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2013-2014 Catalog

M.Ed. Program in Curriculum and Instruction



Mission: The Curriculum and Instruction programs provide the master classroom teachers with knowledge of the latest research and skills to continue seeking new information. Due to their pursuit of knowledge, graduates of these programs shall be recognized as experts in their chosen field of study as well as outstanding classroom teachers.

Candidates must pass a comprehensive examination on the content of one course from their plan advisor, another from the core and one from a supporting area. Candidates are eligible to take the comprehensive exam either the semester before or during the semester they intend to graduate. Candidates who fail one part of the exam may re-take the exam within the same semester in which it was first attempted. Candidates who fail more than one part of the comprehensive examination must wait until the next semester before they may re-take the examination. A subsequent failure will result in required remedial work and may delay graduation. After three failures, candidates will be withdrawn from the program and, therefore, be deemed ineligible for graduation.

These programs have a common core as follows: 
    CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development, 
            or CUIN 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization 
    CUIN 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society 
    FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research, 
            or FEDU 6322 Foundations of Educational Measurement 
    FEDU 6331 Human Growth and Development, 
            or FEDU 6333 Principles of Human Learning

Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Education- Early Childhood-8)

Core:                         12 semester hours

Plan:                          15 semester hours selected from the following, but with no more than six hours from any
                                 one concentration.

Literacy Studies:        LITY 6300 Selected Topics 
                                 LITY 6331 Instruction for Students with Literacy Difficulties 
                                 LITY 6333 Theory and Application of Writing for Globalized Learning 
                                 LITY 6360 Theoretical Foundations of New and Traditional Literacies 
                                 LITY 6362 Assessment of Multi-Literacies Learning 
                                 LITY 6363 New and Traditional Literacies Across the Content Areas

Social Studies:          CUIN 6300 Selected Topics 
                                CUIN 6350 Teaching the Social Studies

Science:                    CUIN 6300 Selected Topics 
                                CUIN 6336 Applications of Science Methods for Teachers

Math:                        CUIN 6300 Selected Topics 
                                 CUIN 6341 Teaching Problem Solving 
                                 CUIN 6342 Assessment in Mathematics 
                                 CUIN 6343 The Math Teacher as Leader 
                                 CUIN 6347 Teaching Number Concepts 
                                 CUIN 6348 Teaching Algebra & Geometry 
                                 CUIN 6349 Teaching Probability & Statistics

Early Childhood:       ECED 6355 Early Childhood Education 
                                ECED 6357 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood 
                                ECED 6358 Seminar in Early Childhood Education 
                                ECED 6359 Tests & Measurement in Early Childhood

Special Education:    SPED 6321 Introduction to Special Education 
                                SPED 6327 Appraisal and Collaboration for Students with Disabilities 
                                SPED 6334 Diagnostic Teaching and Instructional Strategies

Additional                CUIN 6305 Professional Research
Requirements:           6 semester hours by advisement (non-thesis option) OR 
                                        CUIN 6308 & 6309 (thesis option)

Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Mathematics Education)

Core:                        12 semester hours

Plan:                         CUIN 6341 Teaching Problem Solving 
                                CUIN 6342 Assessment in Mathematics 
                                CUIN 6343 The Math Teacher as Leader 
                                CUIN 6347 Teaching Number Concepts 
                                CUIN 6348 Teaching Algebra and Geometry 
                                CUIN 6349 Teaching Probability and Statistics

Additional                 FEDU 6322 Foundations of Educational Measurement
Requirements:           CUIN 6305 Professional Research

Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Science Education)

Core:                     12 semester hours:

                             CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development 
                             CUIN 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society 
                             EDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research 
                             FEDU 6331 Human Growth and Development

