Curriculum and Instruction

Degree: Master of Arts in Education
Program: Curriculum and Instruction
Concentration: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Reading/Special Education, English as a Second Language, Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, STEM or Transitional Certification Concentration
Degree Level: Graduate
Credit Hours: 36 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online


Prerequisites: Bachelor’s Degree with a Teaching Certificate
Length of Program: The usual time to complete these hours is 2 ½ to 3 years. Credits received from previous coursework will apply toward the degree for up to 10 years.
How to apply: Application Process

The Curriculum & Instruction advances the professional growth of educators, whether the goal is to expand work within a given discipline, develop a new endorsement area, or address particular instructional concerns.

Early Childhood Education

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800 Educational Research
TE 803 Philosophy of Education
TE 804 Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology or TE 886P Technology Tools for Teachers

Concentration: Early Childhood Education (24 hours)
TE 851 Principles of Early Childhood Education
TE 852 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education
TE 853A Improvement of Instruction in Early Childhood Education
TE 899P Special Topics Approved Topic: Early Communication, Language and Literacy
TE 816G Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum
Electives (9 hours)
TE 809P Curriculum Implementation
TE 810 Design and Development of Instruction
TE 815P The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction
TE 845 Contemporary Theory & Practice in Reading
TE 853B Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics
TE 853C Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Language Arts
TE 877 Developing Web-based Educational Environments
TE 896 Thesis (6 hours)
TESE 821P Nature and Needs of Exceptionalities
TESE 822P The Psychology and Education of Gifted and Talented Learners
TESE 837P Medical Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities
ART 807P Art Methods for Young Children
ENG 847/847P Children's Literature
PE 871 Physical Education for Students with Disabilities
Other Elective Hours

Elementary Education

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800 Educational Research
TE 803 Philosophy of Education
TE 804 Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology or TE 886P Technology Tools for Teachers

Concentration: Elementary Education (24 hours)
TE 845 Contemporary Theories and Practice in Reading
TE 853C Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Language Arts
TE 816G Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum
TE 899P Improvement of Mathematics –Primary Grades or TE 853B Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics

Electives (12 hours)

TE 810 Design and Development of Instruction
TE 815P The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction
TE 826 Content Methods and Strategies in ESL
TE 829 Implementing Universal Design for Learning in School Settings
TE 846 Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Difficulty
TE 848 Assessment and Remediation in Elementary School Mathematics
TE 850 Elementary School Curriculum
TE 853D Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Science
TE 853E Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Social Studies
TE 854 Reading in the Content Area
TESE 863 Research-based Instructional Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities
TE 876 Integration of Curriculum, Technology, and Media Resources
TE 899P Advanced Instruction
TESE 899P Differentiated Instruction for Inclusive Settings TE 896 Thesis (6 hours)
Other Elective Hours

Reading/Special Education

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800 Educational Research
TE 803 Philosophy of Education
TE 804 Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology or TE 886P Technology Tools for Teachers

Concentration: Reading/Special Education (24 hours)
TE 845 Contemporary Theories and Practice in Reading
TE 846 Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Difficulty
TESE 899P Differentiated Instruction for Inclusive Settings
TE 881 Characteristics and Identification of Behavior and Learning Disabilities
TESE 863 Research-based Instructional Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities
TE 816B Practicum – Reading

Take 6 Credit Hours
TE 854: Reading in the Content Area
TE 896: Thesis (6 hours)
TESE 840 Bilingual Special Education

English as a Second Language

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)
TE 800 Educational Research
TE 803 Philosophy of Education
TE 804 Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology or TE 886P - Technology Tools for Teachers

English as a Second Language Concentration* (24 hours)
TE 825 - English Language Learners (ELL): Culture, Civil Rights, and Advocacy
TE 826 - Content Methods & Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language
TE 853A - Improvement of Instruction in Early Childhood Instruction
FORL 800 - Curriculum Development & Research
FORL 810 - Second Language Acquisition
FORL 870P - TESOL
ENG 803 -Descriptive Linguistics
TE 816A - Practicum: Education (English as a Second Language)

*The ESL Concentration Area will qualify an individual for adding an ESL K-12 endorsement to the Nebraska Teaching Certificate. Because of the volume of coursework required, there is NOT a thesis option.

