Online Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is pleased to offer its Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction entirely online. Offered through the University's College of Education, the program is designed for experienced teachers interested in broadening their professional knowledge and expanding the contributions they make to education.

This is a 10-course degree program culminating in an Action Research Capstone project. All courses are taught online. Candidates should hold a teaching license in their state. In-state candidates must hold a Massachusetts initial license. All candidates should be working as a classroom teacher.

Students may take up to two graduate-level courses on a non-matriculated basis after consultation with the program advisor. Please email for more information. First-time students should register using the Non-Degree Course Registration Form for NEW Students.

Note: This is a non-licensure program.

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Science Education Option:

Candidates wishing to have the Science Education Option on their transcripts must include 6 courses (18 credits) of science education and/or science content course work in their program. Please visit the program details page for more information.

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Autism Studies Option:

UMass Lowell also offers a Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction: Autism Studies Option. Please visit the program details page for more information.

Program Outline

Total courses required: 10 courses (30 credits)

Core Courses - (4 courses; 12 credits)

  1. EDUC.6300 Educating Diverse Populations - Available Summer 2017!
  2. EDUC.6350 Dynamics of Curricular Change
  3. EDUC.6370 History & Theory of Curriculum - Available Summer 2017!
  4. EDUC.6380 Curriculum Design K-12 - Available Summer 2017!

Specialization - (5 courses; 15 credits)

  1. EDUC.6510 Web-based Tech. in the Learning Environment:Teaching and Learning
  2. EDUC.6441 Models of Teaching
  3. EDUC.6240 Assessment of Learning
  4. EDUC.6430 The Skillful Teacher - Available Summer 2017!
  5. XX.XXX One other instruction-related course with permission of program advisor.

Capstone - 3 credits:

  1. EDUC.6501 Capstone Project: Advanced Programs *

*This course is taken as the culminating course in the program and is offered only in Fall and Spring terms.

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Questions About the Master's Degree

For questions about the Online M.Ed. Program in Curriculum and Instruction, email or call 978-934-4601.

Course Descriptions

EDUC.6240 Assessment of Learning

Students examines various approaches to the formative and summative assessment of learning. This course examines the importance of assessment in planning curricula and individual lessons. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6300 Educating Diverse Populations

As the world becomes increasingly diverse, educators must be prepared to examine, confront, and manage the factors that affect the education of all children. This course addresses several central issues focusing on how teachers address the problems that confront students who differ from the majority population in language, ethnicity, culture, gender, and sexual orientation. Ensuring that their families and communities are actively involved in the educational process is also an important component of the course. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6350 Dynamics of Curricular Change

This course considers alternative perspectives of curriculum and explores issues and strategies involved in the process of changing the curricular visions and practices of schools. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6370 History & Theory of Curriculum

This course examines the historical development of American curriculum from the colonial period to the present, with a focus on theories that shaped what was taught in schools, and how those theories reflected social, cultural and political values and conflicts. Particular attention will be paid to curriculum theories that have shaped contemporary curriculum, and to examination of programs that reflect those theories. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6380 Curriculum Design K-12

A review of state mandates which, by law, shape the curriculum of the school. Examination of "new" curricula and their sources, as well as the development of a rationale for curriculum design and an evaluation of the personnel and techniques by which these curricula can be developed. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6430 The Skillful Teacher

This course is designed to help teachers and educational leaders view teaching from a reflective stance. Video material of teaching situations will be examined for the application of skills discussed in the course. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6441 Models of Teaching

This course will investigate researched-based instructional models that have been proven to facilitate learning in any academic content area. Each model addresses academic content as well as attainment of instructional goals and objectives. All models support the 21st learner by focusing on the needed skills for school, life and work. This course will benefit teachers who teach at any grade level. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

EDUC.6501 Capstone Project: Advanced Programs

Students will have the opportunity to develop a teacher work sample consisting of work in six major areas: (1) contextual factors, (2) learning goals, (3) assessment plan, (4) design for instruction, (5) analysis of student learning, and (6) reflection. 3 credits. Prerequisite: M.Ed. matriculated only

EDUC.6510 Web-based Tech. in the Learning Environment:Teaching and Learning

Students will research, discuss and examine web-based educational technologies and the pedagogical practices associated them. We will also interrogate the way that these technologies and their requisite literacies have changed, are changing and will change the nature of institutional instruction. In addition, we will investigate the policy implications that arise from the existence of these technologies. This course is taught online. It is suitable for students at the Masters, Ed.S or Doctoral level. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

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