The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction degree requires a total of 33-credit hours of coursework. The selected concentration must match the candidate’s Initial License, as issued by the state of North Carolina for students seeking an “M” License.

The concentrations listed below are Middle Grades Education, Secondary Education, and Teaching English as a Second Language.

Middle Grades Education Concentration

Core Courses (18 credit hours)

MDSK 6156: Curriculum, Teaching, and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

A consolidated examination of curriculum and learning theory with emphasis on educational reform and the origins of contemporary issues in education. Merges curriculum and learning theory to examine contemporary issues in education. Drawing from the field of curriculum studies, attention is given to historical roots of curriculum and important theorists, educational reform and the change process, as well as global comparisons among American and international educational systems. Approaches learning theory associated with information processing, personal, social, and behavior models as a foundation of current content area instructional methodology.

MDSK 6220: Adolescence and Learning (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

Study of adolescence as a phase of development and its relationship to the learning process.

MDSK 6260: Teacher Leadership (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

An examination of the current research on adult learning and development, expert knowledge, and the professionalization of the field of teaching. Students develop skills to direct other educational professionals.

MDSK 6691: Seminar in Professional Development (3) - Capstone Course 
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Seminar focused on the self-direction and professional development of teachers. Emphasis placed on the design, development, and completion of the candidate’s comprehensive portfolio, thesis, or research project.

RSCH 6101: Research Methods (3) 
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

An orientation to designs and procedures utilized in educational research, emphasizing basic principles for conducting research, interpreting and evaluating published articles representative of educational problems and issues.

TESL 6206: Globalization, Communities, and Schools (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

An examination of the intersection of globalization and education with specific attention to the experiences of children of immigration in North Carolina K-12 communities and the contemporary phenomenon of transnationalism. Implications for the best K-12 educational practice are emphasized. This course does not carry a fieldwork requirement.


Middle Grades Course (3 credit hours)

MDLG 6225: Issues in Middle Grades Education (3)
Offered in Summer | No prerequisites

Examination of educational practices in the middle grades (6-9) including trends and issues unique to that philosophy. Emphasis on broadening understanding of foundational components, organizational patterns, instructional programs and management techniques.

 

Advanced Methods Course (3 credit hours)

Students choose one from their content concentration:

ENGL 6274: Contexts and Issues in the Teaching of English (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Examine key concepts of the discipline. In doing so, students consider their own identities as readers, writers, teachers, researchers, and makers of meaning. Emphasizes critical approaches and pedagogical issues, with special attention given to technology in the teaching of language, composition, and literature, as well as cultural contexts for the study of English.

MAED 6252: Advanced Methods in Middle and Secondary Mathematics Education (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Examination of current research and scholarship on the teaching of mathematics in middle and secondary schools. Particular emphasis on the development of advanced instructional expertise and leadership.

MDSK 6351: Advanced Methods in Middle and Secondary Science (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Examination of current research and scholarship on the teaching of science in middle and secondary schools. Particular emphasis on the development of advanced instructional expertise and leadership.

MDSK 6354: Advanced Methods in Middle and Secondary Social Studies (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Examination of current research and scholarship on the teaching of social studies in middle and secondary schools. Particular emphasis on the development of advanced instructional expertise and leadership.

Advanced Content Specialization Courses (6 credit hours)
Offered in Summer | No prerequisites

Students select two courses from the following options in their content area. Check the Graduate Catalog for course options.

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Advanced Specialization Pedagogy Course (3 credit hours)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

A graduate-level pedagogy course should be chosen in consultation with student’s advisor.

Capstone Experience

Students in all concentrations must complete a capstone experience. They complete either a comprehensive portfolio or research project, as assigned by their program advisor.

 

Secondary Education Concentration

Core Courses (18 credit hours)

MDSK 6156: Curriculum, Teaching, and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

A consolidated examination of curriculum and learning theory with emphasis on educational reform and the origins of contemporary issues in education. Merges curriculum and learning theory to examine contemporary issues in education. Drawing from the field of curriculum studies, attention is given to historical roots of curriculum and important theorists, educational reform and the change process, as well as global comparisons among American and international educational systems. Approaches learning theory associated with information processing, personal, social, and behavior models as a foundation of current content area instructional methodology.

MDSK 6220: Adolescence and Learning  (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

Study of adolescence as a phase of development and its relationship to the learning process.

MDSK 6260: Teacher Leadership  (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

An examination of the current research on adult learning and development, expert knowledge, and the professionalization of the field of teaching. Students develop skills to direct other educational professionals.

MDSK 6691: Seminar in Professional Development (3) - Capstone Course
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Seminar focused on the self-direction and professional development of teachers. Emphasis placed on the design, development, and completion of the candidate’s comprehensive portfolio, thesis, or research project.

RSCH 6101: Research Methods (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

An orientation to designs and procedures utilized in educational research, emphasizing basic principles for conducting research, interpreting and evaluating published articles representative of educational problems and issues.

TESL 6206: Globalization, Communities, and Schools (3)
Offered in Fall | No prerequisites

An examination of the intersection of globalization and education with specific attention to the experiences of children of immigration in North Carolina K-12 communities and the contemporary phenomenon of transnationalism. Implications for the best K-12 educational practice are emphasized. This course does not carry a fieldwork requirement.

