med in curriculum and instruction

The Master of Education (MEd) with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction is for the professional educator desiring to develop advanced skills in classroom teaching and/or to serve in instructional leadership roles. This program focuses on high-quality instruction, teacher leadership, personal reflection and the use of technology as an aid for student learning. 

Offered in a cohort model, this program fits nicely into your fast-paced life allowing you to continue to teach full-time. Coursework is applicable to all grade levels (K-12), and you can earn your degree in 14 months.

Program Design

Participate in dynamic classes involving inquiry into complex educational issues. The program provides a learning community which supports job embedded professional development.


  • Complete program in as little as 14 months
  • 33 semester credits to complete degree
  • Eight of the thirteen courses are completed during the summers
  • Cohort members remain together for the core courses
  • Students select an emphasis in an area of their choice
  • Possible ENL Endorsement

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Research Project
A significant expectation of this program is the student's identification and research of an education related topic. During enrollment in EDUC 7518 Action Research for Educators, the student will develop an action research proposal. Prior to completion of the program, the student will conduct the study, submit the final document to NNU, and make an in-service presentation of the results to his/her school faculty.

Required Courses (33 Credits)

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses

EDUC 7504 Advanced Teaching (3)
EDUC 7511 The Learning Process (3)
EDUC 7518 Action Research for Educators (3)
EDUC 7531 Statistical Applications for Educators (2)
EDUC 7532 Instructional Models (3)
EDUC 7533 Curriculum and Assessment (3)
EDUC 7561 Multi-Cultural Issues in Education (2)
EDUC 7562 Technology in Education (3)
EDUC 7566 Educational Values (1)
EDUC 7598c Seminar: Action Research (1)
EDUC 7700 Comprehensive Examination (0)


Emphasis Courses 

Additionally, students choose 9 emphasis credits in one of the following areas of study:

Teacher Leadership
English as a New Language (ENL) 
Exceptional Child
Literacy Instruction 
Mathematics Instruction




Course Descriptions

EDUC7504. Advanced Teaching (3)
The characteristics of a distinguished teacher using nationally recognized frameworks will be evaluated.  Students will experience collaborative lesson planning and reflection using the Professional Learning Community model.  Assessment as an integral part of the teaching cycle will be emphasized.

EDUC7505. Teachers as Leaders (3) 
Students will learn about the correlates of an effective school and understand their role as agents of change in school improvement.  A variety of instructional leadership roles in the field of education will be explored.  Additional topics include the components of effective professional development and strategies for instructional coaching.  

EDUC7507Teaching Students Who Struggle (3) 
Students will be equipped to work with at risk students.  The various reasons why students fail will be examined, and strategies for addressing attendance, behavior, and academic problems will be presented. Subpopulations that typically struggle in public education will be discussed.  The Response to Intervention model will be used as a guide for both school-wide and individual student intervention planning.  

EDUC7511. The Learning Process (3) 
Examination of accepted theories and current research in learning behavior. Also explores the unique styles of learning and recent studies in brain function and behavior as they relate to the learning process. 

EDUC7518. Action Research for Educators (3) 
Introduction to traditional and action research in the school setting. Literature review, data collection, interpretation, and surveys will be included. Students will prepare an action research proposal as part of the course requirements. Prerequisites: EDUC7530 - Statistical Methods and Analysis (3) or EDUC7531 Statistical Applications for Educators (2).

EDUC 7531 Statistical Applications for Educators (2)
An introduction to statistical approaches to making decisions in K-12 schools. This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in education. No previous course work in statistics is assumed.

EDUC7532. Instructional Models (3)
The course is designed to acquaint students with four basic families of instructional models: 1) information processing; 2) personal development; 3) social development; and 4) behavioral systems. Examples of models representing each family will be reviewed. 

EDUC7533. Curriculum and Assessment (3) 
This course explores historical, philosophical and contemporary issues of curriculum design, including concept-based curriculum. Sound assessment practices will be explored, promoting the effective use of assessment as a teaching tool. Students will develop and analyze curriculum including assessment components. 

EDUC7545. Classroom and Behavior Management in the Mainstreamed Classroom (3) 
This course offers procedures for developing appropriate behaviors in the regular classroom both with regular students and with students considered behaviorally disordered. Behavior modification techniques will be discussed as well as development of management techniques. Non-instructional expectations of the teacher and relations with colleagues and parents will be explored. 

EDUC7561. Multicultural Issues in Education (2) 
An examination of the pluralistic nature of the school population. The implications to society and to the instructional process will be addressed. 

EDUC7562. Technology in Education (3) 
Helps students gain an awareness of current and emerging computer technologies and develop practical skills for integrating these technologies in educational settings. Essential and advanced features of software applications will be explored. 

EDUC7566. Educational Values (1) 
A study of the educator's role in relation to student and societal values. Includes theories and practical application related to moral development and the educator's responsibility in character education and values formation.

EDUC7598C. Seminar: Action Research (1) 
The purpose of this seminar is to provide guidance and instruction to students completing their action research project. The finished product is the action research paper and presentation. May be repeated for credit. Grade of Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: EDUC7518 Action Research for Educators (3) and either EDUC7530 Statistical Methods and Analysis (3) or EDUC7531 Statistical Applications for Educators (2).

Cohort Schedules

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction



Contact Us

For program details, please contact 
Dr. Mike Poe (208) 467-8429

For application questions, please contact 
Jackie Schober (208) 467-8341