Curriculum and Instruction (MED)

Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

Ashlee Hover, Program Director
(615) 904-8187
Ashlee.Hover@mtsu.edu

The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to foster the development of teaching skills that result in increased pupil performance. By analyzing curriculum choices and strategies, along with best teaching practices, those who complete this program will be better equipped to provide an environment in which students engage in relevant and meaningful learning activities.

The ONLINE Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Non-Licensure) Generalist Program requires completion of 33 hours of ONLINE COURSES.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (non-licensure) online program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. at least one of the following:
  • a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test
  • a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination
  • a satisfactory score on a teacher licensure test (examples could include: Praxis II or edTPA)
  • a valid teacher license
  • an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above
  • for those who have started but not completed a graduate degree, a GPA of 3.00 or above on the last 60 hours of coursework (undergraduate and graduate) completed
  • a completed graduate degree with a GPA of 3.00 or above.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's potential for completing the Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction;
  4. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Praxis II or a copy of the teaching license.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction requires completion of 33 semester hours.

Once admitted to the program, candidate must

  1. complete 33 semester hours with no more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dually listed as undergraduate/graduate hours (see specifics in Curriculum section below);
  2. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination during the semester of graduation (exam may be retaken once).

Curriculum: Curriculum and Instruction

The online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (non-licensure) generalist program requires completion of 33 hours of required online courses. The following illustrates the coursework requirements and the online course rotation.

Required Courses (33 hours)

  • FOED 6020 - Educational Foundations

    3credit hours

    Assists educational personnel in developing contexts and concepts in which educational problems and issues may be understood through awareness of findings in humanistic and behavioral studies.

  • FOED 6030 - School and Community Relations

    3credit hours

    The reciprocal relationship of the two and the skills necessary for analyzing problems and utilizing data and technical skills in planning effective school-community relations programs.

  • FOED 6610 - Analysis and Application of Educational Research

    3credit hours

    Qualitative and quantitative research applicable to the field of education. Both producers and consumers of educational research with a literature review presented to support possible solutions to significant hypotheses or problems.

  • FOED 6630 - Educational Tests and Measurements

    3credit hours

    Basic concepts in educational measurement and evaluation; evaluation as a part of the teaching-learning process; utilization of evaluation for instructional improvement.

  • SPSE 6140 - Teacher Leadership for School Improvement

    3credit hours

    Assessing standard teaching practices, analyzing the relationship between effective teaching and effective schools, and developing strategies for instructional and school improvement. Includes experiences to help students become more reflective in their daily teaching.

  • SPSE 6250 - Seminar in Curriculum Improvement

    3credit hours

    For the advanced major in curriculum development utilizing small group or seminar approach. Issues and research in curriculum improvement analyzed critically.

  • SPSE 6430 - Introduction to Curriculum Development

    3credit hours

    Opportunity to study, discuss, and evaluate modern practices and procedures in curriculum development and reorganization in schools and school systems.

  • SPSE 6640 - Digital Learning in the K-12 Educational Setting

    3credit hours

    Offers preparation for incorporating 21st century digital learning into the K-12 school environment for the purpose of inspiring students to positively contribute to and responsibility participate in the digital world. Students will design digital learner-driven activities that accommodate diverse students.

Online Course Rotation

Fall Semester One

  • FOED 6020 - Educational Foundations

    3credit hours

    Assists educational personnel in developing contexts and concepts in which educational problems and issues may be understood through awareness of findings in humanistic and behavioral studies.

  • FOED 6630 - Educational Tests and Measurements

    3credit hours

    Basic concepts in educational measurement and evaluation; evaluation as a part of the teaching-learning process; utilization of evaluation for instructional improvement.

Spring Semester One

  • SPSE 6250 - Seminar in Curriculum Improvement

    3credit hours

    For the advanced major in curriculum development utilizing small group or seminar approach. Issues and research in curriculum improvement analyzed critically.

Summer

  • FOED 6610 - Analysis and Application of Educational Research

    3credit hours

    Qualitative and quantitative research applicable to the field of education. Both producers and consumers of educational research with a literature review presented to support possible solutions to significant hypotheses or problems.

  • SPSE 6140 - Teacher Leadership for School Improvement

    3credit hours

    Assessing standard teaching practices, analyzing the relationship between effective teaching and effective schools, and developing strategies for instructional and school improvement. Includes experiences to help students become more reflective in their daily teaching.

  • SPSE 6430 - Introduction to Curriculum Development

    3credit hours

    Opportunity to study, discuss, and evaluate modern practices and procedures in curriculum development and reorganization in schools and school systems.

Fall Semester Two

  • SPSE 6640 - Digital Learning in the K-12 Educational Setting

    3credit hours

    Offers preparation for incorporating 21st century digital learning into the K-12 school environment for the purpose of inspiring students to positively contribute to and responsibility participate in the digital world. Students will design digital learner-driven activities that accommodate diverse students.

Spring Semester Two

  • FOED 6030 - School and Community Relations

    3credit hours

    The reciprocal relationship of the two and the skills necessary for analyzing problems and utilizing data and technical skills in planning effective school-community relations programs.

Program Notes

Students taking courses for licensure renewal, add-on endorsements, or "plus 30" upgrade on teacher licensure should register as non-degree-seeking students. Students enrolling in 6000-level courses must hold a bachelor's degree, and students enrolling in 7000-level courses must hold a master's degree. Non-degree-seeking students cannot register for 7000-level courses without departmental permission.