M.Ed. - Curriculum & Instruction Specialization

This program is designed for educators who want to learn more about curriculum development, assessment, and evaluation.  Students pursuing this track will also develop skills needed to take leadership roles helping other teachers develop curriculum to better meet the needs of the students in their school.  The curriculum will provide students information on current legal rulings and issues but will also expand their knowledge in theoretical thinking and current research in the field.  

This program is also being used to acquire jobs with larger school districts as instructional specialists, with regional service centers that employ specialists in a variety of capacities, and for consultants who want to better understand curriculum and instruction from a district wide level.

Course Overview

The following required courses, successfully completed, lead to a Master of Education - Curriculum & Instruction Specialization.

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Core Courses (Required for Master of Education Specializations) - 12 hours
EDUC 5302 Educational Psychology and Learning Theory
The field of educational psychology has gained form from a variety of learning and developmental theories. In this course, multiple theories of development, motivation, behavior, and learning will be examined in depth. The question, “how do humans learn?” is at the heart of these theories, and students are invited to construct, deconstruct, and reconstruct their personal theories of learning throughout the course. Students will also consider what constitutes learning. A variety of topics including the effectiveness of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators; student engagement; the nature of intelligence and creativity; the relationships between teaching and learning; differences in learning among diverse groups; and issues of testing, assessment, and accountability will be considered. In considering all such topics, a common theme continues to emerge. How do psychological principles illuminate processes of learning and teaching? In this course, we consider how theory, research, and practice inform each other in order to improve the efforts of educators. The activities and assignments for this course will be tailored to fit the program in which the student is enrolled.
EDUC 5331 Education Research
This course will focus on methods used to conduct research in education. Topics covered will include: organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, qualitative research in education, and ethical issues related to educational research. An emphasis is placed on interpreting existing research for application purposes as a classroom teacher.
EDUC 5332 Research Applications in the Classroom
This course will focus on developing a complete research proposal that includes an introduction to the research problem, a comprehensive literature review, and a methodology section. The required proposal will detail a research design utilizing either quantitative or qualitative methods suitable for implementation as a classroom teacher and representing graduate level work. Prerequisite: EDUC 5331
EDUC 5387 School Law
This course is designed to develop and improve the students’ knowledge and understanding of the basic legal parameters that impact organization and control of the Texas and American school systems.
(OR) EDUC 5350 Language Acquisition
This course examines theories of second language acquisition and practical application of theories to second language teaching and learning. Students will be able to recognize the processes through which languages are acquired in both formal and informal contexts. This course will also consist of an interdisciplinary survey of theory and practice, paying close attention to how the application of all aspects of language acquisition relate to institutional learning.
Curriculum and Instruction Specialization - 18 hours
READ 5318 Reading in the Content Area
This course will focus on theories and methodologies of teaching reading as it applies to the major content areas. Pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading strategies will be explored along with different methods of teaching comprehension, vocabulary, word identification skills in the content area, fluency, and study skills. This course will also include techniques of teaching spelling, grammar, and writing as an integrated part of the content area. It is part of the core courses required for the curriculum & instruction track and certification track.
EDUC 5325 Academic Coaching
This course is designed to offer a straightforward plan to help site-based administrators and instructional coaches collaborate to bring out the best in teachers, build a strong and cohesive staff, and achieve greater student academic success. A strength-based school improvement model will be the focus of the learning. Students will learn how to work with teachers to help them work together and maximize teacher effectiveness and efficiency. The academic coaching model will focus on self reflection, planning, goal setting, and a feedback based walk-through model to mirror the state’s current teacher evaluation system.
EDUC 5322 Curriculum Design, Assessment and Evaluation
This course examines classical as well as current theories of curriculum development and design. Practical applications of curriculum assessment and other determinants are considered. A systemic evaluation process of curriculum is emphasized.
EDUC 5323 Adapting Curriculum for Diverse Learners
This course will focus on the unique needs of diverse learners in the general education classroom. Topics covered include differentiation of instruction, response to intervention, and creating accommodations and modifications according to the needs of the learner. Research on adapting curriculum for diverse learners will be examined from the perspective of a graduate student. As a result of taking this course, students will be provided the tools necessary to become campus leaders in the adaptation of curriculum for diverse learners.
EDUC 5324 Curriculum Leadership
This course will focus on assisting teachers to define, plan, implement, and assess the P-12 Curricula. This course will also explore human resources available to schools and leaders. School leaders today must demonstrate “facilitative leadership” in to order to be effective. The job of school leader is increasingly complex. The development of leadership capacity within one’s own self and others will be considered so that leadership challenges can be met effectively.
EDUC 5333 Technology in Today's Classroom
This course will develop technology literacy skills for teaching. Students will demonstrate the use of technology in communicating, collaborating, and teaching. Knowledge and proficiencies needed to confidently incorporate existing and emerging educational technologies into candidates’ future classrooms will be taught. Emphasis will be on integrating technology applications to support content area teaching. Assignments and activities will be tailored to fit the track that student is taking.

* International Students will take EDUC 5350 instead of EDUC 5387

 12 Month Curriculum & Instruction Specialization Course Schedule

Summer II (June)

Summer III (July)



Summer I (May)

EDUC 5302

EDUC 5333

READ 5318

EDUC 5325

EDUC 5322

EDUC 5323


EDUC 5331

EDUC 5324

EDUC 5332

EDUC 5387


EDUC 5350