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Curriculum and Instruction Program

The Curriculum & Instruction program is a comprehensive program completely related to curriculum and instruction in the classroom.  Additionally, this programs gives students the opportunity to take other related courses of interest.

Core Requirements9
Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction to Improve Learning
Psychology of Learning and Education
Introduction to Educational Research
Core Options6
Choose one:
Philosophical Analysis of Education
Sociological Bases of Education
Choose one:
Technology in Instructional Settings
Interpersonal Communications for Educators
Law and Ethics for the Classroom Teacher
Proactive Grantseeking
Speciality Program Area18
Principles of Instruction
Select five courses (15 s.h.) from the College of Education approved by the student's advisor. Generally it is advised that one course in each of the foundations, counseling and special education is taken as well as three courses from the Department of Teacher Education.
Total Semester Hours33

Candidates must purchase a TaskStream account at the beginning of their studies, which is necessary for our accreditation through The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 

Curriculum and Instruction majors are to consult with assigned graduate faculty advisors regarding the choice of elective coursework. 

All candidates must take and successfully pass the Comprehensive Examination which covers the following coursework (TCED 6936, FOUN 6904, FOUN 6901 or FOUN 6902, and TCED 6922) in order to apply for graduation. Please see the Department of Teacher Education for applications, times, and dates for the examination.  Effective Summer 2017, all candidates will be completing a comprehensive eportfolio instead of the Comprehensive Examination. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Candidates develop a deep understanding of the critical concepts and principles of their field of preparation and, by completion, are able to use professional specialty practices flexibly to advance the learning of all P-12 students toward attainment of college- and career- readiness standards.
  • Candidates demonstrate their proficiencies to understand and apply knowledge and skills appropriate to their professional field of specialization so that learning and development opportunities for all P-12 are enhanced, through:
    • Applications of data literacy;
    • Use of research and understanding of qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods research methodologies;
    • Employment of data analysis and evidence to develop supportive school environments;
    • Leading and/or participating in collaborative activities with others such as peers, colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, and parents;
    • Supporting appropriate applications of technology for their field of specialization;
    • Application of professional dispositions, laws and policies, codes of ethics and professional standards appropriate to their field of specialization.
  • Advanced program completers learn and apply specialized content and discipline knowledge contained in approved state and/or national discipline-specific standards.