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For domestic classified status, the deadline is approximately a month before the start of classes (Definite dates are on the application itself). International students, please see the FAQs #16 for your deadline. NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in moves up to January 15th. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a program leading to the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree with a major in curriculum and instruction. Within this program, graduate students are offered a variety of areas of study for Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 educators, as well as others interested in more in-depth knowledge of curriculum and/or instruction. This program draws on the many areas of expertise of the C & I faculty and offers opportunities for learning that can help graduate students grow in their ability to become a leader in their profession.
General requirements for unconditional admission to the graduate program in curriculum and instruction include a bachelor's degree, an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (A=4.0) or above or 3.0 during the last two years of undergraduate work. Those candidates seeking initial certification must pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test.
An applicant who does not meet the department's requirements for admission can appeal to the Department Graduate Admissions and Review Committee and present additional evidence of competence to undertake graduate degree work. Additional evidence may include an interview with the student and/or probationary course work of 9 semester hours of graduate work in which a B average is maintained. The Graduate Admissions and Review Committee's decision is based on all available relevant information.Candidates for the Master of Science in Education degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction will complete a 36-semester hour program of study including a specialization in one of 11 teaching fields planned in consultation with an adviser. Some students’ program of study may include more than 36 hours to satisfy content area prerequisites. The areas of specialization are:
Advanced Pedagogy (15 hours): These hours are determined in consultation with a C&I and when appropriate content faculty adviser. These courses will be selected to enhance students’ content or pedagogical skills based on the students’ individual learning goals and teaching assignment. At least 6 of these hours must be in pedagogy.
STEM Education (15 hours): These hours are determined in consultation with a STEM faculty adviser. These courses will be selected to enhance students’ STEM content or STEM pedagogical skills based on the student’s individual learning goals and teaching assignment.
Secondary Education/Art (15 hours)
Secondary Education/Biology (15 hours)
Secondary Education/Chemistry (15 hours)
Secondary Education/Earth and Space Sciences (15 hours)
Secondary Education/English/Language Arts (15 hours)
Secondary Education/Foreign Languages (15 hours)
Secondary Education/History (15 hours)
Secondary Education/Mathematics (15 hours)
Secondary Education/Physics (15 hours)
These hours are determined in consultation with the teaching-field adviser. The student must complete at least 42 semester hours in the teaching field (graduate and undergraduate course work combined) in order to be eligible for the degree. Thus, some student’s programs of study will include more than 36 hours in order to satisfy this requirement.
PROGRAM OF STUDY
Professional Core (15 hours)
CI 563 Curriculum Models (3 hrs) OR CI 537 Early Childhood Curriculum
CI 510 Analysis of Instruction (3 hrs)
EPFR 515 Issues in learning Theory (3 hrs)
EPFR 520 Analysis of Educational issues: Philosophical-Historical Foundations OR
EPFR 521 Analysis of Educational Issues: Socio-Cultural Foundations (3 hrs)
CI 548 Study of Classroom Instruction (3 hrs) OR EPFR 501 Research Methods (3 hrs)
Area of Specialization (15 hrs):
Specialization electives are chosen in consultation with adviser
Final Project (6 hours)
CI 596a-m Field Study in Curriculum and Instruction (6 hrs) OR CI 599 Thesis (6 hrs)
Maintain a GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0) or higher.
All candidates must complete a final project. In consultation with an adviser candidates will complete one of the following: action research project or thesis (omit written exam). Candidates must complete all of the program assessments at a satisfactory level.