The MEd program is designed primarily for individuals who want to broaden their knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment in classrooms and other education venues.
Optional areas of emphasis include Elementary Education, English Education, Foreign Language Education, Gifted Education, Math Education, Reading Education, Science Education, Special Education, Social Studies Education, and ESOL. Those who already hold initial licensure may complete coursework needed for endorsements in GE, ESOL, or Algebra I.
Prerequisites and Admission Requirements
Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to MEd programs. These include two recommendations from faculty and/or employers, a goal statement, and GRE scores that meet Curry criteria for admission--450 verbal, 530 math, 4.0 writing (old exam) or equivalent scores on the new exam. Recommendations must be solicited through Curry’s online application. International students must also submit TOEFL scores.
Application Due Date
February 1 for summer or fall entry.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at the 5000 level or above. Up to 6 graduate credits taken prior to admission may be counted toward the degree, if not counted toward the applicant’s undergraduate degree and if relevant to the program of curriculum and instruction. Program completers must also pass a comprehensive exam. The program-area handbook provides additional information about requirements and resources available to students.
There are numerous work-study options available to master's students. Students may also apply for federal financial aid.
Typical Length of Study
Students may enroll on a full- or part-time status. All requirements, including the comprehensive exam, must be completed within a five-year period. Students enrolled on a full-time basis typically complete program requirements during a single academic year.
Semester of Entry:
Students may enter the program during the fall, spring, or summer session.
Full or Part Time:
Full- or part-time enrollment is available.
With the assistance of the advisor, students are encouraged to select at least one course from each of the following areas. A second course from one of the areas is recommended to create a 12-15 hour core. Coursework selections are based on students’ prior experiences and desired educational goals.
EDIS 5055 Models of Instruction
EDLF 7390 Differentiated Instruction
EDIS 5041 Behavior Management
EDIS 7280 Creativity and Problem Solving
EDLF 5711 Globalization, Childhood, and Culture
EDLF 5000 Multicultural Education
EDIS 5170 Social Issues, Schools, Classrooms, and Families (focus on early childhood)
EDLF 7606 Comparative Education
EDIS 5650 Cultural Geography
EDIS 8800 Principles of Curriculum Design
EDIS 8820 Curriculum Theory
EDIS 5440 Applied Teaching with Technology
EDIS 7000 Introduction to Instructional Design
EDIS 7010 Computer Courseware Tools
Advisors assist students in selecting the remaining 15-18 hours of coursework to create an area of specialization from existing graduate courses.
Sample Jobs After Graduation
Program completers have taken positions in museums, private schools and, if experienced teachers, as curriculum coordinators. A number of military personnel have assumed instructional positions at military training sites.