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• Provides foundation in key issues of curricular development with flexible requirements that enable students to pursue individual interests

• May be completed at a variety of off-campus locations throughout Maryland

• Offers flexible schedules and courses at times convenient for working adults.

M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction

Overview

McDaniel College’s highly regarded M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program is ideal for educators in schools, colleges, and in staff development roles within business and social service organizations.

Key Features of the C&I Program include:

  • Dynamic programming that is responsive to changing trends and issues in education
  • Courses address global initiatives and their relationship to school systems
  • Educational theory is examined in the context of practice
  • Instructional technology is incorporated into the program – it is not an “add on”
  • Universal Design for Learning principals and techniques are fundamental to course design
  • Alternatives to a master’s thesis are provided through a choice of capstone experiences
  • Course assignments are flexible, allowing students to focus on their instructional areas and interests

Degree
Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (34.5 Credits)

Location
Merritt Hall

Contact
Dr. Rebecca Gibson, C&I Program Coordinator
rgibson@mcdaniel.edu
410-871-3353

Why McDaniel

  • Highly applicable content—apply what you’ve learned in our classroom in your classroom
  • Learn to make practical applications of educational  research in your classroom
  • Flexible scheduling and a variety of delivery methods to fit your busy life (face-to-face, hybrid and online offerings)
  • This program is offered at multiple locations—choose the one that is nearest you
  • Special cohort groups frequently formed with area school districts
  • Small class sizes ensure personal attention from faculty
  • Partnerships with local school systems and faculty who are school leaders in those systems make the program relevant and responsive to local concerns
  • Candidates are supported through ongoing and easily accessible advising
  • Highly competitive tuition

This program has been evaluated and approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. No minimum GPA required.
  • One letter of recommendation

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of 34.5 credits, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better throughout the program:
  • 7 core C&I curriculum courses (21 credits)
  • Completion of 4 elective courses (12 credits)
  • Completion of Capstone Experience (1.5 credits)

Courses

All candidates will complete eleven courses (34.5 credit hours) distributed over three categories: the Curriculum and Instruction Core, the Focus Area and the Capstone Experience.

Curriculum and Instruction Core

Seven REQUIRED courses These courses provide the candidate with the foundation for curriculum design and the implementation of that design. These courses also provide for developing skills in designing and evaluating curriculum.

CUR 501 Curriculum Trends and Issues
Students analyze significant issues impacting curricular decisions, trace their historical development, and predict likely futures. Issues include conflict within and between learning theory, educational philosophies, and the content disciplines and the issues surrounding societal expectations and educational policy formation.
3 Credits
RSM 550 Introduction to Research Methodology
This course is directed toward an understanding of how research is conducted. Includes the study of quantitative and qualitative strategies and their appropriate use. Reviews appropriate statistical tools and their use in data collection and interpretation.
3 Credits
CUR 503 Learning and Instruction
This course examines current theories about psychological influences on student learning. Participants examine personal teaching and learning experiences to strengthen the development of their personal foundations for designing and implementing instruction. A case study is used for the analysis of the nature of the interactions of their learners and the educational context.
3 Credits
CUR 505 Differentiation and Technology
This course explores differences in learners, methods to adapt instruction to special needs, and ways technology can be used in the adaptations. Participants in the course will modify and implement instructional plans to meet diverse needs incorporating technology available to them.
3 Credits
CUR 509 Monitoring and Aligning Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
This course engages learners in evaluating and developing a comprehensive, valid and reliable assessment system to monitor student progress towards long term curricular outcomes and standards. Participants use selected response, essay/brief constructed response, performance and personal communications methods to design strategies that facilitate and assess student learning. Emphasis is placed on needs assessment including analysis of available data, collection and integration of formative and summative data and engagement of stakeholders, including students, in planning and decision making.
3 Credits
CUR 512 Curriculum Analysis and Planning
This course explores processes for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of a given curriculum to meet national, state, and local content standards. Candidates will reflect upon the curriculum they are assigned to teach and the effectiveness of their implementation of that curriculum. Consideration will also be given to the resources of the local educational community dedicated to support curriculum. At the completion of the course, candidates should be confident of their own ability to analyze the approved curriculum provided to them, adapt the curriculum for the student population they are assigned to teach, and determine the effectiveness of these adaptations.
3 Credits
CUR 515 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction
Prerequisites CUR 501, 503, 505, 509, 512, and RSM 550
This final course in the Curriculum and Instruction Program is a seminar in which advanced master’s degree candidates develop curriculum and investigate relevant educational issues. This course provides a forum to discuss the relationship between curriculum theory, education policy and research, and teaching practice as a means to support candidates in the challenges they face as educators of diverse populations in a high-stakes accountability climate.
3 Credits
Focus Area

