Graduate Studies

curriculum & instruction

The College of Education prepares educators for the significant instructional challenges that await them in this century.

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The program leading to a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction is for those holding initial certificates in the following teaching areas: Early Childhood, Elementary, Childhood, Middle School Extensions, or Exceptional Education. The general philosophy underlying the Responsive Educator Program is an organized, yet complex model, which correlates with the themes that characterize current educational reform movements. That is, we believe that all children can learn, and that they can learn best by teachers who are responsive.

Each Master's degree offered in the College of Education includes a capstone experience and specific exit requirements. These are currently under review and subject to change. Some examples of exit requirements include a comprehensive examination, a master's thesis, or a master's curriculum project. These are to be culminating experiences that connect the learning the degree candidate has acquired in the program. They are intended to be rigorous and to provide evidence that each degree candidate is worthy of a master's degree. Please see the descriptions of each degree program for the specific capstone experience and exit requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Initial certification to teach early childhood, childhood, middle childhood, or adolescence (secondary) education in the public schools of New York State or equivalent preparation.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above.
  • Completed Graduate Application submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, including two current (within six months) letters of recommendation, and official academic transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions (except SUNY Fredonia).
    • Statement of intent: A brief (i.e., 1-2 page/s) statement similar to a cover letter for a professional application that indicates the candidates' educational background, teaching philosophy and research interests.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Candidates are strongly encouraged to provide at least one recommendation letter from an academic source (e.g., college professor) in order to attest to their ability to succeed in graduate studies.

Early Childhood to Childhood Program Requirements

For those students with initial certifications Early Childhood to Childhood - generalist or students with disabilities

Research (12 required credit hours)

  • EDU 570 Using Education Research to Improve Instruction
    (Should be completed within the first semester)
  • EDU 660 Conducting Educational Research
    (Must have completed EDU 570 with a B grade or better and 24 credit hours of graduate work)

Inclusive Education Core (12 required credit hours)

  • EDU 508 Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Settings
  • EDU 514 Assessment & Instruction of Diverse Learners I
  • EDU 529 Proactive Approaches to Classroom Management
  • EDU 530 Assessment & Instruction of Diverse Learners II

Linking Content & Pedagogy (12 required credit hours)

Choose 12 credits from the following:
Literacy/Language Arts

  • EDU 506 Introduction to Literacy Instruction
  • EDU 547 Children's Literacies, Literature & Tech
  • EDU 536 Adolescent Literacies, Literature & Tech
  • EDU 586 Literacy in the Content Area
  • EDU 605 Issues, Trends, and Research in Elementary Language Arts
  • ENGL 5XX or 6XX By advisement
  • EDU 591 Special topics by advisement*

Social Studies

  • EDU 635 Curriculum Development in Social Studies Education
  • EDU 636 Issues, Trends and Research in Social Studies Education
  • HIST 5XX or 6XX By advisement
  • POLI 5XX or 6XX By advisement
  • EDU 591 Special topics by advisement*

Mathematics/Science/Technology

  • EDU 603 Issues, Trends & Research in Elementary (Childhood) Science
  • EDU 640 Issues, Trends & Research in Elementary (Childhood) Mathematics
  • EDU 642 Activity Oriented Elementary Mathematics
  • EDU 643 Mathematics Assessment in Support of All Learners
  • MAED 5XX or 6XX By advisement
  • SCED 5XX or 6XX By advisement
  • EDU 591Special topics by advisement*

Interdisciplinary

  • EDU 520 Curriculum Framework Theory/Development
  • EDU 525 Curriculum Framework Integration/Innovation
  • EDU 528 Technology in the Schools
  • EDU 543 Education for the Gifted and Talented
  • EDU 625 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • EDU 629 Issues, Trends & Research in Early Childhood Education

*Candidates may take no more than 6 credit hours of EDU 591 courses.

Electives (3 credit hours)

  • Any graduate course not used to satisfy other requirements; advisor approval required.

Capstone
(Must have completed EDU 660 with a B grade or better and 30 credit hours of graduate work)

  • EDU 690 Masters Thesis/Project

Total Credit Hours: 36

 


Middle to Adolescence Program Requirements

For those students with initial certifications Middle to Adolescence - generalist or students with disabilities

 

Research (12 required credit hours)
A minimum of 6 credit hours, not counting the Capstone requirement (see below). Note: At least one course that meets this requirement is offered each semester during the academic year.

  • EDU 570 Using Education Research to Improve Instruction
    (Should be completed within the first semester)
  • EDU 660 Conducting Educational Research
    (Must have completed EDU 570 with a B grade or better and 24 credit hours of graduate work)

Inclusive Education Core (12 required credit hours)

  • EDU 508 Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Settings
  • EDU 514 Assessment & Instruction of Diverse Learners I
  • EDU 529 Proactive Approaches to Classroom Management
  • EDU 530 Assessment & Instruction of Diverse Learners II

Linking Content & Pedagogy (12 required credit hours)
To meet the requirements of the program and NYS regulations, candidates need 12 credit hours of courses that link pedagogy with the content area of their initial certificate. Courses are offered both through the College of Education and the content departments in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Candidates should select 12 credit hours of course work in consultation with the C&I Program Coordinator and the appropriate department from the College of Arts & Sciences.

Electives (3 credit hours)

  • Any graduate course not used to satisfy other requirements; advisor approval required.

Capstone (Must have completed EDU 660 with a B grade or better and 30 credit hours of graduate work)

  • EDU 690 Masters Thesis/Project

Total Credit Hours: 36

 

Additional Resources

Dr. Robert Dahlgren, Program Coordinator
College of Education website


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