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Curriculum & Instruction

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This 36-credit program covers an array of education-related topics and situations, and candidates participate in a self-designed capstone project.

The graduate program in Curriculum & Instruction (formerly General Studies) is for candidates who:

  • have a strong interest in education or are pursuing a career in an education setting that does not require formal licensing or certification
  • already hold a teaching license, but want to earn a master’s degree (M.Ed.)

The Curriculum & Instruction program is non-licensure and MTELs are not required for program completion.


Students admitted to the Curriculum & Instruction program will be assigned an academic advisor. The advisor will help construct a program that meets your personal and professional objectives. The course list below is a guide and can be altered with advisor approval. All students must contact their academic advisor to be cleared for registration each semester.

Program Components

Core Courses (16 credits)

The core of our program emphasizes social justice and the role that education plays in a democratic, pluralistic, and complex society. Required courses for all students are as follows:

  • ED 5000G - Critical Issues in Education
  • ED 640G - Diversity & Social Justice
  • ED 6100G - Research Topics in Education
  • GRAD 590 - Capstone
Areas of Concentration (12 credits)

Students may choose from any of the following concentration, or consult with their academic advisor to create a track based on individual personal and professional goals. Concentrations can be in any of the licensure areas, or a self-designed concentration.


(*not designed for obtaining the Reading Specialist license)

  • ED 5200G - Reading Interventions and Strategies
  • ED 5720G - Foundations of Language and Reading
  • ED 5880G - Literacies Across the Content Areas

English as a Second Language

  • ED 5910G - Foundations of ESL
  • ED 553G - Assessment of ESL
  • ED 559G - Issues and Trends in ESL

Leadership and Community Studies

  • ED 607G - Advanced Leadership and Policy in Education
  • CME 525G - School, Family and Community Partnerships
  • CME 530G - Social Policy for Children and Families
Electives (8 credits)

Students may be able to choose electives from other graduate programs within the School of Education & Social Policy.


All students will complete a self-designed capstone projects — an original research project that can be practice- or policy-focused. Each student will choose an area of interest related to their career goals, and focused on creating change in Education. The capstone course is the culminating experience of the master’s program in Curriculum & Instruction.

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