Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching
Program Overview The Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching is a 30-unit graduate program aimed at improving candidates’ instructional practices. It focuses on the design, delivery and assessment of programs, units and lessons, and is appropriate for K-12 teachers and educators and trainers in public and private sectors. Courses utilize current research on instructional best practices to frame discussions on teaching and learning. Taking a backward design approach, coursework examining instructional planning emphasizes identification of learning objectives worthy of enduring understanding, the use of essential questions, and the use of assessments designed to evaluate learners’ knowledge and misconceptions. The program teaches candidates to systematically examine both their own practices and cutting edge national and international exemplars. A highlight of the program is its emphasis on the effective use of emerging technologies. Included is critical examination of a variety of different technology applications in educational and training settings. An option to obtain a 9-unit specialist certificate in Character Development is available.
Distinguishing Features • Candidates may apply concurrently to a teacher credential program and count successfully completed credential units to meet the elective requirement for the master’s degree. • Appropriate for both K-12 teachers, and educators and trainers working in industry, government and nonprofit organizations. • Aimed at improvement of all aspects of instruction: design, delivery and assessment. • Emphasis given to effective use of emerging educational technologies. • Option for 9-unit Graduate Specialist Certificate in Character Development.
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) faculty enrich all programs
While applicants are evaluated holistically, the successful
and course offerings with the values, concepts and themes that will help students
candidate for the program will demonstrate his or her
become ethical, civic-minded and committed leaders in their chosen fields. The
candidacy in the following manner:
Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching consists of 30 units taken in the following areas:
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I. Foundations of Education (9 units) EDUC 500
Research Design and Methodology 3 units
Cognition and Learning
• Completed USD application which can be submitted
EDUC 513 Human Development 3 units
graduate/application.php. • College or university transcripts. Applicants must submit one official sealed transcript from every college or university attended.
EDUC 511 Educational Reform 3 units EDUC 564 Cross-Cultural Communication 3 units
II. Curriculum and Teaching Specialization (15 units )
from a current supervisor or a professor attesting to both academic and personal skills and, if possible,
Measurement and Evaluation in Education Settings
Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3 units
Instructional Theories and Practices 3 units
Distance Education 3 units
EDUC 580 Capstone Seminar
• Three professional letters of recommendation
III. Electives (6 units)
to teaching abilities. Please do not submit personal recommendations. • Statement of purpose explaining reasons for seeking the degree and other information that would assist the Admissions Committee in its decision and including information on an applicant’s experience
in working with children or adolescents in school or
Curricular Innovations 3 units
Advanced Theories of Language and Literacy
Innovations in Reading and Writing 3 units
Literature for Children and Adolescents
• A minimum grade point average of 2.75
Instructional Strategies in Character Education
Curriculum and Programs in Character Education 3 units
should visit www.sandiego.edu/soles/prospective
Character-Based Discipline 3 units
for the most current deadlines.
IV. Capstone Requirement Candidates choose between completing an action research project or a Master’s thesis.
Contact Information For admissions and general program information:
For specific information about the Curriculum and Teaching Program:
Office of Outreach and Recruitment
Steve Gelb, Ph.D.
Phone: ( 619 ) 260-7988 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Curriculum and Teaching Program Coordinator Phone: ( 619 ) 260-4893 E-mail: email@example.com
For more information, go to www.sandiego.edu/soles/prospective.
(on a 4.0 scale) in all undergraduate coursework.
Application deadlines vary by semester and students