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College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-6587

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Department of Curriculum & Instruction
College of Education
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-6587

Anne Kern and students

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

Learning Outcomes:
  • Assessment and Evaluation
    Curriculum and Instruction Masters degree graduates analyze and understand the various roles of multiple types of assessments for monitoring, evaluating and responding to student learning; they understand, develop, use and critique formal, informal, and performance assessment techniques, including local, state, and national assessment systems to improve student learning.
  • Curriculum
    Curriculum and Instruction Masters degree graduates understand that curriculum should be relevant, engaging, challenging, and integrative for the learner. They know how to select, adapt and reflect on theories and engage in reflective practices in light of curriculum standards, theories, models and learners.
  • Diversity
    Curriculum and Instruction  Masters degree graduates understand human diversity as a valued component of educational systems; understand how to appropriately engage with diverse population; effectively structure learning experiences with diverse population; and effectively engage with diverse populations of students, parents, and colleagues
  • Instruction
    Curriculum and Instruction degree graduates understand the principles of instruction know a wide variety of teaching strategies and learning theories and incorporate relevant technologies while teaching core concepts, skills of inquiry, problem posing/solving, collaboration, and communication to facilitate student learning.
  • Philosophy and Educational Organizations
    Curriculum and Instruction Masters degree graduates have a comprehensive understanding of the philosophical, historical, social, political and cultural understanding of schools and society.
  • Research
    Curriculum and Instruction Masters degree graduates, as critical consumers of educational research, appreciate the role of educational research for informing practice. M.Ed. graduates develop the skills to conduct classroom research. M.S. graduates, as producers of educational research, collect and analyze data, and formally share their research findings.
  • Subject Knowledge

    Curriculum and Instruction Masters degree students demonstrate their knowledge of the content that they teach through the admissions requirements and/or through content coursework that is included in the degree.

This program provides advanced professional and foundational courses that support graduate study in the College of Education. Candidates must fulfill the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Program's non-thesis requirements
    • To complete the M.Ed., a non-thesis degree program, the student must fulfill the program’s non-thesis requirement (NTR).

    • Of the minimum 30 credits required, at least 18 must be in courses at the 500 level; the remainder may include 400 level courses in the major and 300 or 400 level courses in supporting areas.

    • Applicants for the M.Ed. degree are expected to meet the requirements for the teaching certificate and one year of teaching experience.

    • A candidate for an advanced degree must have a cumulative GPA, based on his or her graduate record, of at least 3.00 (A = 4.00).

    • The M.Ed. program requires a minimum of 30 credits. Additional work may be stipulated in individual cases to meet particular objectives or need for additional background.

    • Courses used toward an undergraduate degree, professional development courses, or courses on a professional development transcript are not available to be used toward a graduate degree.

    • No more than three credits of workshop or workshop equivalent courses may be used toward the graduate degree.

    • Up to five credits of course number 599 are allowed to count towards a non-thesis master's degree.

    • A graduate student in a non-thesis program must be registered at the UI during the semester in which the non-thesis requirements are completed.

    • This project is completed after the completion of most or all of the degree requirements. The department establishes format and time frame, and reports the results of the non-thesis requirement to the Graduate College using the Non-Thesis Report form.

Transfer Courses:
The combined total of transfer credits, correspondence credits, non-degree credits, and approved credits more than 8 years at the time the degree is awarded will not exceed 12 credits for master's programs requiring 36 or fewer credits.

Study Plans:
Students prepare with initial advisor or major professor a master's degree study plan outlining all course work to be completed to fulfill the requirements for the degree.  The study plan is approved by the student's major professor, departmental administrator, and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Any subsequent changes in the study plan must be submitted for approval to the Graduate College. Initial Study Plan beginning with Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses. Most core courses are offered in an online format to provide the maximum flexibility for professionals.
Subject: Course No.    Course Title:  Credits
EDCI   570 Intro to Research in C&I  3
EDCI  511           Planning and Administering the Curriculum     3 
EDCI  513 History of Educational Thought   3
EDCI  524 Models of Teaching  3
EDCI   572 Measurement and Evaluation  3
EDCI   599 Non-Thesis Project  3