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  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction
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  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Mike Coquyt, Ed.D
    Lommen 216C, (218) 477-2019
    michael.coquyt@mnstate.edu

    Program Description

    The Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction provides candidates with both a theoretical base and opportunity for practical application within the areas of educational foundations, curriculum theory, instructional best practices, and educational research. All students must take a core, which consists of 19 credits. This core provides not only a theoretical base, but an opportunity to conduct action research in the classroom with the purpose of providing a solid research base that is appropriate for the P-12 teacher who seeks a means by which to increase student achievement. In addition to the core, students must select a 13-credit emphasis in one of the following areas: Special Education, Literacy, and Technology.

    Admission Requirements

    The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to:
    Graduate Studies Office
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Ave. S.
    Moorhead, MN 56563

    1. Baccalaureate degree in Education or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution.
    2. Minimum one year documented and successful teaching, or comparable human service experience.
    3. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75, or at least 3.0 on the last 30 semester hours of graded course work.
    4. Completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study form.
    5. Undergraduate and other transcripts sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Studies Office.  Transcript Policy.
    6. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    7. 250-300 word essay on professional goals and philosophy of education.
    8. Transfer courses evaluated and approved by the Coordinator of the Curriculum and Instruction Program. 

    Degree Requirements

    1. Minimum of 32 credits.
    2. Students wishing to transfer credits from other institutions or have taken courses before admission to the graduate program should refer to the Residence and Transfer of Credit section for further information.
    3. 3.0 grade point average required for courses submitted for the degree.
    4. Action Research Project/Integrated Paper.
    5. Written Comprehensive Examination.

    Detailed information on these requirements and department policies and procedures may be obtained from the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program Coordinator.

    Course Requirements

    Core Requirements (19 Credits)
    ED 601 Psychological Foundations of Education (2)
    ED 603 Methods of Research (2)
    ED 609 Action Research (2)
    ED 613 Social, Cultural, Political and Community Dimensions of Education (4)
    ED 632 Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Theory (4)
    ED 633 Technology and Information Systems (2)
    SPED 664 Theory and Process of Consultation and Collaboration (3)

    Teacher Leadership Requirements (15 Credits) 
    ED 630 Leadership, Planning, and Organizational Behavior in Education (3)
    ED 634 Personal Communications and Ethics (3)
    PSY 634 Methods of Evidence Based Practice (2)
    ED 670 Educational Alternatives for Learning (2)
    ED 671 Issues in Education (2)
    ED 690 Topics in Education (2)
    ED 694 Internship (1)

    Literacy Emphasis (13 Credits)
    EECE 613 Literacy Instruction and Assessment: A Historical Perspective (3)
    EECE 614 Literacy in the Content Areas& (3)
    EECE 645 Developmental Diagnosis of and Instruction in Literacy (3)
    EECE 646 Reading Clinic Diagnosis (2)
    EECE 691 Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs (2)

    Special Education Emphasis (13 Credits)

    SPED 555 Characteristics of Students with Learning and Behavior Problems (4)
    SPED 613 Diagnostic Teaching (3)
    SPED 620: Perspectives and Policies in Special Education (3)
    SPED 670 Transitional/Career Education for Secondary Students (3)

    Technology Emphasis (13 Credits)
    ED 519 Creating Web-Based Curriculum Materials (2)
    ED 523 Design of Online Instruction (2)
    ED 534 Assessment Strategies for Technology-Enhanced Curricula (2)
    ED 602 Statistics in Educational Research (2)

    Technology Electives (5 credits)
    ED 522 Electronic Resources: Issues and Practice (2)
    ED 525 Methods of Computer-Mediated Communication in Education (2)
    ED 527 Emerging Technologies (2)
    ED 535 Infusing Technology into Mathematics (2)
    ED 539 Infusing Technology into Literacy Instruction (2)
    ED 542 Infusing Technology into the Science Curriculum (2)
    ED 590 Topics in Education (1)

    TESL Emphasis (13 Credits)
    LANG 557 Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching (3)
    TESL 625 Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language and Literacy (3)
    TESL 690 Special Topics (1)
    OR ED 694v Internship (1)

    TESL Electives (6 Credits)
    TESL 551 English Structures (3)
    TESL 654 Pedagogical Grammar (3)
    LANG 670 Designing ESL Courses (3)
    TESL 675 Assessment in TESL (3)
    ED 694v Internship (3)

    Kodaly Emphasis (13 Credits)
    MUS 634 Kodaly Method for Training Teachers Level I (3)
    MUS 635 Kodaly Method for Training Teachers Level II (3)
    MUS 636 Kodaly Method for Training Teachers Level III (3)

    Kodaly Electives (4 Credits)
    MUS 532 Voice Pedagogy (2)
    MUS 540-546: Music Literature (2)
    MUS 554-559: Music Performance (Applied Lessons) (1-3)
    MUS 595 Special Topics (1-2)
    MUS 596 Workshop in Music Education (1-2)
    MUS 620 Instrumental Ensemble (1)
    MUS 621 Vocal Ensemble (1)
    MUS 637 Orff-Schulwerk Level (3)
    MUS 654-659: Music Performance (Applied Lessons) (1-3)

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