M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Instructional Leadership

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Instructional Leadership helps educators develop the leadership skills to improve staff development and instructional practices. Course work includes the application of inquiry-based, problem-solving models of supervision and staff development, and evaluation of the impact of national and state standards on teacher performance and student achievement.

Students complete a minimum of 30 credits. 

Special Note: Students who are interested in moving into the Principal Certification program after they complete their M.Ed. will be able to transfer five of their courses (15 credits) into the 30-credit Principal Certification program.  For a total of 45 credits, students can achieve their M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Leadership, along with their Principal Certification.

You should meet with the Curriculum and Instruction academic adviser to plan your course selections.

Core courses (9 credits)

  • CI 400: Introduction to Research Literature or CI 501: Teaching as Inquiry
  • CI 550: Overview of Contemporary School Curriculum
  • EDPSY 421: Learning Processes in Relation to Educational Practices OR ADTED 505: The Teaching of Adults

Emphasis courses (9 credits)

Choose any three EDLDR courses:

  • EDLDR 551: Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice
  • EDLDR 560: Principles of Instructional Supervision
  • EDLDR 562: Methods of Classroom Supervision and Coaching
  • EDLDR 563: Designing Staff Development Programs
  • EDLDR 597: Special Topics: Collaborative Mentorship and Coaching

Related Courses (6 credits)

You must choose related courses from the EDLDR courses listed above that you have not taken and/or from the following courses or their equivalent:

  • C I 501:  Teaching as Inquiry
  • EDLDR 480: Introduction to Educational Leadership
  • LL ED 450: Content Area Reading
  • SCIED 597: Computer Tools for Inquiry-based Science Teaching

Elective courses (3 credits)

Students in consultation with their academic adviser, complete one course outside Curriculum and Instruction.  Choose from the following courses or their equivalent:

  • EDLDR 597: Inclusive Practices in Leadership
  • SPLED 404: Working with Families and Professionals in Special Education
  • SPLED 425: Orientation to Human Variation and Special Education Services

M.ED. Master's Paper (3 credits)

After completing approximately 21 credits in the program, students complete a master's paper under the supervision of a faculty adviser.  Please consult your adviser for details, including the deadlines for paper submission.

  • CI 596: Individual Studies (Master's Paper) 

At least 18 credits must be completed at the 500 level, and at least six credits must be completed outside the Curriculum and Instruction department. For the curriculum, schedule, and course descriptions, see the Curriculum and Schedule page.

For information on how to apply, click here.




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