Graduates of the Master of Arts in Elementary Education program are encouraged to be self-reflective, lifelong learners who design, implement, and evaluate elementary school curriculum and instruction; interpret and apply current research findings; and conduct relevant classroom research.

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The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree program encourages self-reflective, lifelong learners who design, implement, and evaluate curriculum and instruction; interpret and apply current research findings; and conduct relevant classroom research.

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Designed for current school teachers who wish to enhance their teaching skills and career opportunities, the five-semester Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program will provide:

  1. a study of the theoretical base, research, and exemplary practices of current trends and issues in curriculum and instruction;
  2. opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills needed to meet diverse needs of students in inclusive classroom settings;
  3. opportunities to utilize current technologies and to integrate technology in the classroom;
  4. advanced expertise in teaching communication skills across the curriculum;
  5. opportunities to develop teachers as leaders who are agents of change in the schools, in the local community, and in the global community;
  6. opportunities to develop and refine leadership styles and skills through a process of active engagement in learning, self-reflection, planning, collaboration, reflective teaching, and development of interpersonal and motivational skills; and
  7. a learning environment that fosters respect and ethical principles in teacher/student and colleague relationships.

Gardner-Webb University’s School of Education offers a learning environment that supports Christian values in the classroom. You will gain valuable professional preparation to succeed in your career and help your future students succeed in school. You will also benefit from spiritual support that prepares you for ethical, inspired leadership.

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and be recommended for graduate-level licensure in Curriculum and Instruction which requires a satisfactory score on the Praxis II exam. The program is designed to offer the depth of a concentration and the breadth of a cross-disciplinary perspective to develop curricular leaders who can shape educational practices at all levels.

Students in the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.50 grade point average for all coursework beyond high school. Three years of teaching experience is strongly recommended. In order to obtain graduate-level licensure, students must hold initial licensure. Applicants not currently licensed in North Carolina are eligible for acceptance into the program but will not be recommended for licensure unless they obtain an initial State of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Professional Educator’s License prior to completing their degree.

Integrated curriculum will be offered within the five-semester, 33-hour Curriculum and Instruction degree program. Each semester students will take one module, consisting of six or seven integrated semester hours with a one-credit hour internship during the third, fourth, and fifth semesters.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Face-to-Face: Coursework will be delivered primarily in a face-to-face format, augmented by online activities designed by the instructor for assessment, enrichment and collaboration. You will meet one night per week face-to-face from 4:45 until 8:45 p.m. in the fall/spring semesters, and one night per week face-to-face from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the summer term. A portion of your classes will be conducted via Blackboard, and each semester’s final projects will be submitted in an electronic portfolio in Taskstream.

Fully Online: You will log into Blackboard to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and complete group activities. While there are no face-to-face meetings, some of the activities may include chats, discussion boards, recorded and/or live webinars, and various web links for viewing. Your classes will operate in Blackboard and each semester’s final projects will be submitted in an electronic portfolio in Taskstream. Upon full acceptance to the online program you will be required to complete online certification to verify your proficiency in an online environment.

Successful completion of this program and its electronic portfolio qualifies a candidate for licensure in the state of North Carolina. Before beginning the program, a student who intends to work in a state other than North Carolina should contact the appropriate state licensure authority in order to determine whether North Carolina licensure requirements meet that state’s requirements or whether additional requirements apply. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm and comply with the licensure requirements in any state other than North Carolina.

Educators who work in South Carolina should consult the SC Department of Education webpage on Online and Out of State Educator Preparation Programs which includes the following instructions.

Prior to beginning an online program, an individual must request a formal program approval using the online Request for Change/Action form. Along with the form, educators will need to include, college or university name and address, program name, program description and the purpose of the program. Also what the educator wants to obtain with degree program (ex: Initial certification in Elementary Education). Approval for online programs cannot be given via phone or email.

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