Four courses to be selected by the student. The Focus Area is intended to extend the candidate’s abilities to apply the concepts and skills in a pedagogical or content area of interest. These areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Adaptations for Special Needs (EDU, PSY, SED)
  • Computer Applications in the Instructional Program (EDU, SLM)
  • Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction (ADM)
  • Online Teaching and Learning (OTL)
  • Reading and Language Arts (RDG)
  • Science (**BIO, **PHY)
  • Social Sciences (**HUM, PSI, SOC)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TSL)

(the course prefixes which are appropriate for these focus areas are in parentheses)

** available on campus ONLY

Capstone Experience

Candidates will complete CUR 515 as the last course in the sequence of the Curriculum and Instruction Core. This course will encompass all previous academic work in the required Core.

Three capstone experiences are available for completion of the Curriculum and Instruction program.

Students select one of the following 1.5 credit options:

Portfolio Experience
CUR 556 Intro to Capstone Experience
This course is the first in a series of three 0.5 credit courses intended to prepare Curriculum and Instruction candidates for the capstone experience, which is the final requirement for graduation. Candidates will be introduced to the three capstone options: Portfolio Experience, Synthesis Experience, and Action Research Experience. Candidates must take this course during the semester of their second or third course in the program.
0.5 Credits
CUR 557 Capstone Experience Development
This course is the second in a series of three 0.5 credit courses intended to prepare Curriculum and Instruction candidates for the capstone experience, which is the final requirement for graduation. This course is to be taken by all candidates regardless of their capstone choice.
0.5 Credits
CUR 558 Portfolio Experience
This course is the last in a series of three 0.5 credit courses intended to prepare Curriculum and Instruction candidates for the capstone experience, which is the final requirement for graduation. This course is intended for candidates who selected the Electronic Portfolio rather than the Synthesis or Action Research Experiences. Candidates will submit their portfolio for scoring by Curriculum and Instruction faculty.
0.5 Credits
Synthesis Experience
CUR 556 Intro to Capstone Experience
This course is the first in a series of three 0.5 credit courses intended to prepare Curriculum and Instruction candidates for the capstone experience, which is the final requirement for graduation. Candidates will be introduced to the three capstone options: Portfolio Experience, Synthesis Experience, and Action ResearchExperience. Candidates must take this course during the semester of their second or third course in the program.
0.5 Credits
CUR 557 Capstone Experience Development
This course is the second in a series of three 0.5 credit courses intended to prepare Curriculum and Instruction candidates for the capstone experience, which is the final requirement for graduation. This course is to be taken by all candidates regardless of their capstone choice.
0.5 Credits
CUR 559 Synthesis Experience
This course is the last in a series of three 0.5 credit courses intended to prepare Curriculum and Instruction candidates for the capstone experience, which is the final requirement for graduation. This course is intended for candidates who selected the Synthesis Experience rather than the Portfolio or Action Research Experiences. Candidates will submit their Synthesis Paper, a written response to the prompt that was presented to them in the Capstone Experience Development course.
0.5 Credits
Action Research Experience
CUR 556 Intro to Capstone Experience
This course is the first in a series of three 0.5 credit courses intended to prepare Curriculum and Instruction candidates for the capstone experience, which is the final requirement for graduation. Candidates will be introduced to the three capstone options: Portfolio Experience, Synthesis Experience, and Action ResearchExperience. Candidates must take this course during the semester of their second or third course in the program.
0.5 Credits
CUR 557 Capstone Experience Development
This course is the second in a series of three 0.5 credit courses intended to prepare Curriculum and Instruction candidates for the capstone experience, which is the final requirement for graduation. This course is to be taken by all candidates regardless of their capstone choice. Action Research candidates will work with an action research advisor after this point, in their development of an action research project. Candidates will meet with the advisor one-on-one, or in small groups with other C&I candidate action researchers, to develop a research proposal, develop analytic strategies, and complete the written research report.
0.5 Credits
CUR 560 Action Research Experience
This course is the last in a series of three 0.5 credit courses intended to prepare Curriculum and Instruction candidates for the capstone experience, which is the final requirement for graduation. This course is intended for candidates who selected the Action Research Experience rather than the Portfolio or Synthesis Experiences. Candidates will submit their Action Research Project, a written research report.
0.5 Credits

Important Dates

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.

