2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

The Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree program is designed for teachers and other educational professionals interested in improving their instruction, preparing for positions of leadership, or enhancing their abilities to support learning in K-12 schools or other educational settings. Our program offers graduate students two kinds of preparation: 1) knowledge related to content and 2) knowledge that helps them contribute to scholarship. The degree is constructed so that students choose a content specialization and either a research emphasis, or a teaching and learning emphasis. The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide a rigorous master’s degree program that prepares graduate students to work with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of educational settings.
  • Provide graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their teaching and research abilities.

There are two options for earning the Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree:

  • Traditional master’s degree (36 credit hours)
  • Accelerated master’s degree (36 credit hours)

The traditional Master of Education (MEd) is a 36 credit hour program that provides a solid knowledge base and background in the theoretical and practical aspects of the selected specializations. These specializations include:

Curriculum Studies Specialization

Curriculum Studies as a field is interdisciplinary and draws upon multiple perspectives including psychology, social foundations, cultural studies, critical theory, and education to study curriculum, individuals, societies, and interdisciplinary themes, while critically examining educational issues and policies. The field values democratic community building and an ethic of social action that honors diversity. Students come to curriculum studies from formal and informal learning contexts as well as various disciplines. Graduates of the program pursue varied professional positions in schools, non-profit agencies, and other community organizations. While curriculum studies students’ backgrounds and goals are diverse, they share an interest in understanding the intersections of individuals and sociopolitical contexts. Curriculum studies arises from a 1970s reconceptualization of curriculum. Concerned with understanding curriculum more so than developing and evaluating curricula, Curriculum Studies addresses questions such as:

  • What is knowledge and who decides? How does knowledge affect lives?
  • What does it mean to educate and to be/come educated?
  • What are the relationships between learning and teaching, curriculum theory and practice?
  • How is curriculum culturally, politically, and economically situated?
  • What are the roles of power and vulnerability in curriculum studies?

Language and Literacy Specialization

The Language and Literacy specialization focuses on research and pedagogy related to language and literacy, while preparing graduate students with an in-depth understanding of teaching reading and writing to children and adolescents. With this knowledge, students will be able to establish themselves as teacher-leaders in their respective schools and districts. Prerequisite: Certification to teach EC-6, or English Language Arts/Reading as respective grade levels. Note: This program does not meet the requirements for Reading, English Language Arts teacher certification.

Mathematics Education Specialization

By completing this specialization, students will enhance their mathematical knowledge for teaching and pedagogical content knowledge, understand the vertical alignment of the mathematics content areas in the pre-K through 12 curriculum, and link research and practice by understanding how to use and conduct research to enhance teacher practice. With this knowledge, students will be able to establish themselves as teacher-leaders in their respective schools and districts. Prerequisite: Certification to teach mathematics at respective grade level. If not certified, the applicant must demonstrate subject preparation for a highly qualified teacher as outlined by the Texas Education Association under the No Child Left Behind Act:

  • 24 hours or more of mathematics coursework at the undergraduate level (for middle/secondary candidates) or
  • Undergraduate mathematics coursework, professional development in mathematics and/or teaching experience (for elementary candidates).

Note: This program does not meet the requirements for mathematics teacher certification.

Science Education Specialization

Science Education draws upon science, psychology, and education as a foundation for the teaching about and learning of science. The science education reform documents require students to have knowledge of practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas of science and an in-depth understanding of teaching science to all children. In addition, students earning this degree will have an understanding of and experience in original research. There is a minimum requirement of 15 hours of course work in this area of specialization.

Required Courses for the Traditional Master’s Option

Students complete 15 hours of course work within their specialization selected from:

Curriculum Studies

EDUC 70813Curriculum Studies Seminar

3

EDUC 60833Curriculum History in the United States

3

EDUC 60843Contemporary Curriculum Theory

3

EDUC 70823Inquiry Seminar

3

EDUC 70813 6 hours may be repeated with new topic.

Language and Literacy

EDUC 60053Advanced Study of Literacy Instruction

3

EDUC 60083Seminar in Language and Literacy

3

EDUC 60413Foundations of Literacy

3

EDUC 60613Analysis of Literacy Progress

3

EDXX XXXX3Elective (3 hours)

Mathematics Education

EDMT 50123Teaching Geometry and Measurement

3

EDMT 50133Teaching Data Analysis and Probability

3

EDMT 60103Teaching Number and Operations

3

EDMT 60113Teaching Algebraic Thinking

3

EDMT 60143Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Technology

3

or

EDMT 60153Fostering Discourse in the Mathematics Classroom

3

EDMT 60513Practicum in Mathematics Education

3

EDMT 60513: required for Accelerated Master’s Option

Science Education

EDSC 60023Education for Sustainability

3

EDSC 60033Academic Language Development in Science

3

EDSC 60333Theory and Pedagogy of Science Instruction

3

EDMS/SE 50553Methods for Teaching Middle School/Secondary Science

EDXX XXXX3Elective (3 hours)

