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Elementary Education

Designed For

Classroom teachers seeking expertise in effective, research-based curriculum development and instruction techniques proven to increase student knowledge and performance within the elementary education environment.

Your Future

Teachers holding this degree are recognized as professional educators possessing the skills necessary to develop and implement effective, research-based curriculum designed to increase student achievement.

Concentration Area Advisor

Dr. Laura Estes,

The Program

The 30 hour* Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree includes a combination of online and hybrid coursework.

Program Core Courses
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDUC 5303 Foundations of Curriculum
3 EDUC 5338 Curriculum Design and Implementation
3 EDUC 5398 Techniques of Research
3 EDUC 5385 Education Seminar: Action Research
Program Concentration Courses
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDTC 5353 Designing Online Learning Environments OR
EDTC 5354 Teaching in Online Learning Environments
3 EDUC 5350 Assessment Issues for Instructional Leaders
3 EDUC 5345 Advanced Instructional Strategies
3 READ 5373 Foundations of Reading
3 READ 5374 Literacy Instruction
3 EDTC 5349 Educational Media and Technology
Additional leveling courses may be required.

Thesis Requirements (offered to interested students)
Full admission to the C&I M.ED. program;
Concentration area program requirements AND 6 hours EDUC 5388;
Permission from concentration area advisor, committee chair, C&I department chair;
Thesis guidelines

Graduate Capstone Project


EDUC 5385 Action Research Project


Demonstration of proficiency in the application of program goals and concentration area content.


The student will

  • Identify a problem to solve (related to the student’s practice),
  • Review of the current research related to the  problem,
  • Gather and analyze data related to the problem
  • Report the findings
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations for further action.

The capstone project is directed by the chair of a 3-member, student-selected faculty advisory committee.

Comprehensive Exam Information

The graduate comprehensive exam assess attainment of the graduate program goals in both core and concentration areas.  The exam measure the knowledge and experiences gained in graduate programs as a student, as well as the degree to which knowledge and experiences can be applied to real world practice and education professionals.


Concentration Area Advisement

Concentration area advisors direct students’ enrollment advisement and release of advising holds up to the point students select a faculty committee.

Committee Chair Advisement

During the semester enrolled in EDUC 5398 Techniques of Research, students should select faculty committees. Once selected the student’s committee chair serves as advisor for enrollment and coordinates assessment of capstone project and comprehensive exam.

Concentration Area Advisement: Dr. Laura Estes,