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Secondary Education

Designed For

Professionals seeking expertise in effective, research-based instructional techniques that increase student knowledge and performance in secondary or college students.

Your Future

K-12 school or district instructional specialists provide teacher training in research-based instruction practices to increase student achievement in a content area. Eighteen hours in a content area provide opportunities to teach Advanced Placement and/or Dual Credit courses at the secondary level, or to teach at the community college level.

Concentration Area Advisement

Dr. Laurie Hawke,

The Program

The 30 hour* Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree includes a combination of face-to-face, online, and hybrid coursework. Additional leveling courses may be required.

Program Core Courses
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDU 503 Foundations of Curriculum
3 EDU 538 Curriculum Design and Implementation
3 EDU 598 Techniques of Research
3 EDU 585 Education Seminar: Action Research
Program Concentration Courses
Credit Hours Course Title
18 Graduate Content Area courses

Thesis Requirements (offered to interested students)
Full admission to the C&I M.ED. program;
Concentration area program requirements AND 6 hours EDU 588;
Permission from concentration area advisor, committee chair, C&I department chair;
Thesis guidelines

Graduate Capstone Project


EDU 585/586: 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.

Comprehensive Exam Information


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 EDU 598 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. Laurie Hawke,