Explore how to best meet the needs of a diverse cross-section of students in the online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program with a concentration in special education. Designed to align with 21st century learning, the Master in Curriculum and Instruction online program provides you with a deep understanding of the issues related to teaching and learning conditions for children with mild to moderate disabilities.
With a special education concentration, you’ll learn traditional, innovative and research-based approaches that support the instructional and transitional needs of children in inclusive classrooms from preschool through high school. The history and legislation of special education at the federal and state levels as they relate to the Education and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) also are examined.
The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program prepares educators in all settings to be leaders in their field, with a global awareness across cultures and geographies. You'll explore the role of "educational leader" and what that means in both a traditional and non-traditional learning setting. By the end of your program, you'll emerge with a ready-to-implement curriculum, along with a professional portfolio that showcases your abilities as a leader in education.
The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program with a concentration in special education includes nine core education courses and three courses specific to special education. Upon completion of the online curriculum and instruction master's program, you will be prepared to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your Master in Curriculum and Instruction online degree at SNHU include:
The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree program does not lead to licensure. 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 online curriculum and instruction master's degree is perfect for educators in all settings, including elementary and secondary private schools, charter schools and homeschools, as well as various educational institutions. Excelling and growing in your career as an educational administrator requires a mix of classroom experience, focus, passion and drive - and, of course, education. A master's degree may increase your pay in many states and gives you a competitive advantage for advancing your career.
Demand for instructional coordinators will continue to grow as schools focus on the effectiveness of educators and curriculum evaluation and improvement. In fact, employment is expected to increase 7 percent through 2024.* Jobs for special education teachers are projected to increase 6 percent through 2024.**
The online curriculum and instruction master's degree with a special education concentration is designed for K-12 educators who are leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. The program includes 12 courses, three of which are focused on special education.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Instructional Coordinators, on the Internet (visited April 10, 2017).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Special Education Teachers, on the Internet (visited April 10, 2017).
Discover the frameworks and approaches used in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program. Explore what it means to be an educational leader in today's rapidly changing, multi-cultural education environments and investigate the many traditional and non-traditional facets of contemporary educational leadership. Examine competencies, characteristics, and practices that relate directly to student achievement and are grounded in current professional standards.
Students are introduced to the various types and methods of educational research. This exploration helps students understand the value of action research as educators who work in a variety of learning environments. Students develop the foundational knowledge and skills to read, interpret, and use data enabling the student to grow as an educator and improve the learning experiences of students they serve.
This course expands the concepts around being an education/teacher leader by focusing on the characteristics and best practices needed to define and increase success in various learning situations. Focusing on effective communication and collaboration, students employ multiple measures to resolve learning challenges in ways that empower themselves and others. Special attention is paid to the development of learning communities as a tool to improve both teaching and learning and to various legal, ethical, and professional issues found in today's educational environments.
This course provides an overview of the foundations of curriculum design theories and principles used in various learning environments. Developing a functional application of Understanding by Design (UBD), Differentiated Instruction (DI), and the standards of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), students are able to design and develop effective curriculum to match all students' learning needs.
Building on Curriculum Design 1, this course expands the implementation of Differentiated Instruction strategies for all students, especially as they apply to unique learners. Embedding technology in teaching and managing students, including assistive technological solutions, students use multiple data points to design curriculum that can be differentiated and aligned to student, state, and national goals and standards. Particular attention is paid to English Language Learners, students with disabilities and learning differences, and high performing students as part of a heterogeneous learning environment.
Building on Curriculum Design 1, this course focuses on assessment theories and practices as integral elements of curriculum and instruction design. Students take a deep dive into interpreting assessment data of all sorts and using that data to inform curricular choices. Students also investigate embedding assessment technologies into their curriculum as well as technologies that help them interpret student learning.
Building on Curriculum Design 1, this course investigates emerging theories of design and learning in today's increasingly complex learning environments. Rooted in the technology inherent in these theories, students apply strategies for providing curriculum and instruction in alternative virtual and augmented learning settings, in addition to applications in a traditional learning environment.
The seminar sets the stage for the capstone project in allowing students to develop and focus scholarship around the project as well as their philosophy statement regarding curriculum design. Drawing from the technology-focused, inclusion-centric themes explored throughout the program, students draft a mini research proposal, conduct preliminary research, and identify materials essential to completing the Capstone project.
In the capstone, students integrate their previous coursework and demonstrate the mastery of their knowledge and skills that they have developed throughout the program. Students synthesize prior learning in order to develop a complete curriculum in an area of interest that they will be able to utilize, along with their portfolio, to illustrate their educational philosophy that was honed as part of the pre-capstone and showcase their growth as an educational leader.
SPED - Complete 9 graduate credit hours of courses with the prefix SPED (Special Education)
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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