Secondary Education

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800 Educational Research
TE 803 Philosophy of Education
TE 804 Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology or TE 886P Technology Tools for Teachers

Concentration: Secondary Education (24 hours)
TE 816G Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum
Take 3-9 hours from:
TE 810 Design and Development of Instruction
TE 815P The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction
TE 826 Content Methods and Strategies in ESL
TE 829 Implementing Universal Design for Learning in School Settings
TE 854 Reading in the Content Area
TE 876 Integration of Curriculum, Technology, and Media Resources
TE 896 Thesis (6 hours)
TESE 863 Research-based Instructional Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities

Take 12-18 additional hours from a content area (Business, History, English, Math, Science, etc.)

Instructional Effectiveness

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800 Educational Research
TE 803 Philosophy of Education
TE 804 Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology or TE 886P Technology Tools for Teachers

Concentration: Instructional Effectiveness (24 hours)
TE 810 Design and Development of Instruction
TE 815P The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction
TE 829 Implementing Universal Design for Learning in School Settings
TE 876 Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources
TE 899P Special Topics: Approved Topic: Advanced Instruction
TE 816G Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum
Take 6 hours from:
TE 809P Curriculum Implementation
TE 826 Content of Methods and Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language
TE 895 Seminar in Student Teaching Supervision
TE 896 Thesis (6 hours)
TE 899P Special Topics: Approved Topics: Leadership for the Classroom Teacher
TESE 822P The Psychology and Education of Gifted and Talented Learners
TESE 863 Research Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities

STEM

Overview of the STEM Program Concentration:

“STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that removes traditional barriers separating the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and integrates them into-real world, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences for students” (Vasquez, Sneider, & Comer, 2013).

With the current emphasis on STEM education, there is a need for K-8 educators who are STEM literate and capable of developing and facilitating STEM-based learning in the classroom. The Curriculum and Instruction STEM Concentration is designed to address this goal. Collectively, courses provide participants with ongoing opportunities to develop their understanding of and their ability to plan and implement STEM instruction in the K-8 classroom.

COURSE OUTLINE


Starting Fall 2017

Department Core Courses (12 hours)
TE 800 Educational Research
TE 803 Philosophy of Education
TE 804 Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology or TE 886P Technology Tools for Teachers

Concentration: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) (24 hours)
TE 853D Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Science
TE 848 Assessment and Remediation in Elementary School Mathematics
TE 828 Infusing STEM into K-8 Classrooms
TE 816G Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum

Take 3 hours from:

TE 820 Teacher Leadership
TE 878 Leadership in Instructional Technology

Take 3 hours from:
TE 853F Improvement of Instruction in Mathematics for Grades K-3
TE 853G Improvement of Mathematics Instruction for Grades 4-8

Take 6 hours from:
TE 815P The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction
TE 853A Improvement of Instruction in Early Childhood Education
TE 866 Motivating the 21st Century Learner
TE 876 Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources
TE 879 Seminar in Instructional Technology
TESE 826 Program Design for Gifted/Talented Education

Transitional Certification

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)
TE 800 Educational Research
TE 803 Philosophy of Education
TE 804 Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education
TE 805P Overview of Assistive Technology or TE 886P Technology Tools for Teachers

Concentration: Transitional Certification (24 hours)
TE 831P Professional Skill and Knowledge I (6 hours)
TE 832 Professional Skills and Knowledge II (6 hours)
TE 833 Context of Education (6 hours)
Take 6 hours from
TE 834P Transitional Student Teaching I (3 hours)
TE 835P Transitional Student Teaching II (3 hours)
OR
TE 836P Post-Baccalaureate Student Teaching (6 hours)