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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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College of Education  > Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Chair: Dr. Jennifer Chauvot

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction prepares teachers and other educators to meet the special demands of educational, health, cultural, and other human service settings. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a variety of graduate degrees as well as course work for teacher certification. The Department offers a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, a 51-hour EdD in Professional Leadership, a 30-hour MEd in Curriculum & Instruction, and a 36-hour MEd in Curriculum & Instruction.

Full-time faculty members teach and conduct research in a broad range of subject areas including art education, early childhood education, health science education, learning, design & technology, mathematics education, reading, language arts, and literature education, science education, social studies/social education, and teaching and teacher education.

Academic Programs

Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction

The 30-hour Masters in Education program offers a variety of specializations to meet the needs of all educators. The program produces graduates that are well versed in current research and theories regarding their disciplines. The program prepares graduates for leadership positions in schools, community organizations, museums, and related educational institutions as well as to become curriculum specialists, instructional leaders, master teachers, community college professors, and instructional designers. Flexibility in the program allows students with demanding schedules the ability to pursue a graduate degree. By offering online and hybrid courses as well as some online degree programs, students are able to successfully complete our degree program. Most recently, US News and World Report ranked our online graduate program the #1 online education graduate program in the nation.

This 30-hour degree program offers the following areas of specialization:

The 36-hour dual credit Masters in Education program offers mathematics and social studies educators the opportunity to become both content and curriculum specialists in their given field. This program prepares educators to become high school dual credit course teachers or instructors at community and some other colleges. For college-level academic dual credit courses, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requires that instructors have a master’s degree or doctoral degree with 18 graduate hours in the discipline being taught. To meet the needs of students, the college offers the mathematics specialization entirely online and the social studies specialization through a variety of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.

This 36-hour degree program offers the following areas of specialization:

  • Mathematics Education
  • Social Studies/Social Education

The 36-hour Masters in Education program with initial certification offers a demanding curriculum where graduate coursework in Curriculum and Instruction and certification coursework overlap. This program is for individuals who are seeking the MEd and intend to pursue teaching in K-12 public schools in Texas.

This 36-hour Masters in Education with initial certification program offers the following areas of specialization/certifications:

  • EC-6 Generalist
  • EC-6 Bilingual Generalist
  • EC-12 Special Education
  • 4-8 Language Arts
  • 4-8 Mathematics
  • 4-8 Science
  • 4-8 Social Studies
  • 7-12 English
  • 7-12 Mathematics
  • 7-12 Science
  • 7-12 Social Studies

Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Professional Leadership

The Doctorate of Education in Professional Leadership is a 51-hour doctoral program providing research and applied skills for educators grappling with current issues in education in urban contexts. The program is designed to facilitate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for professional and instructional leadership in urban schools, community organizations, museums and related educational institutions.  Designed as a cohort model with online, hybrid, and flipped courses.

This degree program has the following area of specialization:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Curriculum and Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction, PhD  (with an emphasis on urban education and a specialization in a chosen program area) is a 66-hour doctoral program that establishes a link between research and practice, providing opportunities to investigate curriculum, instruction, assessment, and social justice issues within an urban education context. PhD students engage in rigorous research, quality teaching, and contextual service to enhance education, curriculum and instruction, and community connections. The program area, core, and research courses, in addition to the dissertation process and other experiential opportunities, prepare students for positions in higher education or other related areas that expect continued examination of research and practice in urban environments.

This degree program has the following area of specialization:

  • Art Education
  • Learning, Design & Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Reading, Language Arts, and Literacy Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies/Social Education
  • Teaching/Teacher Education

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