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Online Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction

Complete Coursework: As little as 20 months Credit Hours: 36 Tuition: $288 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.

The Master of Science in Education (MSE) for Curriculum & Instruction is designed to prepare practicing teachers for licensure in such areas as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education or Gifted and Talented.

Students in this master's degree program focus on areas of learning that include:

  • Enhancing leadership skills, dispositions, and practices
  • Evaluating and improving processes of curriculum development
  • Enriching instructional best practices
  • Developing tools for individuals to serve as professional curriculum specialists
  • Enhancing professional growth by emphasizing critical and analytical skills, communication and collaboration skills, and strong organizational and management skills

Students are required to complete 36 hours of coursework. Courses are tightly integrated and focused on application-based curriculum. This program can be completed in as little as 20 months.

Textbook Information (.PDF)

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State Program Approvals (.PDF)

As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the requirements for licensure in his/her state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program.


Course Listing

Core Courses

Focuses on introductory statistical treatments, interpretation of research data, and methods and techniques of research.
Focuses on various educational philosophies with emphasis on implications of their tenets on educational theory and practice.
Presents an overview of educational administration for practitioners within the context of ethical and professional behavior.
Focuses on constitutional and statutory provisions and court decisions regarding the legal aspects of education.
Focuses on concepts, programs, and procedures for establishing and maintaining positive relations between the school, its constituents, and related agencies.
Focuses on learning theories and various models of teaching.
Combines attributes of supervising teaching with the formal aspects of teacher evaluation via emphasis on adult development, clinical supervision, and evaluation processes and models extant in public schools.
Focuses on perspectives, skills, and processes necessary for managing curriculum and formalizing the curriculum decision-making process.
Focuses on authentic problems and clinical activities that require candidates to demonstrate leadership skills and practices integral to school leadership. The internship must be completed during the semester in which a candidate completes the degree.

Courses for Curriculum Director Emphasis

These courses are only required for candidates seeking to become Curriculum Directors.

Emphasizes the selection and organization of content, selection of instructional materials and activities, factors affecting curriculum revision, and current curricular issues in the modern elementary school.
Emphasizes the selection and organization of content, selection of instructional materials and activities, factors affecting curriculum revision, and current curricular issues in the modern middle school.
Emphasizes the selection and organization of content, selection of instructional materials and activities, factors affecting curriculum revision, and current curricular issues in the modern secondary school.

Courses for Special Education Director Emphasis

Candidates seeking to become Special Education Directors are required to take the following two courses as well as one of the three courses listed under Curriculum Director.

Provides an in-depth study of and an exploration into the administrative processes of special education.
Focuses on the legal aspects of special education.

Course for Those Seeking Arkansas Licensure

This course is only for those students outside Arkansas who need this course to obtain an Arkansas teaching license in order to qualify for an Arkansas administrator's license that could be used to procure through reciprocity an administrator's license in another state. This course does not apply to the completion of the MSE in Curriculum and Instruction.

Intensive research seminar covering various aspects of Arkansas history.
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