Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction

33 semester credits required. 

This major is for the professional educator desiring to improve classroom teaching skills and/or to serve in instructional leadership roles. The program will focus on high quality instruction, teacher leadership, personal reflection and action research.

The Master of Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction is offered utilizing a cohort model. This learning community approach of 15-20 students will take courses with the same group of people throughout their program.  

A significant expectation of this program is the studentís identification and research of an education related topic.  During enrollment in EDUC7518 Action Research for Educators, the student will develop an action research proposal. Prior to completion of the program and in EDUC7598C Seminar: Action Research, the student will conduct the study, submit the final document to NNU and will present the results of the study in a formal presentation to an approved audience. 

Another component of this program is the required EDUC7700 Comprehensive Examination which measures how well the student can synthesize the concepts and facts acquired during the masterís degree experience.

Students are encouraged to focus the 9 elective credits in an area of emphasis. Optional topics for emphasis may include:

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

Required courses for Curriculum and Instruction Face-to-Face: 

EDUC7504. Advanced Teaching (3)
EDUC7511. The Learning Process (3) 
EDUC7518. Action Research for Educators (3) 
EDUC7531. Statistical Applications for Educators (2) 
EDUC7532. Instructional Models (3) 
EDUC7533. Curriculum and Assessment (3) 
EDUC7561. Multicultural Issues in Education (2)
EDUC7562. Technology in Education (3) 
EDUC7566. Educational Values (1) 
EDUC7598C. Seminar: Action Research (1) 
EDUC7700. Comprehensive Examination (0)
Plus 9 Elective Credits

Master of Education, Curriculum & Instruction with English as a New Language (ENL) or Bilingual Endorsement

16 semester credits required for ENL endorsement in addition to 4 foreign language semester credits.
17 semester credits required for Bilingual endorsement in addition to 6 upper division foreign language semester credits including writing and literature.
33 total semester credits required for M.Ed. with ENL endorsement.
34 total semester credits required for M.Ed. with Bilingual endorsement.

An endorsement in either ENL or Bilingual may be earned, either alone or as part of a Curriculum and Instruction masterís degree.  Both endorsements require coursework approved by the State of Idaho as meeting Idaho certification requirements.  Students from other states will need to investigate certification requirements for the state in which they teach.  Combining the ENL endorsement with the Curriculum and Instruction degree will contribute to the development of advanced teaching skills, strong knowledge of curriculum and assessment and strategies for teaching the growing population of culturally and linguistically diverse students.  

As part of the coursework for the master's degree, students will develop an action research proposal in EDUC 7518 Action Research for Educators and complete a research study in EDUC 7598C Seminar: Action Research.  Projects related to the improvement of language acquisition and/or academic achievement for non-English speaking students are highly encouraged.   Students will present the results of the study in a formal presentation to an approved audience.   In addition to the research project in EDUC7598C Seminar: Action Research, the program culminates with EDUC7700 Comprehensive Examination. 

Required courses for ENL Endorsement: 

EDUC7513.  Theory and Foundations of Language Acquisition (2)
EDUC7567.  Philosophical and Legal Foundations of ESL (1)
EDUC7569.  Applied Linguistics (3)
EDUC7580. ESL Practicum (1) 
EDUC7583. Curriculum and Assessment for English Language Learners (3)
EDUC7587.  ESL/Bilingual Methods (3)
EDUC7589.  Cultural Diversity (3)

Additional requirements for ENL Endorsement: 

Students must earn a passing score on the required Praxis II Test 0360 English to Speakers of Other Languages.

4 additional credits in foreign language are required for the endorsement.  These credits may have been completed in undergraduate programs or in professional development for some students.  

Recommended Classes:

  • SPAN1030. Introduction to Spanish for Educators (2)
  • MDLG1094. Introduction to Chinese for Educators (2)

Additional courses required for Bilingual Endorsement: 

EDUC7582. Bilingual Practicum (1)
Students must complete two practicums for the bilingual endorsement.  One must be completed in an ENL setting, and the second practicum must be in a bilingual setting.

6 additional credits in upper division foreign language are required for the bilingual endorsement.  These credits must include writing and literature and may have been completed in undergraduate programs for some students.  A range of foreign language classes are available at NNU.  The additional practicum credit can be counted as one of the elective credits in the coursework required for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.  

Additional courses required to complete the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in addition to the Endorsement courses: 

EDUC7504. Advanced Teaching (3)
EDUC7511. The Learning Process (3)
EDUC7518. Action Research for Educators (3)
EDUC7531. Statistical Applications for Educators (2)
EDUC7598C. Seminar: Action Research (1)
EDUC7700. Comprehensive Examination (0)
Plus 5 Elective Credits from classes in the Curriculum and Instruction program