Information on course substitutions:

Previous graduate coursework may be substitutable for select courses in the Director of Curriculum and Instruction program. Your specific circumstance will be evaluated by a member of the faculty at the time of admission.

Program Curriculum:

While course sequencing is generally patterned, the curriculum is sufficiently flexible that a person can begin coursework in any semester or over the summer, although a fall start is generally optimum.

Director of Curriculum and Instruction Required Coursework

CIMT 611 Measurement and Evaluation in Education - 3 hours. Planning and construction of educational tests and use of standardized tests. Exemplary topics include the role of measurement and evaluation, writing selection and supply items, observation, measurement, published tests, and test appraisal. (or an approved equivalent.)

CIMT 660 Curriculum Fundamentals - 3 hours. An introductory course in curriculum which includes the foundations and meaning of curriculum, principles and patterns of curriculum, forms and ways of organizing curriculum, development of curriculum for special groups, forces and processes in curriculum change, current criticisms of curriculum, and curriculum for the future school. (or and approved equivalent.)

CIMT 675 Supervision of Instruction - 3 hours. Course concentrates on exploration of pertinent research and study of appropriate techniques in analyzing and improving instruction. Analysis, diagnosis, and prescription in the teaching-learning environment will be emphasized as well as will the role and function of supervision.

CIMT 770 Curriculum Development - 3 hours. An advanced course for the curriculum specialist which will examine the processes and procedures of imitating curriculum change, follow through. and evaluation, with special attention being given curriculum laboratories. community committees, in-service training, articulation, and diversified programs for all students. Prerequisite: 660 or 560M or Elementary Education 660. (Also listed as Elementary Education 770 or an approved CIMT equivalent.)

CIMT 775 - Action Research Education - 3 hours. Students design and conduct a field-based action research project which explores a contemporary educational problem within a particular teaching environment. The activity challenges the student to bring together the integrated themes and topics encountered in the master?s coursework. (or an approved CIMT equivalent.)

EDLR 605 Philosophy of Education - 3 hours. Educational theories and practices are analyzed using the concepts and skills of philosophy.

EDLR 650 Foundations of Educational Leadership - 3 hours. Emphasis on theories of leadership, management aspects of leadership, vision building, professional ethics, working with groups, educational program development, and the political, social, cultural, and legal aspects related to educational leadership.

EDLR 655 Legal Aspects of School Administration - 3 hours. Origin and development of school law with emphasis given to its application in contemporary school problems. 

EDLR 656 School and Community: Collaborating for Effective Schools - 3 hours. Fundamental principles of school administration with emphasis placed upon the application of principles to the local administrative units.

EDLR 683 Leadership for Learning Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment to Support Improved Student performance - 3 hours. Designed to provide emphasis on foundations and concepts of curricular and instructional leadership related to organizational patterns and practices, staff productivity, team building, special needs students, instructional technology, curriculum trends, and the change process. Students and program assessment will focus on applying assessment to improve teaching and learning in the classroom.

EDLR 751 Administration of School Personnel - 3 hours. A study of the policies and practices of personnel administration in schools. The role of the personnel administrator in organization manpower planning, compensation, recruitment, induction, appraisal, development, continuity, security, and standards are important features of this course.

EDLR 754 School Business Administration - 3 hours. A study of current practices and theory in the administration of school business affairs. The role of the school business administrator in budgeting, accounting, purchasing, personnel, facilities, transportation, food services, collective bargaining, financing, insurance, and computer services are some of the features of this course.

EDLR 759 Seminar in School Superintendency - 3 hours. A study of contemporary problems of the school superintendent in the areas of leadership, community politics, organizational structure, and relationships with internal and external publics.

EDLR 790 Individual Research and Study - 1-3 hours. Opportunities are provided for supervised and independent study in selected areas. Designed for educational specialist degree and doctoral students. All work offered on an individual basis with the approval of the instructor concerned and the Department Chairperson. May be repeated with the consent of instructor and Department Chairperson.

EPSY 621 Development Through the Lifespan - 3 hours. Students will undertake a thorough examination of developmental changes that occur throughout life. In addition to milestones of development, mechanisms of development and psycho-educational strategies to facilitate optimal development are considered. (or an approved Educational Psychology Equivalent.)

Choose from one of the following

CIMT 610 Research in Education - 3 hours. Instruction in the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to plan and understand research. Topics include library use, scientific methodology, observation, measurement, selection of a question, design, data collection, analysis of data, and generalization from data.

COUN 620 Foundations of Research - 3 hours. Instruction in behavioral research. Topics covered include scientific methodology, measurement, observation, data collection, statistical analyses, design of experiments, interpretation of and generalization from data.

EPSY 620 Foundations of Qualitative and Quantitative Research - 3 hours. Introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in behavioral sciences. Topics covered include scientific methodology; measurement; evaluation; quantitative/qualitative designs; data collection; data analysis; interpretation of and generalization from data.

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an approved equivalent.

Choose from one of the following

SPED 601 Education of Exceptional Children -3 hours. Focuses on different types of exceptional children and how they may best be educated through the school program. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

SPED 607 Diversity and Disability in Today’s Schools-3 hours. A study of diversity and disability in the classroom. Emphasis on how teachers must account for the special differences a variety of students bring to the learning environment. Special techniques on how to create a classroom environment in which the diversity of the group and the uniqueness of individuals are recognized and celebrated. Includes integration of national and state standards into planning to teach diverse learners. Field experience integrated with pedagogical knowledge of teaching.

OR
approved equivalent.