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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Core Curriculum Courses: 32 quarter hours (8 courses) required, grade of C or better required

Core curriculum classes are offered every other year (except CS 492 and CS 493, which also serve other programs). CS Students should prioritize CS classes when registering each quarter, should plan classes carefully, and should periodically review their course plan and degree progress report with their academic advisor in order to avoid delays in degree completion. 

Course Title Quarter Hours
CS 470
TEACHERS AS LEADERS
CS 472
ETHICS, CURRICULUM AND SOCIAL CHANGE
CS 473
ASSESSMENT
CS 481
THE STUDY OF TEACHERS AND TEACHING
CS 482
THE HISTORY OF CURRICULUM PRACTICE
CS 485
CURRICULUM/PROGRAM EVALUATION
CS 488
CURRICULUM DESIGN
CS 489
CREATIVITY AND CRITICAL THINKING - VYGOTSKY, BAKHTIN, MAKIGUCHI, IKEDA
CS 492
CREATING AND SUSTAINING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES (Offered every year)
CS 493
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT IN K-12 SCHOOLS (Offered every year, often online, restricted to principal prep program students but can be taken by non-principal prep students with instructor and CS program director approval)
CS 495
DESIGN THINKING IN EDUCATION
CS 591
CURRICULUM THEORIZING: MULTIPLE LENSES

Electives: 8 quarter hours (2 courses) required, grade of C or better required

  • 2 Master’s-level courses, chosen in consultation with CS faculty advisor

Social and Cultural Studies Courses: 8 quarter hours (2 courses) required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following:4
SCG 610
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS (preferred)
SCG 410
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH: PURPOSES, ISSUES, AND METHODOLOGIES 1
Select one of the following:4
SCG 604
IDENTITY: CONSTRUCTIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS SEMINAR (preferred) 2
or SCG 406
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING:SECONDARY
SCG 608
IDEOLOGY, POWER AND POLITICS SEMINAR (preferred) 3
or SCG 408
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
SCG 603
CULTURE AND EDUCATION SEMINAR (preferred) 4
or SCG 409
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
SCG 611
PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION, CULTURE AND ETHICS SEMINAR 5
or SCG 411
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

Choose one: Thesis (MA) or Capstone (MEd)

Master of Arts (MA) Degree Requirements: 4 quarter hours, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
CS 589THESIS RESEARCH IN CURRICULUM STUDIES4

The Master’s Thesis is completed in conjunction with faculty advisement. Preparation for the writing of the Thesis should begin well in advance of the completion of coursework. Oral examination on Thesis required. Consult the MA Thesis Handbook for additional information.

Master of Education (MEd) Degree Requirements: 4 quarter hours, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
CS 608CAPSTONE IN CURRICULUM STUDIES4

This class supports students as they develop a master’s paper or site-based practicum project. The master’s paper or practicum project offer students an opportunity to demonstrate, in an educational setting, the curricular and leadership skills developed during the master’s program.

Academic Standards

Students must maintain a 3.0 average or higher to continue in the program. Any grade below a C will not count for credit toward completion of the program.

Curriculum Studies with Teacher Leader Endorsement

Course Requirements (13 courses, 52 qh)

Core Teacher Leader Core Courses: 40 quarter hours (10 courses) required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
A&S 491EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP OF SCHOOLS4
A&S 493DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING4
A&S 496STAKEHOLDER RELATIONSHIPS4
A&S 498INSTRUCTIONAL SUPERVISION AND SUPPORT4
A&S 499PLANNING FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT4
CS 470TEACHERS AS LEADERS4
CS 473ASSESSMENT4
CS 482THE HISTORY OF CURRICULUM PRACTICE4
CS 488CURRICULUM DESIGN4
BBE 599LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATING LINGUISTICALLY DIVERSE LEARNERS4

Sub-Specialization (2 courses)

Elective Course Sequence: 8 quarter hours, choose 2 courses beyond the core coursework, students will be allowed to elect a sub-specialization from among the following graduate program areas:

Administrative Concentration Option

Course Title Quarter Hours
A&S 495SCHOOL LAW4
A&S 496STAKEHOLDER RELATIONSHIPS4

Curriculum Studies Concentration Option1

Course Title Quarter Hours
CS 481THE STUDY OF TEACHERS AND TEACHING4
CS 591CURRICULUM THEORIZING: MULTIPLE LENSES4

Bilingual Bicultural Concentration Option

Course Title Quarter Hours
BBE 404LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND CULTURE4
BBE 526THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ESL AND WLE4

Foundations Concentration (SCG) Option

  • Two advanced standing courses to be determined by the program faculty.

Capstone Course Requirement (1 course)

Students are required to take the 4qh Capstone Course below. This site-based practicum combined with classroom based instruction support students as they demonstrate and put into practice their leadership skills in an educational setting.

Course Title Quarter Hours
CS 608CAPSTONE IN CURRICULUM STUDIES4

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