There is a close relationship between Curriculum and Instruction (C&I). Curriculum is the content deemed important for student learning. Instruction is the process by which that learning will be achieved.
In addition to practicing teachers in the field, this program is appropriate for any professional interested in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating instructional programs in school and non-school settings.
The mission of the Curriculum and Instruction Master’s program is to develop educational leaders for a variety of settings.
There are 3 areas of concentration within the Master in Curriculum and Instruction online program, and each concentration program is designed to be manageable for working educators like you. All concentrations are online and taught by faculty whose research is in these concentration areas.
1. STEM Education. The specialization will allow you to further develop your understanding of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. Each course helps you tie together science, math, technology, and engineering concepts, and helps you to better understand how to integrate these content areas.
This concentration enhances problem-based and project-based learning activities, mathematics and science investigation-based learning tasks, and how to use technology effectively in the classroom. You will design a technology-based learning environment and conduct an evaluation of the embedded theories in an existing environment of your choice, such as digital media, games, or other innovative technologies.
2. Gifted Education. The Gifted Education masters specialization is designed for licensed teachers who are interested in teaching gifted students PreK-12. You will have the opportunity to apply constructs learned in class to a field experience, including the development, implementation, and publication of lesson plans. You will apply theories and methods in the teaching of gifted, talented, or creative students in a classroom setting by engaging in teaching and action research activities.
During the gifted assessment course, you will develop the ability to analyze and understand a variety of assessment tools selecting the appropriate strategy for a designated purpose. Also within the assessment course you will discuss contextual elements such as cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity and disposition that influence assessment.
3. Teaching and Learning: General Studies. The Teaching and Learning: General Studies Concentration is designed for PreK-12, informal, and higher education educators who are interested in an in-depth focus on curriculum and instruction. Candidates develop their knowledge in teaching, learning, and educational research within an area agreed upon with his/her advisor along with required courses such as theories and trends, diversity, research methods, and a capstone project.
This degree does not lead to a teaching license.
Graduation rate: 90%
For the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction students will complete the core curriculum (15 credit hours) as well as an area of specialization or concentration area (15 credit hours). The concentration area is determined by the candidates’ interest and professional goals.
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A Masters in Curriculum and Instruction is great for those educators with experience in licensed teaching professionals, education administration professionals, STEM coordinators, and school or district gifted leaders.
Career opportunities for those with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction can look forward to promising careers in fields such as:
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The real-world focused faculty at UC are relevant, inspiring, attentive, supportive and connected!
“At the time I was looking for a program, there weren't many that would focus on and be applicable to my field--I teach science and STEM. I really liked the course descriptions I read online and I knew I didn't want to spend money and time learning about stuff that was too general or not applicable to my practice. The fact that UC had a track that enabled me to earn graduate certification in STEM along with my MEd was also very important to me. Also, I really liked the "Student Success Coordinator" aspect of the UC online system--a person with whom I could (and did!) build a relationship, who served as my academic enrollment specialist and was available to answer any and all questions I had throughout my time as a student. Finally, I found the UC faculty and staff to be without exception responsive, supportive, forward-thinking, professional experts in their field. The structure, administration, and content of the program combined with the excellent UC faculty and staff made the whole experience worth every penny and moment of time I spent.”
A Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction can lead to a variety of rewarding careers, which includes:
Programs can be completed full-time or part-time. Many programs are set up to be part-time, with most containing fewer than 10 credit hours in any given semester. We know you have a lot going on, so want to make sure that school can fit into your schedule. Note: There are some exceptions.
No. your degree will be conferred by the University of Cincinnati, which will also be reflected on your transcripts and degree.
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