Core Requirements (9 hours minimum required for all students)

EDUC 60203Curriculum and Instruction

3

or

EDLE 60043Instructional Leadership A: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

3

 

EDUC 70953Research in Education

3

Additional Research (3 hours)

EDUC 60043Action Research

3

or

EDUC 70963Qualitative Inquiry

3

or

EDUC 70983Introduction to Quantitative Research

3

In addition to the content specialization and core requirements, students select either a Research or Teaching and Learning Emphasis.

Research Emphasis (6 Thesis hours are required for Research Emphasis. An additional 6 hours of course work are required from the list of courses below, with adviser guidance)

EDUC 60043Action Research

3

EDUC 60810Seminar in Educational Research

1.00-3.00

EDUC 60823Educational Program Evaluation

3

EDUC 70823Inquiry Seminar

3

EDUC 70923Introduction to Applied Qualitative Methods

3

EDUC 70960Apprenticeship in Research

1.00-3.00

EDUC 70963Qualitative Inquiry

3

EDUC 70973Advanced Qualitative Inquiry

3

EDUC 70983Introduction to Quantitative Research

3

EDUC 70980Thesis

1.00-20.00

EDUC 70990Thesis

1.00-3.00

EDUC 60810: 1-3 hours

EDUC 70960: 1-3 hours, may be repeated

EDUC 70980: 3 hours required

EDUC 70990: 3 hours required

Teaching and Learning Emphasis (All students choosing the Teaching and Learning emphasis select 12 hours from the list of courses below, with adviser guidance)

EDEC 60133Play and Creativity

3

EDEC 60223The Young Child

3

EDLE 60043Instructional Leadership A: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

3

EDLE 60053Instructional Leadership B: Supervision

3

EDSE 50173Development of Written Communication

3

EDSP 50273Technology for Diverse Learners

3

EDUC 50003Diversity in American Education

3

EDUC 50503Foundations of Language Acquisition

3

EDUC 50513Curriculum and Instruction in the Second Language Learning Classroom

3

EDUC 60213Psychology of Thinking and Learning

3

EDUC 60253Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

3

EDUC 60313Educational Assessment

3

EDUC 60833Curriculum History in the United States

3

EDUC 60843Contemporary Curriculum Theory

3

EDUC 70903Treatise

3

EDUC 70903: required for Traditional Master's Degree Option

Accelerated Master’s Option

The Accelerated Option is for high achieving undergraduate students enrolled in TCU’s College of Education. This option is available only to TCU undergraduates obtaining a baccalaureate degree and teacher certification in early childhood (EC-6), middle school or secondary education. The Accelerated Option allows outstanding students to complete a bachelor’s degree with the Master of Education (MEd) in five years. Students are eligible to apply for admission to the graduate program during the semester they complete 90 hours of undergraduate coursework. To be considered for admission to the Accelerated Option, students must submit a graduate program application packet. Only candidates demonstrating superior undergraduate academic performance and having strong recommendations are considered for admission.

Students intending to pursue an Accelerated Option should make their plans known as early as possible to their faculty adviser in the College of Education to ensure proper advising. If admitted to the Accelerated Program, students complete up to 12 semester hours of the MEd program during the fourth year of undergraduate study. Candidates must work with their undergraduate advisers to determine how the courses they take will apply to the undergraduate degree. During their senior year, they complete the following classes.

EC-6 Undergraduate Major

EDSP 55663Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom

EDSP 55123Learner-Centered Teaching: Families

EDUC 55293Curriculum Workshop

EDUC 55313Assessment

Middle/Secondary Undergraduate Major

EDUC 55313Assessment

EDSP/EDMS/EDSE 55663Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom

EDUC 55980Internship

At the end of the fourth year, assuming all other graduation requirements are met, the student earns the baccalaureate degree. During the fifth year, including summer, all students (EC-6 and Middle/Secondary) complete the remaining semester hours toward the MEd degree as listed below.

Remaining Core Requirements

EDSP 50013Literacy Methods in Special Education

3

EDSP 50273Technology for Diverse Learners

3

EDSP 60233Understanding Exceptional Children and Youth At-Risk

3

EDSP 60313Critical Issues in Special Education

3

EDSP 60433Planning and Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms

3

Research Requirements
EDSP 70003Single Subject Research Design

3

EDSP 70903Treatise in Special Education

EDSP 70953Research in Education