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Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $9,750

Overview


Our versatile MSEd. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Engagement, Learning and Achievement degree is 100% online and designed for educators who want to increase their curriculum development skills and advance their careers in or outside of the classroom. Learn the best instructional strategies for student success with courses emphasizing technology, change management and student engagement.

At Northwest Missouri State University online, you will learn from the same distinguished faculty members that teach on campus. Through this MSEd. program, you will acquire the skills and knowledge that are essential to the developing trends and issues in curriculum and instruction.

This 30-hour online program is flexible, with multiple start dates and accelerated coursework so you can achieve your goal while continuing to work.

In as few as 12 months, you can be prepared to take advantage of new career opportunities such as instructional coordinator, education specialist, curriculum and assessment director or corporate trainer.

Upon completion of this 100% online MSEd. in Curriculum & Instruction program, you will demonstrate:

  • The use of critical thinking skills to recognize and implement improvement practices related to curriculum and instruction
  • The ability to manage information and analyze data to improve practices related to curriculum and instruction
  • The ability to Integrate brain science research into improvement of practices related to curriculum and instruction
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion through improvement of practices related to curriculum and instruction

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction Online, students must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 15 credit hours of core requirements and 15 credit hours of subject field requirements. All courses in this program are 7 weeks in length.

To see the full list of our Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction online degree program must hold a baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Upon admission to the program, applicants are required to submit a writing assessment.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Students in the Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction online degree program can pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $50 application fee, but all other fees are included in the total cost of tuition. Costs are the same for students in Missouri or from outside the state.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction online degree program is convenient and accessible. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on their desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction Online, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction, students must complete the following courses (30 credit hours):

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will focus on the development of skills related to finding, evaluating, analyzing, prioritizing and integrating data sources for the improvement of student learning. Students will retrieve data, develop an action plan for improvement, and create a project demonstrating proficiency in data literacy. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce the importance of school vision and mission statements as students investigate the process to developing these statements based on the district's improvement plan. Students will conduct an audit of the school's culture and develop an improvement plan that addresses one identified need, based on student learning. The course is intended to help students work with core values, systems of support, and the school improvement process to bring about meaningful change that impacts the school's culture and student success. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will include an analysis of literature on brain research, classroom culture, student engagement and student performance. With the increasing body of brain research that has occurred over the past decades, educators now have a scientific basis for the implementation of a classroom culture and classroom environments that increase the functioning of the brain. Engaging students in their learning is a scientifically-based concept that leads to sustained student motivation and achievement and provides for positive classroom culture. The course will provide curriculum leaders with the tools necessary to increase student engagement, motivation and promote a positive classroom culture.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students who complete this course understand and demonstrate the capability to promote the success and well-being of each student by applying the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary for equitable protocols for student support, equitable access in a least restrictive environment, responsive practices for culturally responsive teaching and leadership, and a supportive school culture that ensures each student and family is treated fairly. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will begin with a review of current research on the role of quality feedback in the improvement of achievement and performance. Students will analyze student work and practice providing descriptive feedback. The role of performance feedback in the improvement of instructional practice will be reviewed and students will practice providing feedback through peer review. Finally, students will review literature on the development of effective goal setting resulting in the creation of goals that align with the feedback provided on student work and peer review.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the leadership qualities necessary to create a digital culture in schools. Instructional leaders must focus on ways to connect and collaborate to achieve the hallmarks of 21st century learning. Students will explore a framework for digital leadership which will promote a culture that harnesses the power of technology within the school environment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will investigate organizational frameworks designed to best facilitate change and apply these structures to today's schools. Students will understand the dynamics of change and how to optimize the potential to sustain change that has a positive impact on student success.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with the tools necessary to stay current on trends and issues in curriculum, instruction and assessment. Special topics in curricular design, instructional strategies, assessment and professional development will be explored. Professional ethics as it relates to the role of the curriculum leader will be analyzed and applied.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to learn how classroom- or school-level action research can contribute to analysis of student learning and teacher instruction that best benefits students. During this course, candidates can expect to complete an action research project that will contribute to and inform their work as a leader in curriculum and instruction in their setting. Candidates will identify a classroom/school problem or question. Then, through a process of planning, acting, observing and reflecting, an action research topic will be identified, the research setting and participants will be described, a literature review will be conducted, action research questions identified, and a strategy will be implemented. The academic inquiry through action research will be completed during the candidate's capstone.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This capstone course is designed to complete the action research project, reflect on the impact and changes that result, and inform others about what has been learned. As a part of this course, students will complete the written assessment of competency mastery.

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Admissions


The School of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction online program. Find out the requirements, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Non-Missouri students should determine whether this program fits the certification requirements for their state.

MSEd. in Curriculum & Instruction Online Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or 2.50 to 2.74 GPA with a 3.0 GPA on six hours of required graduate program coursework
  • Documentation of one of the following:
    • 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE
    • Successful completion of master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 2.75 GPA
    • National Board Certification
    • Successful completion of nationally normed educational performance assessment (MoPTA, EdTPA, etc.)
    • Department Analytical writing assessment that is evaluated using a writing scoring guide based on the modified CUNY scales with a score of 4.0 or higher
    • Valid teaching certificate or two years prior teaching with a valid teaching certificate

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Amber Duis, Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

Have a question? Call us at 844-890-9304.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction Online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. The tuition cost includes all fees.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-credit hour Course Per Program
MSEd. in Education in Curriculum & Instruction $325 $975 $9,750
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Calendar


Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 2 October 23, 2017 October 9, 2017 October 13, 2017 October 19, 2017 December 15, 2017
Spring 1 January 8, 2018 December 18, 2017 December 21, 2017 January 4, 2018 February 23, 2018
Spring 2 March 5, 2018 February 19, 2018 February 23, 2018 March 1, 2018 April 27, 2018
Summer 1 May 7, 2018 April 23, 2018 April 27, 2018 May 3, 2018 June 22, 2018
Summer 2 July 2, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 22, 2018 June 28, 2018 August 17, 2018
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