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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction is a practitioner degree with an optional research component. The 36-credit-hour requirement may be met in one of three ways:


  1. 30 hours of course work with a thesis carrying 6 credit hours;
  2. 33 hours of course work with a research project carrying 3 credit hours; or
  3. (3) 36 hours of course work with a written comprehensive examination.


A minimum of 21 credit hours must be taken within the School of Education.  A minimum of 18 hours must be at or above the 7000 level.



Curriculum Studies
EDCI 7824 (3 credit hours) Elementary School curriculum
EDCI 7825 (3 credit hours) Secondary School Curriculum
EDCI 7901 (3 credit hours) Curriculum Theory


ELRC 4249 (3 credit hours) Understanding and Applying Research in Education
ELRC 4006 (3 credit hours) Introduction to Applied Statistics in Educational Settings
ELRC 7243 (4 credit hours) Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
Or approved equivalent


ELRC 4507 (3 credit hours) Computer Technology in Education
ELRC 4535 (3 credit hours) Educational Telecommunications and the Internet
ELRC 7505 (3 credit hours) Design and Development of Multimedia Instructional Units
Or approved equivalent


Humanistic and Behavioral Studies
EDCI 4800 (3 credit hours) Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom
EDCI 7904 (3 credit hours) Education and Cognition
EDCI 7106 (3 credit hours) Teaching Reading to Students of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds
Or approved equivalent




3 hrs.






3 hrs. 






3 hrs. 





3 hrs. 

Area of Specialization
The departmental-level academic course plan will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. Specializations may include early childhood education, elementary education, English education, foreign language education, children’s literature/language arts, math education, reading/literacy, science education, social studies education, and special education.  
12 hrs.
Electives may include courses outside the School of Education.  Electives are to be approved by the major advisor.
6-12 hrs.

Final Exam
In accordance with Graduate School regulations, all students are required to take an examination prior to graduation from the program.
This may be a written Comprehensive Examination at the end of the student's course work or an Oral Examination following the completion of the student's Thesis or Research Project. The Comprehensive Examination carries no credit hours; the Thesis carries 6 credit hours; and the Research Project carries 3 credit hours.



For the thesis project, the student will take:

EDCI 8000 (Thesis Research) 


For the non-thesis research project, the student will take either of the following:                     

EDCI 7475 (3 credit hours) Research Project in Secondary or K-12 Teacher Education

EDCI 7902 (3 credit hours) Analysis of Research on Teaching











6 hrs.




3 hrs.

Total Number of Credit Hours36 hours