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M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture

Program Description

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction provides preparation for teaching and school leadership positions focusing on development, coordination and evaluation of programs in science education. Graduates will find immediate posistions in Texas schools, as well as national and international school settings. This M.Ed. degree distance education option in Curriculum and Instruction provides a sound combination of theory, methodology, and a substantive content area, with some flexibility within the program empahsis, supporting areas. Prescribed courses may be waived or substituted with committee approval, based on student experience and previous traning or demonstration of required skills.

This 36-semester hour graduate degree option in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to assist science teachers to develop effictive teaching and research tools that increase educational opportunity and workplace access. Traditionally, the M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction has developed curriculum theories, pedagogical content, and teaching strategies. This distance education option will continue with these themes.


All students, distance or resident, must apply to the graduate program by completing the graduate application, the departmental application, letters of recommendation, and submitting the required documentation, such as transcripts and GRE scores. Submitted application materials are considered as part of a total application packet.

Delivery System

The primary delivery system is the Internet and World Wide Web. Online formats will vary by class, dependent on material to be presented but will include many of the following: PowerPoint presentations (both written and with voice-over), video lectures, assignments, group projects, bulletin boards, chat rooms, reading assignments, and additional course materials. Digital resources such as electronic mail, facsimilies, and other distrubution methods are used as appropriate. This mixed media ensures effective, educational interaction between the instructor and students.

Degree Program

The degree option is a non-thesis degree that requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work incorporating the following content elements organized into the strands: Academic Learning, Social Climate and Emotional Well-Being, School Improvement, and Family and Community Partnerships.

Academic Learning

  • Research-supported, effective instructional techniques for high rates of student academic learning
  • Research-supported, effective instructional techniques for efficient and successful classrooms
  • Techniques for developing, enhancing and evaluating curricula and lessons for K-12 learners
  • Classroom research techniques for evaluating and documenting student and program success
  • Techniques for enhancing student success on high-stake State-wide assessments.

Social Climate & Emotional Well-Being

  • Techniques for enhancing learner self-efficacy and student general self-concept
  • Techniques for ensuring school-wide respect for the linguistic/cultural diversity of students and their families

School Improvement

  • Skillful participation in school improvement efforts, including needs assessments, goal setting, developing an action plan, and evaluating improvement results. School improvement efforts should target academic learning of students.

Family & Community Partnerships

  • Techniques for developing inclusive partnerships with families
  • Techniques for working with the broader community and other social service agencies (interagency partnerships and collaboration)

Required Courses

I. Curriculum and Instruction Core (9 hours)
EDCI 602 Cultural Foundations
EDCI 644 Curriculum Development
EDCI 673 Analysis of Teaching Behavior

II. Suggested Curriculum and Instructions Support Courses (15-18 hours)
EDCI 675 Teaching Strategies: Patterns of Learning
EDCI 689 Special Topics in Reading Research in Science Education
EDCI 689 Special Topics in Protocols for Online Materials Development in Science
EDCI 689 Special Topics in Professional Development Strategies for Science Teachers
EDCI 689 Special Topics in Advanced Classroom Management
EDCI 607 Programs and Procedures in Supervision
EDCI 637: Educator as Researcher

III. Supporting Areas (6-12 hrs)
Select two to four courses
EDTC 602 Educational Technology
EDTC 613 Integrating Technology in Learning Environments
EDTC 618 Application of Telecommunications in Education
EDTC 621 Graphic Communication and Interface Design
EDTC 645 Microcomputer Applications in Education Instruction
EDTC 654 Instructional Design: Techniques in Educational Technology
EDTC 656 Computer Graphics: Eudcational Applications and Production Techniques
MATH 629 History of Mathematics
MATH 696 Communication and Technology in Mathematics
MATH 666 Geometry
MATH 646 Problems in Mathematics
MATH 640 Linear Algebra
MATH 645 Survey Problems I
STAT 601 Statistical Analysis
STAT 608 Least Squares & Regression Analysis
WFSC 335 Natural History of the Invertebrates
WFSC 420 Ecology for Teachers

For Information about the Curriculum & Instruction distance degree program, contact:.

Ms. Kerri R. Smith
(979) 845-8384
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture
Texas A&M University

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