Increase your expertise and marketability by earning a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Southern New Hampshire University.
Curriculum plays a critical role in a student's education and in the growing nationwide emphasis on educational quality and accountability. In the master’s in curriculum and instruction program, you’ll develop a specialized understanding of the latest theories and practices in curriculum development. Gain valuable knowledge and insights that will prepare you to make significant contributions to students, schools, parents, communities and your career.
Elect the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction alone or choose one of four concentration areas for added specialization and career enhancement options. Concentrations include education leadership, reading, special education and technology integration.
The master’s in curriculum and instruction program, offered on campus and online, is ideal for licensed teachers seeking an additional endorsement or select K-12 professionals who are leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. This program does not lead to initial licensure.
Students enrolled in the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction may be eligible for New Hampshire certification as a curriculum administrator or may elect to not seek state certification. If you are interested in obtaining state certification outside of New Hampshire, check with your state's Department of Education to ensure New Hampshire certification is recognized in your home state.
Upon completion of the master’s in curriculum and instruction program, you will understand how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MEd at SNHU include:
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an endorsement in New Hampshire. Please note that Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume. Additional forms may be required depending on your background.
The master’s in curriculum and instruction program is designed for certified teachers or select K-12 professionals who are leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. Students will be exposed to an in-depth study of teaching, learning and curriculum design.
The program is comprised of 11 MEd in Curriculum and Instruction courses, including eight core classes and three elective courses of your choosing or three concentration-specific courses. The 33-credit-hour program lets you tailor the degree to your interests and professional needs.
This course provides an introduction to methods of educational research. These methods encourage educators to be action researchers in their own classrooms, school districts, and/or communities to improve teaching and learning practice. Students will become familiar with purposeful quantitative and qualitative research designs to develop an increased understanding of the issues, both theoretical and practical, arising through the research process. An emphasis will be placed on understanding, interpreting, and critiquing educational research and developing research proposals.
In this course, students will develop the knowledge and skills to use technology to enhance student learning and achievement. This course also introduces students to learning targets (standards/outcomes) and a general model of curriculum development, implementation and assessment.
This course is a comprehensive, practical basis for preparing school administrators and teachers to be knowledgeable, creative and effective curriculum designers. Readings will provide students information about the importance and relevance of good curriculum design. The primary focus of the course will be on the study and use of UBD (Understanding by Design). Students will develop a working model of a curriculum unit using the UBD framework.
This course builds assessment competency by analyzing recent trends in assessment for evaluating and documenting student performance and progress toward desired outcomes. Students examine the uses of assessment at the individual, class and school levels; including New England Common Assessment Data. Students will select and design assessments suitable for instructional decisions that support planning developing curriculum, and making recommendations for instructional improvement. Students will interpret and communicate the results of both externally produced and teacher-produced assessment for a variety of audiences. Students will describe valid grading procedures and discuss ethical issues linked to assessment methods and uses of assessment information.
The course will emphasize the teacher's critical role as a designer of student learning and will address how a curriculum built on the goal of student understanding using differentiated instruction can provide teachers with more specific teaching targets. The focus of this course is on the connections between Understanding by Design (UBD) and Differentiated Instruction (DI) as well as the use of standards of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the planning and delivery of curriculum for all types of learners.
This course examines a variety of factors that affect academic achievement for today's students from birth through the high school level. Students will examine diversity through the lens of race/ethnicity, language, economics, and academics. Culturally responsive teaching practices, including issues such as gender, ability, class, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and cultural pluralism will be examined.
The primary goal of this course is for the student to develop awareness of ethical, professional and legal issues pertinent to educational settings. These issues include, ethical decision making processes, legal mandates related to education and special education, professional relationships, confidentiality, supervision, conflict of interest, boundaries and diversity. Additionally, we will discuss obstacles that relate to the provision of educational services in the school and with children and their parents in general.
Students are required to develop and implement two products and/or experiences and document a leadership role in the area of curriculum. Students complete a detailed proposal or plan of study on their goals, product(s), audience, follow-up, etc. for this practicum. The purpose of this practicum is to encourage the teacher as researcher and leader in curriculum development and encourage the integration and application of course work. The practicum is completed during the semester under the supervision of a school district administrator and the student's advisor.
Choose 3 Education Electives (DEV, EDU, RDG, SPED)
Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University's graduate degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
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