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Master of Science in Education: Curriculum and Instruction
Connecting teaching and learning
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Mission
The Master of Science in Education (MS in Ed) degree provides a critical, advanced, and intellectually rigorous curriculum in which practicing teachers can advance their knowledge of the teaching/learning process, demonstrate an exemplary level of competence in all aspects of teaching, increase their knowledge of content information and materials, and show their commitment to professional excellence and leadership.This new specialty area will add additional offerings for incoming MSEd students to focus deeply on curriculum and instruction issues, research, and pedagogy within a chosen area. This will provide additional opportunities for all MSEd students to take courses in curriculum and instruction but will also provide additional offerings for elementary/middle and middle/high school endorsed teachers to pursue studies in curriculum in their chosen endorsement area. This will also provide additional options for graduate students who want to take online options for their MSEd studies.

Credit Requirements
Requiring at least 45 credits of graduate study, this master's degree may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. This program is designed to meet Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) requirements for the Continuing Teaching License. With minor modification it also meets older Standard Teaching License requirements.

Program Format
The Master of Science in Education: Curriculum and Instruction degree is a 45 credit program that can lead to Initial Licensure II. The degree has these sections:

  • Professional Education Core (21 credit hours)
  • Content Core (18 credit hours)
    • ED 648 Advanced Curriculum and Assessment Planning (3)
    • Advanced Literacy Curriculum and Planning (3) Students must choose a minimum of one course from the options below:
      • CSE 611 Information Literacy
      • CSE 612 Media Literacy
      • ED 691 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Strategies for English Language Learners
      • ED 692 Classroom Strategies in First and Second Language Reading and Writing
      • Ed 689 Contemporary Issues in Literature for Children and Young Adults
      • ED 655 Foundations of Literacy
      • ED 640 Literacy Theory, Inquiry, and Practice
      • ED 668 Assessment and Instruction in Reading
      • Ed 690 Reading and Composition in the Secondary School
      • ED 666 Middle Level Literacy
      • LING 615 Applied Linguistics for Teachers
      • SPED 620 Content Reading and Instructional Planning
      • WR 642 Writing Across the Curriculum
  • 12 credits of electives, selected from ED, CSE, SPED, HE, PE, and Liberal Arts and Sciences offerings, approved by advisor. Program plan of study will be selected with an education advisor to focus in one of the following areas:
    • Science Education
    • Social Studies Education
    • Math Education
    • ESOL Education
    • Language Arts Education
    • Literacy Education
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Secondary School Education
  • Additionally, all students in the MSEd degree take a required Advanced Pedagogy course (3 credits) in their Professional Education Core.
  • Exit requirement (6 credits) - We offer two options to complete this requirement:

    1. Thesis or Professional Project (ED 603)
    2. Electives approved by advisor and pass Comprehensive Exams

  • All students holding a current teaching license at the time of application are required to complete a 3-credit ED 609 practicum. Your advisor will help you with arrangements.

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