certificate options, dual credit degrees, or concentrations in areas such as Learning Systems Design and Technology, “STEAM” Education, Human Development and Family Services, or Language, Literacies, and Culture, to name a few. Students’ graduate advisors can help them identify the electives that best meet their professional goals.

Online Degree Option

Starting in fall 2019, students have the option to finish an MSEd completely online with the 7 Core Courses and 5 electives focused on Instruction and Assessment for Adult Literacies. These additional online courses include: CI421, CI547, CI570, CI597, and CI594M.

Instruction and Assessment for Adult Literacies (15 Hours)

C&I Core Courses

Instruction and Assessment
for Adult Literacies (15 Hours)

Family Literacy Programs, Policies and Procedures

Instructional Strategies and Curriculum Dev.

Teaching and Learning Non-Fiction Sources

Problem-Based Learning for STEM Educators


Sample Schedule for Program of Study

First Fall Semester

  • CI503: Introduction to the Curriculum
  • CI504: Systematic Approaches to Instruction
  • Elective Course

First Spring Semester

  • CI500: Introduction to Educational Research
  • CI514: Theories and Development and Learning
  • Elective Course

First Summer Semester

  • CI544: Action Research Methods
  • CI402: Cultural Diversity in Education and Family Services
  • Elective Course

Second Fall Semester

  • CI594: Practicum
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

Application Deadlines

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Tuition Cost Estimator

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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.