 

Advanced Methods Course (3 credit hours)

Students choose one from their content concentration:

ENGL 6274: Contexts and Issues in the Teaching of English (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Examine key concepts of the discipline. In doing so, students consider their own identities as readers, writers, teachers, researchers, and makers of meaning. Emphasizes critical approaches and pedagogical issues, with special attention given to technology in the teaching of language, composition, and literature, as well as cultural contexts for the study of English.

MAED 6252: Advanced Methods in Middle and Secondary Mathematics Education (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Examination of current research and scholarship on the teaching of mathematics in middle and secondary schools. Particular emphasis on the development of advanced instructional expertise and leadership.

MDSK 6351: Advanced Methods in Middle and Secondary Science (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Examination of current research and scholarship on the teaching of science in middle and secondary schools. Particular emphasis on the development of advanced instructional expertise and leadership.

MDSK 6354: Advanced Methods in Middle and Secondary Social Studies (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Examination of current research and scholarship on the teaching of social studies in middle and secondary schools. Particular emphasis on the development of advanced instructional expertise and leadership.

Advanced Content Specialization Courses (9 credit hours)
Offered in Summer | No prerequisites

Students select three courses from the following options in their content area. Check the Graduate Catalog for course options.

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Note: For students interested in teaching at the community college level, Master’s degrees with concentrations in Mathematics Education and English Education are offered through the Departments of Mathematics & Statistics and English, respectively.  Please see the individual M.S. in Mathematics and M.A. in English sections of the Graduate Catalog for details.

Advanced Specialization Pedagogy Course (3 credit hours)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

A graduate-level pedagogy course should be chosen in consultation with student’s advisor.

Capstone Experience

Students in all concentrations must complete a capstone experience. They complete either a comprehensive portfolio or research project, as assigned by their program advisor.

 

Teaching English as a Second Language Concentration

Core Courses (12 credit hours)

MDSK 6260: Teacher Leadership (3)
Offered in Fall and Spring | No prerequisites

An examination of the current research on adult learning and development, expert knowledge, and the professionalization of the field of teaching. Students develop skills to direct other educational professionals.

RSCH 6101: Research Methods (3)
Offered in Fall, Spring and Summer | No prerequisites

An orientation to designs and procedures utilized in educational research, emphasizing basic principles for conducting research, interpreting and evaluating published articles representative of educational problems and issues.

TESL 5103: Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
Offered in Fall and Summer | No prerequisites

For current and future teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) to master a variety of approaches, methods, and techniques of teaching ESL and other competencies prescribed by the state of North Carolina.

TESL 6206: Globalization, Communities, and Schools (3)
Offered in Fall and Spring | No prerequisites

An examination of the intersection of globalization and education with specific attention to the experiences of children of immigration in North Carolina K-12 communities and the contemporary phenomenon of transnationalism. Implications for the best K-12 educational practice are emphasized. This course does not carry a fieldwork requirement.

Advanced Methods Course (3 credit hours)

TESL 6476: Advanced Pedagogy in Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

A variety of topics will be addressed in order to prepare experienced second language teachers to be critical thinkers, second language researchers, and instructional and program leaders. Exemplar topics include theories of second language acquisition, the history and trends of second language instructional methods, curriculum design, research-based practices, multicultural education, community partnerships, and mentoring of beginning teachers.

Advanced Content Specialization Courses (18 credit hours)

ENGL 6161: Introduction to Linguistics (3)
Offered in Fall, Spring and Summer | No prerequisites

Introduction to linguistics, its techniques and objectives, descriptive and historical approaches, language families, language and culture.

READ 6204: Teaching Reading to English Language Learners (3)
Offered in Fall and Spring | No prerequisites

Research, theory, and instructional practices related to the reading process and reading instruction for English Language Learners in K-12 classrooms; relationship between language development and reading; examination of instructional materials; and field-based application of course content.

TESL 5104: Authentic Assessment (3)
Offered in Fall and Spring | No prerequisites

For current and future teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) to develop multiple criteria assessment models as TESL diagnosticians and to master other competencies prescribed by the state of North Carolina.

TESL 6204: Multicultural Education (3)
Offered in Fall and Spring | No prerequisites

Assists teachers and other school personnel in the development of skills in multicultural curriculum, design and delivery. Examines issues of power, race, class, and privilege that affect the educational success of English Language Learners and other diverse student populations in today’s public schools. Addresses the need to develop instructional practices that infuse critical multicultural education into the curriculum.

TESL 6205: Second Language Acquisition in K-12 Schools (3)
Offered in Fall and Spring | No prerequisites

An examination of concepts, theories, research, and practice related to the language acquisition and literacy development of English Language Learners in U.S. schools. Attention is paid to the physiological, social and psychological variables that influence the academic success of immigrant children and the challenges associated with first language literacy, second language literacy, and second language development in K-12 settings.

TESL 6691: Seminar in Professional Development (3) - Capstone Course
Offered in Spring | No prerequisites

Seminar focused on self-direction and professional development of English as Second Language Specialists (ESL), with an increasing emphasis on becoming instructional leaders, as students plan to meet their own learning needs in instructional expertise; expand their awareness of the role of the ESL specialist; plan their program; use technology in presentations; and develop their Master’s Thesis, Master’s Research Project or Comprehensive Portfolio. The goal of the course is to help the student demonstrate through a culminating teaching portfolio that the student has obtained the knowledge, skills and dispositions of a master teacher.

Capstone Experience

Students in all concentrations must complete a capstone experience. They complete either a comprehensive portfolio or research project, as assigned by their program advisor.