Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
COORDINATOR: DR. JENNIFER PUTNAM
The Master of Arts program in Curriculum and Instruction includes thirty-three semester hours in five blended cohort classes, including 3 semester hours of portfolio development and internship. Knowing, understanding and practicing core teaching standards requires that candidates must know and understand current expectations of teaching standards and exhibit them in class activities. This program builds upon the most current body of knowledge of best practice and practical expertise (theory and practice) relevant to curriculum and instruction. In order to obtain graduate-level licensure, students must hold an initial licensure in Education in North Carolina and pass the appropriate Praxis exam as required by NCDPI.
- Elementary Education
- Middle School Education
- Christian School Education
- Academically Gifted Education
- Urban Education
- Rural Education
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction are encouraged to be self-reflective, lifelong learners who design, implement, and evaluate curriculum and instruction; interpret and apply current research findings; and conduct relevant classroom research.
The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to meet the following program goals:
- Provide a study of the theoretical base, research, and exemplary practices of current trends and issues in curriculum and instruction.
- Provide opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills needed to meet diverse needs of students in inclusive classroom settings.
- Provide opportunities to utilize current technologies and to integrate technology in the classroom.
- Provide advanced expertise in teaching communication skills across the curriculum.
- Provide opportunities to develop teachers as leaders who are agents of change in the schools, in the local community, and in the global community.
- Provide 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.
- Provide a learning environment that fosters respect and ethical principles in teacher/student and colleague relationships.
Candidates will begin their course of study by focusing on the history and philosophy of their concentration area. They will continue through the program all together. While the content of the rest of the coursework will center on Curriculum and Instruction, candidates will continue to maintain a focus on their specific concentration through common evidences and a three-hour internship embedded throughout the program.
- Each course in the Curriculum and Instruction program includes assignments that lead to portfolio completion. One semester hour will be added to the third, fourth, and fifth cohort courses leading to portfolio completion in the last class.
- The portfolio requirements will be emphasized in the one semester hour classes, however, students will begin the process during the first class. The rubrics utilized to evaluate the portfolio include teacher knowledge and leadership, respectful educational environment, content and curriculum expertise, student learning, and reflection.
- If the portfolio is not successfully completed by the end of program requirements, the candidate will continue to take the Continuing Internship Seminar course (1 hour credit) until all requirements are met.