Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum Studies

Curriculum Studies as a field is interdisciplinary and draws upon multiple perspectives including psychology, philosophy, social foundations, cultural studies, critical theory, and education to study curriculum, individuals, societies, and interdisciplinary themes, while critically examining educational issues and policies. The field values democratic community building and an ethic of social action that honors diversity. Students come to curriculum studies from formal and informal learning contexts as well as various disciplines. Graduates of the program pursue varied professional positions in schools, non-profit agencies, and other community organizations. While curriculum studies students’ backgrounds and goals are diverse, they share an interest in understanding the intersections of individuals and sociopolitical contexts. Curriculum studies arises from a 1970s reconceptualization of curriculum. Concerned with understanding curriculum more so than developing and evaluating curricula, Curriculum Studies addresses questions such as:

  • What is knowledge and who decides? How does knowledge affect lives?
  • What does it mean to educate and to be/come educated?
  • What are the relationships between learning and teaching, curriculum theory and practice?
  • How is curriculum culturally, politically, and economically situated?
  • What are the roles of power and vulnerability in curriculum studies?

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Application Deadline

March 1 – summer/fall admission
November 16 – spring admission

Required Courses for the Traditional Master’s Option

Curriculum Studies

EDUC 70813 Curriculum Studies Seminar (6 hours, may be repeated)
EDUC 60833 Curriculum History in the United States
EDUC 60843 Contemporary Curriculum Theory
EDUC 70823 Inquiry Seminar

Core Requirements (9 hours minimum required for all students):
EDUC 70953 Research in Education (3 hours)
EDUC 60203 Curriculum and Instruction (3 hours) OR EDLE 60043 Instructional Leadership A: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (3 hours)

3 hours of additional research (choose one of the following)
EDUC 60043 Action Research (3 hours)
EDUC 70963 Qualitative Inquiry I (3 hours)
EDUC 70983 Introduction to Quantitative Research (3 hours)

In addition to the content specialization and core requirements, students select either a Research Emphasis or a Teaching and Learning Emphasis.

Research Emphasis: 6 thesis hours are required for the Research Emphasis. An additional six hours of course work are required from the list of courses below, with advisor guidance:
EDUC 60810 Seminar in Educational Research (1-3 hours variable credit)
EDUC 60043 Action Research
EDUC 70960 Apprenticeship in Research (1-3 hours variable credit/may be repeated)
EDUC 70963 Qualitative Inquiry I
EDUC 70973 Qualitative Inquiry II
EDUC 70983 Introduction to Quantitative Research
EDUC 70923 Introduction to Applied Qualitative Methods
EDUC 60823 Educational Program Evaluation
EDUC 70980 and 70990 Thesis—6 hours required

Teaching and Learning Emphasis: All students choosing the Teaching and Learning emphasis select 12 hours from the list of courses below, with guidance from their advisor. Three hours of Treatise are required within the 12 hours for the Traditional Master’s Degree Option.

EDUC 60213 Psychology of Thinking and Learning
EDEC 60223 The Young Child
EDEC 60133 Play and Creativity
EDLE 60043 Instructional Leadership A: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
EDLE 60053 Instructional Leadership B: Supervision
EDUC 50263 Digital Communication and Collaboration
EDUC 50253 Applied Teaching and Learning with Technology
EDSP 50273 Technology for Diverse Learners
EDUC 60313 Educational Assessment
EDUC 50503 Foundations of Language Acquisition
EDUC 50513 Curriculum and Instruction in the Second Language Learning Classroom
EDMS/EDSE 50173 Development of Written Communication
EDUC 70903 Treatise—required for Traditional Master’s Degree Option

Advisor: Dr. M. Francyne Huckaby and Dr. Gabriel Huddleston