Plan:                     SCIE 6325 Mechanics and Properties of Matter OR 
                                    CUIN 6315 Applications of Physics for Teachers 
                            SCIE 6324 Heat, Sound, Light, and Electricity OR 
                                    CUIN 6331 Applications of Life Science for Teachers 
                            SCIE 6322 Earth Science OR CUIN 6337 Applications of Earth Science for Teachers 
                            SCIE 6323 Environmental Science OR CUIN 6335 Applications of Environmental 
                                    Science for Teachers 
                            SCIE 6321 Conceptual Chemistry OR CUIN 6338 Applications of Chemistry for Teachers 
                                    CUIN 6336 Applications of Science Methods for Teachers

Additional             FEDI 6322 Foundations of Educational Measurement
Requirements:       Elective by advisement

Curriculum and Instruction
(Literacy Studies - Reading Specialist Certification) and (Master Reading Teacher Certification)

Core:                     12 semester hours

Plan:                      LITY 6360 Theoretical Foundations of Literacies Learning 
                             LITY 6362 Assessment of Multiple Literacies Learning 
                             LANG 6310 Linguistics and Reading 
                             LITY 6304 Practicum in Literacy 
                             LITY 6333 Theory and Application of Writing for Globalized Learning

Additional             LITY 6340 Professional Literacy Research
Requirements:       LITY 6363 New and Traditional Literacies Across the Content Areas 
                            LITY 6331 Instruction for Students with Literacy Difficulties

Additional Master *LITY 6332 Literacy Leadership and Critical Policy Action
Reading Teacher
Requirement:

(*MRT Required Courses)


Additional Requirements for the Reading Specialist Certification
1. Hold a valid Texas teacher certificate.
2. Master’s degree.
3. A minimum of two years of teaching experience in an accredited school
4. Admission to graduate study within the School of Education and Human Development must precede the 
    completion of applicable course work
5. The program for the certificate includes: 
    a. Twelve semester hours of graduate work in reading including the following suggested areas: foundations of 
        reading; diagnosis and correction of reading disabilities; and clinical or laboratory practicum in reading. 
    b. A resource area of at least six semester hours, including multicultural concepts and linguistics.
6. Pass the TExES #151.

(For requirements for the Master Reading Teacher (MRT) See “Graduate Certificates” in this section of the catalog)

Curriculum and Instruction (Literacy Studies)

Core:                 12 semester hours

Plan:                   LITY 6360 Theoretical Foundations of New & Traditional Literacies 
                          LITY 6362 Assessment of Multi-Literacies Learning 
                          LITY 6363 New and Traditional Literacies Across the Content Areas 
                          LITY 6333 Theory and Application of Writing for Globalized Learning 
                          LITY 6331 Instruction for Students with Literacy Difficulties 
                          LITY 6333 Theory and Application of Writing for Globalized Learning

Additional         LITY 6340 Professional Literacy Research
Requirements:   6 semester hours by advisement (non-thesis option) 
                            OR CUIN 6308 & 6309 (thesis option)

Curriculum and Instruction (Higher Education & Secondary Education)

This degree is available for those seeking the following:

  • Increased competence in teaching at the secondary school level and college level,
  • Accreditation for teaching dual credit courses in high school programs, or
  • Credentials for teaching at the community college level.
  • Mathematics, Science, English, History and Business

Core:     12 semester hours:

             CUIN 6321 Principles of Curriculum Development, 
                     OR CUIN 6322 Principles of Curriculum Organization 
            CUIN 6332 Education in a Multicultural Society, 
            FEDU 6321 Foundations of Educational Research 
                    OR FEDU 6322 Foundations of Education Measurement 
            FEDU 6331 Human Growth and Development, 
                    OR FEDU 6333 Principles of Human Learning

Plan:  (15-18 semester credit hours) 18 semester hours selected by advisement from the teaching discipline of the
          student. These will be courses outside the School of Education and Human Development. (Courses valid 
          for dual credit teaching and community college instruction must be at the graduate level, 6300 or above.)

Additional         (6-9 semester credit hours)
Requirements:   3-6 semester credit hours selected by advisement from courses in the School of Education and 
                        Human Development, AND CUIN 6305 Professional Research