Graduate Programs

Curriculum and Instruction

The Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for classroom teachers wanting to increase discipline specific knowledge and skills. As such the Curriculum and Instruction degree offers a number of course options. Currently, students may choose the Curriculum and Instruction option with an educational technology or literacy emphasis. A total of 36 credit hours is required for program completion. Students complete a graduate core of courses of 12-15 credit hours, and select the remaining hours in consultation and approval of an advisor.

Student Learning Outcomes for MEd – Curriculum & Instruction
Candidates completing a Curriculum and Instruction program, upon graduation, are expected to have:
• developed the ability to demonstrate the use of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the specific discipline area to create meaningful learning opportunities for all students;
• developed the ability to provide learning opportunities within the discipline that addresses different approaches to learning and create instructional opportunities that are equitable, based on developmental levels, and that are adapted to diverse learners, including those with exceptionalities;
• developed the ability to plan effective instruction based upon the knowledge of all students, community, subject matter, and curriculum outcomes;
• acquired the ability to understand the role of technology within the discipline, and be able to demonstrate skills using instructional tools and technology to gather, analyze, and present information, enhance instructional practices, facilitate professional productivity and communication, and help all students use instructional technology effectively; and
• acquired the ability to understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continual intellectual, social, and other aspects of personal development of all learners.

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION – EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY EMPHASIS
The Curriculum and Instruction program with an Emphasis in Instructional Technology is designed for educators interested in gaining knowledge about technology integration to support teaching and learning. The primary mission of the program is to develop educational leaders (teachers, administrator, and other educators) who are able to enhance curriculum and empower students using appropriate and effective instructional technologies. The program focuses on the appropriate, effective, and creative integration of technologies in all content areas and at all levels. Graduate students in the program develop skills and knowledge in the use of technology resources to support student learning. They examine how technology is changing the face of education and how those technologies can address diverse learners and learning situations. Current and emerging technologies demand that educators be reflective in the choice of methods, materials, technologies, and assessments to enhance and improve the teaching and learning process. The program provides a broad range of experiences for developing the skills, attitudes, and values of a reflective professional.

Educational Technology Program Sheet


CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION: LITERACY EMPHASIS
Program Description
The Curriculum and Instruction program with an Emphasis in Literacy is designed for educators interested in gaining knowledge and skills about literacy to enrich classroom teaching and learning. Students pursuing this program may select between two strands: Literacy and Literacy for National Board Certification (NBC). Students selecting the second strand would be working toward National Board Certification along with an M.Ed. in Literacy. Courses would support students pursuing national certification using NBC Standards in Literacy.
M.ED. in C&I Literacy

Required Washburn Core Courses:
ED 560 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
ED 565 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
ED 568 Curriculum Development (3)

Required Washburn Literacy Courses:
RD 510 Classroom Reading Instruction (3)
RD 512 Literature for Literacy Instruction (3)
RD 516 Teaching Writing (3)

Literacy Courses and Related Course Options:
RD 484 GA Reading in the Content Areas (3)
RD 520 Assessment Procedures in Reading (3)
RD 522 Instruction for Readers at Risk (3)
RD 528 Language Development and Assessment (3)
ED 580 Integrating Technology in Curriculum (3)
ED 584 Multimedia in the Classroom (3)
ED 586 Integrating the Internet into Instruction (3)
ED 587 Emerging Technologies in Education (3)
ED 474 GA Independent Study (1-3)
ED 597 GA Independent Study (3)

Electives
Up to 9 hours of transfer credit taken within the six year time limit may be applied if approved by the advisor and department chair. Additional hours must be approved by the Graduate Program Committee.

This program design is tailored to the specific needs of a student pursuing a Masters Degree in literacy. Students select four options from the literacy and related courses approved by their program advisor to round out the 36 hour program. Independent Study topics must be approved by the program advisor and Department Chair.

M.ED. in C&I Literacy – National Board Certification Program
Courses to support National Board Certification
ED 597 GA Ind. Study: Analyzing Teaching/Learning in Literacy Instruction (3)
ED 597 GA Ind. Study: Reflecting on Literacy Practices (6)
ED 597 GA Ind. Study: Assessment Practices in Literacy (3)

Required Washburn Core Courses
ED 560 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
ED 565 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
ED 568 Curriculum Development (3)

Literacy Courses and Related Course Options:
RD 484 (new number 2012-13 - 584) GA Reading in the Content Areas (3)
RD 510 Classroom Reading Instruction (3)
RD 512 Literature for Literacy Instruction (3)
RD 516 Teaching Writing (3)
RD 520 Assessment Procedures in Reading (3)
RD 522 Instruction for Readers at Risk (3)
RD 528 Language Development and Assessment (3)
ED 472 Issues in Education (3)
ED 580 Integrating Technology in Curriculum (3)
ED 584 Multimedia in the Classroom (3)
ED 586 Integrating the Internet into Instruction (3)
ED 587 Emerging Technologies in Education
ED 474 GA Independent Study (1-3)
ED 597 GA Independent Study (3)

Electives:
Up to 9 hours of transfer credit taken within the six year time limit may be applied if approved by the advisor and department chair. Additional hours must be approved by the Graduate Program Committee.

This program design is tailored to the specific needs of a student pursuing both National Board Certification (NBC) and a Masters Degree. Students pursuing National Board Certification select specific NBC standards to write to, in this case, Literacy Standards. These standards not only provide a focus for the program, but also serve as a tool to guide selection of optional courses to support each student’s needs and background. This program requires a block of courses to support the preparation of National Board Certification portfolios and assessments, Core Courses (or appropriate substitutions), and advisor-approved literacy and related courses. Independent Study topics must be approved by the program advisor and Department Chair.

M.ED. in C&I – Teaching Content Emphasis (Mathematics, Social Science, or Art) The Curriculum and Instruction Program with a Teaching Content emphasis is designed for educators interested in building upon existing knowledge in a specific content area. Students will also expand on pedagogical approaches specific to the discipline, and investigate curricular models that enhance P-12 children and youths’ understanding and appreciation of the discipline.
Core Courses
ED 472 Issues in American Education (3)
ED 560 Advanced Education Psychology (3)
ED 565 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
ED 568 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3)
Area of Concentration: A minimum of 18 semester hours from the teaching content area. Courses must be numbered at the 400 level or above and may include Special Topics courses. All students complete a clinical/field experience that allows them to apply their skills and knowledge in a school or classroom setting. This experience may take place in the student’s classroom.

Capstone Options