Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed to offer candidates who already hold teacher certification an opportunity to address one or more advanced preparation objectives including the requirements of an add-on certification option, advanced preparation in their existing certification area, coursework addressing an advanced skill set, or additional training in one or more content areas.
The program will transition to a fully asynchronous format beginning in January 2024.
The minimum requirement in the M.Ed. program is 36 credit hours that include 15 credit hours of required coursework. In addition to these 15 credit hours of required courses, M.Ed. students select 21 credit hours of elective courses in areas of interest that can be used to fulfill the state requirements for add-on certificates. No more than 9 credit hours can be earned in 5000-level courses. Any M.Ed. candidate receiving more than six hours of graduate coursework with a grade of C or lower will be dropped from the program.
Each candidate is required to complete a minimum of 40 clock hours of field work associated with assignments in courses within the program of study. Candidates must develop an electronic portfolio aligned with professional standards to demonstrate their effectiveness as a teacher. Each candidate must also successfully complete the Mid-Program Assessment that includes a Research Paper and Oral Examination on a Contemporary Issue that demonstrates competency in theory-practice-research interaction. In addition, each candidate will complete a Final/Capstone Assessment consisting of an Action Research Project and Oral Examination. Two failures of the examination necessitate dismissal from the master's program.
Required Courses for all M.Ed. Candidates (15 credit hours)
EDCI 5620 - Curriculum and Instruction for Multicultural Education
EDSP 6964 – Fundamentals of Technology SUM
EDSP 6981 – Contemporary Issues in General & Special Education SPR
EDFR 6700 Educational Research FALL/SPR
EDSP 6060 Action Research in Education (Taken after completion of 27 credit hours.) FALL
In addition to these five required courses, M.Ed. students select 21 hours of elective courses that can be used to fulfill the state requirements for add-on certificates. Students should consult their advisor about their interests and potential add-on certificates. Currently, the program offers coursework that can be used to fulfill the requirements for the following add-on certifications:
- Teacher Leader Add-on Certification
- English as a Second Language Add-on Certification
- Reading Specialist Add-on Certification
The prospective master's student must meet the admission requirements established by the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must hold a standard teaching certificate.If a student has an out-of-state certificate, he/she must register at www.teachlouisiana.net or send an electronic copy via e-mail (email@example.com) to the Graduate Studies Coordinator in the School of Education)
Candidate Assessment Information
In addition to course grades as reflected through the graduate student’s GPA, the Master of Education (M. Ed.) Program contains two required assessment points:
1. Mid-Program Assessment – EDSP 6981 Research Paper and Oral Examination on a Contemporary Issue that demonstrates competency in theory-practice-research interaction. This assessment is taken after 12-18 credit hours.
2. Final/Capstone Assessment – EDSP 6060 Action Research Project and Oral Examination.
This assessment and course is taken after 27-33 credit hours.