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Overview

Pursing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction will help you to envision, create and implement effective, high-achieving and equitable education in our fast-paced and ever-evolving world.

University of Detroit Mercy offers two graduate programs in this field to fit where you are in your career:

  • Experienced educators (e.g., K-12/higher education/adult education leaders) who seek to lead renewal initiatives in school settings and/or community-based organizations.
  • Educators seeking initial teacher certification that positions them to be educator leaders.

Both programs model a hybrid course teaching methodology so that you experience the power of integrating face-to-face and technology supported learning to engage the learner.

To learn more about our program for educators seeking initial certification, please visit the page for our Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction and a concentration in teaching certification program.

If you are an experienced educator please continue reading on this page for our Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction.

Description
Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction

Designed for the experienced educator, the course of study for the Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction for experienced educators provides the conceptual, technical and decision-making skills needed to be a master educator and leader in school renewal.

As you pursue this degree program, you can use coursework to address school, program, classroom issues and challenges as a classroom teacher and school leader. Course projects provide practical opportunities to apply classic and emerging educational theories and strategies for achieving expected learner outcomes. Courses can be used to prepare for application to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) for national teaching certification. See your program advisor for current requirements.

Special interests can be pursued within the program. These may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Adult Learner
  • Collaboration for Inclusionary Education
  • Department and School Leadership
  • Multicultural and Diversity Curriculum
  • Staff Professional Development
  • Standards-Based Curriculum
  • Success for All Students
  • Teacher Mentor
  • Technology Integration

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must qualify for graduate study, have a 3.0 GPA, a state teaching certificate or a background in education and experience satisfactory to the department. Program applicants must give evidence of their ability to pursue this program of study as well as to apply learning principles in their chosen specialty area and submit three letters of recommendation as verification of your educational achievements.

Degree Requirements

Eighteen of the 30 credit hours develop core competencies for ethical and skilled decision-making toward effective teaching and learning. The core courses are:

EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research 3 credits
EDU 5160 Elementary Curriculum Construction; {OR}
3 credits
EDU 5170 Secondary Curriculum Construction 3 credits
EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies 3 credits
EDU 5960 Program Planning, Evaluation,
Development and Implementation
3 credits
EDU 6090 Advanced Seminar in Curriculum
Planning
3 credits
EDU 6200 Supervision of Instruction 3 credits
Special interest electives are chosen in
consultation with an advisor.
9 credits
Master's-Degree Level Research 3-6 credits

Master's-degree level research, in consultation with your advisor, is conducted and written as a culminating project in EDU 5510 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction, 3 credits. Students may elect to take EDU 6980 Field Research Project, 3 to 6 credits, or EDU 5990 Master's Thesis, 6 credits, to fulfill this requirement with the permission of the program director. Research requirements must be successfully demonstrated with a graduate passing grade.

Core competency courses are continuously adjusted to meet the rapidly changing demands of effective education. You need to work closely with your program advisor to determine current requirements and possible course offerings which fulfill this degree program.

Program Contact Information

Director: Joslen Letscher, Ph.D.
Reno Hall, Room 209
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0483
Fax: 313-578-0507
Email: letschjl@udmercy.edu

Department Chair: Lorri MacDonald, Ed.D.
Reno Hall, Room 243
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0431
Fax: 313-578-0507
Email: macdonlj@udmercy.edu


For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.


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