Note: Cohort courses are subject to alternate schedules. Please contact Leslie Dennis at ldennis@mcdaniel.edu or 410-386-4627.

Information Meetings

Information meetings are held regularly in each county in which cohorts programs are offered. Contact Leslie Dennis at ldennis@mcdaniel.edu or 410-386-4627 for information about cohorts and specific meeting dates.

Important Dates – Cohort Recruitment
County Program Offered Semester of Information Meetings Semester Start Date
Anne Arundel County C&I Master’s Degree – Generalist Fall Spring
C&I Master’s Degree – Leadership Fall Spring
Administrator I Certification Spring Fall
Carroll County C&I Master’s Degree – Generalist and Administrator I Certification Spring Fall
Cecil County C&I Master’s Degree – Generalist Spring Summer or Fall
C&I Master’s Degree - Leadership Spring Summer or Fall
Administrator I Certification Spring Summer or Fall
Frederick County C&I Master’s Degree – Leadership Fall Spring
Administrator I Certification Spring Fall
Howard County C&I Master’s Degree – Generalist Fall Spring
C&I Master’s Degree – Leadership

Fall

Spring

Administrator I Certification Spring Fall
Montgomery County C&I Master’s Degree – Leadership Spring Fall
Administrator I Certification

Spring

Fall

Faculty

Dr. Rebecca Gibson, Coordinator & Area Coordinator for Assessment
rgibson@mcdaniel.edu
410-871-3353

 

 

Dr. B.J. Gallagher, Lecturer and Area Coordinator for Technology
bgallagh@mcdaniel.edu
410-857-2736

 

 

Dr. Leslie Simpson, Area Coordinator for Curriculum
lsimpson@mcdaniel.edu
410-386-4672

 

 

Andrew Barshinger, Senior Academic Advisor
abarshinger@mcdaniel.edu
410-730-8025

 

Randi Shamer, Administrator
rshamer@mcdaniel.edu
410-857-2514

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The C&I Program offers multiple paths to leadership in education:

  • Teacher leadership (coaching/mentoring, instructional technology) through instructional and curricular expertise developed in the program.
  • Supervisory leadership (Curriculum Design, Staff Development, Assessment, etc.) through coursework that leads to Administrator I Certification.
  • School building leadership through coursework that leads to Administrator I Certification.

Program Locations

Westminster
Main McDaniel Campus in Westminster

Off-Campus Centers in Maryland

  • Arundel Mills
  • Calvert County
  • Charles County
  • Prince George’s County

Counties with cohort agreements

  • Anne Arundel County
  • Carroll County
  • Cecil County
  • Frederick County
  • Howard County
  • Montgomery County

FAQs

How do I apply?
Go to How to Apply for application procedures and forms.

Is there a GPA requirement?
There is no GPA requirement for admittance into the program. However, the grade of B or better must be achieved in each of the first three courses taken in order to continue in the program. You must also successfully complete CUR 556: Introduction to the Capstone Experience.

How long does it take to complete the C&I Program?
The program can be completed in two years by taking one or two courses each fall and spring and three courses each summer.  The program must be completed within six years.

Is there a thesis requirement?
In lieu of a master’s thesis, candidates have one of three capstone experience options:

  • Portfolio Experience
  • Synthesis Experience
  • Action Research

Who can I contact for more information?
General questions about the program can be directed to Ms. Andrea Selivan at aselivan@mcdaniel.edu or 410-871-3340. She can answer your questions and direct you to an academic advisor.

What is a cohort?
The C&I Program has negotiated agreements with several counties in Maryland to deliver the program for teachers in those counties. Teachers in those counties take the program as a group or cohort according to a pre-determined schedule. A special tuition rate is available for cohort members and classes are held in county schools rather than on the McDaniel campus. You must be a county employee who is eligible for a tuition benefit with that county.

Counties with cohort agreements:

  • Anne Arundel County
  • Carroll County
  • Cecil County
  • Frederick County
  • Howard County
  • Montgomery County

What cohort options are available?
Depending on the agreement with a particular county, available program formats are:

  • Master of Science in Education – Generalist Focus
  • Master of Science in Education – Leadership Focus
  • Administrator I Certification – This program is for teachers already holding a master’s degree who wish to obtain an Administrator I certificate.  It is a five-course (15 credit) program with an additional internship requirement.
 
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