Programs of Study

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers three graduate degrees with an emphasis in Curriculum and Supervision:

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Curriculum and Supervision- 36 Credits

The plan of study for the M.S. comprises the following components:

  • Core requirements (required of all C I Masters students): 9 credits - One course in curriculum; one course in educational research; one course in philosophical, social, psychological, or historical foundations of education
  • Emphasis area: 15-18 credits in Curriculum and Supervision or related areas
  • Research: 6 credits of C I 600 (Thesis Research)
  • Completion of C I 590, including the SARI requirement
  • All credits must be from graduate courses - 400 or above levels - with at least 18 credits at 500 or 600 levels
  • M.S. students must complete a research-oriented thesis in which a formal question(s) has been answered through appropriate methods of inquiry. The thesis may be a presentation of empirical, theoretical or philosophical work that has some direct relationship to some aspect of curriculum and instruction broadly defined. If human subjects are involved in providing data for the thesis, University policy requires that approval of the research plan and procedures be secured from the Office of Research Protections (ORP) prior to beginning the study.

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M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Curriculum and Supervision -30 Credits

The plan of study for the M.Ed. comprises the following components:

  • Core requirements (required of all C I Masters students): 9 credits - One course in curriculum; one course in educational research; one course in philosophical, social, psychological, or historical foundations of education
  • Emphasis area: 15-18 credits in Curriculum and Supervision or related areas
  • Research: 6 credits of C I 600 (Thesis Research)
  • Completion of C I 590, including the SARI requirement
  • All credits must be from graduate courses - 400 or above levels - with at least 18 credits at 500 or 600 levels
  • M.Ed. students must complete a master’s paper or project, with the guidance of an adviser, in which some practical education problem or issue is carefully addressed. The paper may be a report of a completed project, a review of the literature concerning a problem, a survey of practices, an essay or any similar effort acceptable to the M.Ed. paper adviser. Projects may include curriculum design or reform, development of software, pedagogical performance, or other creative work acceptable to a M.Ed. project adviser. All projects must be accompanied by analytical and theoretical written commentary. If human subjects are involved in providing data for the thesis, University policy requires that approval of the research plan and procedures be secured from the Office of Research Protections (ORP) prior to beginning the study.

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Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Curriculum and Supervision

  • Core Requirements include two credits of course work. Students must enroll in C I 590 (one credit) during their first year in the doctoral program. This course completes a student’s orientation to the C I doctoral program and students must also enroll in C&S 590 colloquium (one credit) to complete their orientation to the Curriculum and Supervision emphasis area.
  • Depth of Knowledge can be demonstrated through the successful completion of a combination of courses, readings, and experiences called rotations or apprenticeships. Typically, the C&S faculty has expected the equivalent of 18 credits of course work and rotations in curriculum and supervision or related areas to indicate depth of knowledge. The specifics of this category are left to the discretion of the emphasis area and the acceptance of the members of the doctoral committee.
  • Breadth of Study represents a student’s efforts to broaden his or her inquiry into a chosen field by including a collection of academic, professional and foundational work and studies in other departments and colleges across the University. Typically, doctoral committees have accepted the equivalent of 15 credits to demonstrate breadth.
  • Research Knowledge and Capabilities are demonstrated through completion of course work and projects Ph.D. candidates are expected to demonstrate their abilities to function effectively within at least two research traditions being able to read, understand, and critique published research and to create, conduct, evaluate and report on their original studies to scholarly audiences. The C I faculty recognizes the legitimacy of a wide variety of research traditions, including, but not limited to demographic, ethnographic, experimental, hermeneutic, historical, interpretive, linguistic, narrative, phenomenological, and theoretical. C I faculty members typically expect 12 credits as demonstration of competence in this category.

Ph.D. Student Timelines/Milestones

  • Course work including C I 590 and C & S 590 in first year of doctoral study
  • Rotations (Guided experiences) in a variety of activities including teaching, supervision, research, leadership and service
  • Candidacy exam (taken at or near the end of the first year of study)
  • A two-semester residency experience is required for all doctoral degree candidates
  • Comprehensive exam (taken at or near the end of course work)
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation defense

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