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: Education 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 857: Early Communication, Language and Literacy
TE 816G: Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum
Select 9 credit hours of the following:
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 853C: Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Language Arts
TE 853F: Improvement of Instruction in Mathematics for Grades PK-3
TE 877: Developing Web-Based Educational Environments
TE 896: Thesis (6 hours)
TESE 821P: Nature and Needs of Exceptionalities
TESE 822P: Psychology & Education of Gifted & 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: Education 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 Theory & Practice in Reading
TE 853C: Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Language Arts
TE 816G: Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum
TE 853F: Improvement of Instruction in Mathematics for Grades PK-3 or TE 853G: Improvement of Mathematics Instruction for Grades 4-8 or TE 848: Formative Assessment and Successful Acad Interventions for Elem School Math
Select 12 credit hours of the following:

TE 810: Design and Development of Instruction
TE 815P: The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction
TE 826: Content Methods & Strategies for Teaching English As A Second Language
TE 828: Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classroom
TE 829: Implementing Universal Design for Learning in School Settings
TE 846: Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Difficulties
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 Areas
TE 876: Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources
TE 896: Thesis (6 hours)
TE 899P: Special Topics (Approved topic: Advanced Instruction)
TESE 863: Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
TESE 885: Inclusion and Differentiation Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom
Other Elective Hours

English as a Second Language

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)
TE 800: Education 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 Education
FORL 800: Curriculum Development & Research
FORL 810: Second Language Acquisition
FORL 870P: TESOL
ENG 803: Descriptive Linguistics
TE 816A: Practicum: Education

*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.

Instructional Effectiveness

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800: Education 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
Select 6 credit hours of the following:
TE 809P: Curriculum Implementation
TE 820: Teacher Leadership
TE 826: Content Methods & Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language
TE 895: Seminar in Student Teaching Supervision
TE 896: Thesis (6 hours)
TESE 822P: Psychology & Education of Gifted & Talented Learners
TESE 863: Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Montessori Early Childhood

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800: Education 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: Montessori – Early Childhood (24 hours)
TEMO 803P: Philosophy/Child Development
TEMO 811P: Practical Life
TEMO 812P: Math and Sensorial
TEMO 813P: Language and Grammar
TEMO 831: Core Applications I
TEMO 832: Core Application II
TEMO 833:  Practicum: Early Childhood
One elective of choice

Montessori Elementary I

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800: Education 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: Montessori – Elementary I (24 hours)
TEMO 803P: Philosophy/Child Development
TEMO 806P: Physical Science and Biology
TEMO 807P: History/Geography
TEMO 809P: Language and Grammar
TEMO 810P: Math and Geometry
TEMO 841: Core Applications I
TEMO 842: Core Applications II
TEMO 843: Practicum: Elementary I

Reading/Special Education

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800: Education 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 Theory & Practice in Reading
TE 846: Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Difficulties
TE 854: Reading in the Content Areas
TE 816B: Practicum: Reading
TESE 863: Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
Select 9 credit hours of the following:
TESE 840: Bilingual Special Education
TESE 881: Characteristics and Identification of Behavior and Learning Disabilities
TESE 882: Applied Behavior Analysis
TESE 883: Intervention Strategies for Individuals with Behavioral & Emotional Disabilities
TESE 885: Inclusion and Differentiation Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom
TESE 886: Co-Teaching & Collaborative Services or TESE 830: Consult & Collaboration with Families & Agencies Serv Individuals with Disabilities
TE 853C: Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Language Arts

School Librarian

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800: Education 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: School Librarian (24 hours)
TE 868: Copyright, Fair Use, and Ethics
TE 869: Introduction to School Library Program
TE 870: Developing Web-Based Portfolios
TE 871: Collection Development and Management
TE 872: Organization of School Library and Technology Resources
TE 873: Reference Services and Resources
TE 875: Administration of the School Library
TE 893: Field Experiences in School Library

Secondary Education

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)

TE 800: Education 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
Select 3-9 credit hours of the following:
TE 810: Design and Development of Instruction
TE 815P: The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction
TE 826: Content Methods & Strategies for Teaching English As A Second Language
TE 829: Implementing Universal Design for Learning in School Settings
TE 854: Reading in the Content Areas
TE 876: Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources
TE 896: Thesis (6 hours)
TESE 863: Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities
Select 12-18 additional credit hours from a Content Area (Business, History, English, Math, Science, etc.)
TBD and approved by academic advisor

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


Department Core Courses (12 hours)
TE 800: Education 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 Math) (24 hours)
TE 816G: Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum
TE 828: Infusing STEM in the K-8 Classrooms
TE 848: Formative Assessment & Successful Acad Interventions for Elem School Math
TE 853D: Improvement of Instruction in Elementary School Science
Take 3 hours from the following:

TE 820: Teacher Leadership
TE 878: Leadership in Instructional Technology
Take 3 hours from the following:
TE 853F: Improvement of Instruction in Mathematics for Grades PK-3
TE 853G: Improvement of Mathematics Instruction for Grades 4-8
Take 6 hours from the following:
TE 815P: The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction
TE 829: Implementing Universal Design for Learning in School Settings
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 High Ability Education

Transitional Certification

COURSE OUTLINE

Department Core Courses (12 hours)
TE 800: Education 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 & Knowledge I (6 hours)
TE 832: Professional Skills & Knowledge II (6 hours)
TE 833: Context of Education (6 hours)
Select one of the following options:
For Holders of Transitional Permits
TE 834P: Transitional Student Teaching I (3 hours) & TE 835P: Transitional Student Teaching II (3 hours)
For Students who do not hold a Transitional Permit
TE 836P: Post-Baccalaureate Student Teaching (6 hours)