Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree is a 30 or 39-hour, non-thesis degree. The program consists of 21-credit hours of Core Curriculum Requirements and 9 hours of a Specialized Concentration. 

If choosing the Instructional Content Track, an additional 9 hours must be taken. Thus, the degree will total 39 hours if choosing this track.

The degree is designed for those educators who desire to stay connected to teaching while working with other teachers. Career options for those holding this degree are teacher leader, grade level and/or department chair, content specialist, curriculum specialist, and/or instructional leader. Flexibility is built into the program to allow for specialized degree options in two tracks:

Instructional Track:

  • Christian School Administration

  • Distance Learning

  • English as a Second Language

  • Fine Arts

  • Leadership

  • Learning Technologies

  • Professional Life Coaching 

  • Special Education

  • Supervision

 

Instructional Content Track:

  • English

  • Government/Political Science

  • History

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADMISSION

There are no additional requirements other than those required for admission to the graduate program at DBU.

PROGRAM CONTINUANCE

Continuance in the program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

A waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement may be considered if the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • earns an “A-“ or higher in each of the first four courses (12 hours) of graduate coursework in the DBU College of Education, or

  • holds a Bachelor’s degree from the DBU College of Education earned within the past five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or

  • holds a Master’s degree from DBU.

INSTRUCTIONAL TRACK

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

course

Credit hours

Core Curriculum Requirements
EDAD 6300 - Foundations of Instructional Leadership 
EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)
EDUC 6304 - Improvement of Instruction
EDUC 6306 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation
EDUC 6313 - Assessment to Improve Learning: Formative Assessments and Continuous Improvement
EDUC 6315 - Internship in Curriculum and Instruction (S-L)
EDUC 6318 - Leading for Learning
EDUC 6011 - Defense of Degree

21

Specializations

Christian School Administration Specialization
Choose 9 hours from the following:
EDUC 6310 - Foundations of Christian School Education
EDUC 6311 - Christian School Curriculum
EDAD 6319 - Christian School Education Administration
MAFM 6316 - Faith Formation in the Life Stages

Distance Learning Specialization
Choose 9 hours from the following:
DLED 6301 - Foundations of Distance Learning
DLED 6302 - Designing and Developing Distance Learning
DLED 6303 - Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom
DLED 6304 - Technology Tools for the Online Classroom
DLED 6305 - Distance Learning Design and Administration

English as a Second Language Specialization
Choose 9 hours from the following:
ESLS 5301 - Second Language Acquisition
ESLS 5304 - Methods in Teaching ESL
ESLS 5306 - Content Area Language Proficiency Skills
ESLS 5308 - Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Environments

ESLS 5312 - Practicum for State Certification (S-L) 
or
ESLS 5314 - Practicum in ESL/EFL Settings (S-L)

Fine Arts Specialization
Choose 9 hours from the following:
ART 5376 - Drawing and the Liberal Arts I
ART 5377 - Painting and the Liberal Arts
MALA 5321 - Readers Theater (S-L)
MALA 5325 - Communication in the Digital Age

MALA 5329 - Color and Composition
MALA 5363 - Advertising Design (S-L)
MALA 5372 - The Arts and the Creative Process
MALA 5385 - Special Topics in Art

Leadership Specialization
Choose 9 hours from the following:
MAL 5302 - Vision-Casting and Leading Change
MAL 6304 - Leadership Communication
MAL 6306 - Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership
MAL 5308 - Great Leaders in History
MAL 6305 - Relational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

Learning Technologies Specialization
Choose 9 hours from the following:
EDUC 6303 - Emerging Technologies
EDUC 6312 - Technology Integration in Curriculum
EDUC 6320 - Project-Based Learning
DLED 6303 - Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom
DLED 6304 - Technology Tools for the Online Classroom

Professional Life Coaching Specialization  
Choose 9 hours from the following:
MAPD 5310 - Foundational Life Coaching I 
MAPD 5316 - Developing Coaching Skills
MAPD 5317 - Professional Life Coaching Practicum
EDAD 6301 - Instructional Leadership Development
EDSC 6380 - Career Development and Lifestyle Counseling for School Counselors

Special Education Specialization
Choose 9 hours from the following:
SPED 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners
SPED 5320 - Teaching the Underachiever
SPED 5330 - Pedagogy of Special Education
SPED 5332 - Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience
SPED 5350 - Teaching Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

Supervision Specialization
Choose 9 hours from the following:
EDAD 6302 - Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL)
EDAD 6312 - School Law
EDAD 6314 - The Principalship
EDAD 6316 - School Personnel Administration

9

Total Credit Hours Required

30

INSTRUCTIONAL CONTENT TRACK 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

course

Credit hours

Core Curriculum Requirements
EDAD 6300 - Foundations of Instructional Leadership 
EDUC 6302 - Research in Education (S-L)
EDUC 6304 - Improvement of Instruction
EDUC 6306 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation
EDUC 6313 - Assessment to Improve Learning: Formative Assessments and Continuous Improvement
EDUC 6315 - Internship in Curriculum and Instruction (S-L)
EDUC 6318 - Leading for Learning
EDUC 6011 - Defense of Degree

21

Specializations

English Specialization (choose 18 hours) 
ENGL 5319 - Introduction to Literary Theory
ENGL 5340 - Studies in Global Literature
ENGL 5344 - Studies in Fiction
ENGL 5347 - Studies in Drama
ENGL 5348 - Studies in Poetry
ENGL 5349 - Shakespeare
MALA 5342 - Select Topics in Linguistics
MALA 5345 - Studies in Nonfiction

Government/Political Science Specialization (choose 18 hours)
POLS 5304 - American Diplomatic History
POLS 5311 - Political Communication
POLS 5313 - Religion and Politics in the United States
POLS 5314 - International Relations
POLS 5315 - Municipal Government and Urban Development
POLS 5316 - Study of Public Administration
POLS 5317 - Comparing Government Structures and Political Systems
POLS 5318 - American Political Tradition

History Specialization (choose 18 hours)
HIST 5301 - Western Church History
HIST 5302 - History of Religion in America
HIST 5304 - American Diplomatic History
HIST 5305 - History of Texas
HIST 5308 - Medieval History
HIST 5312 - The Twentieth Century
HIST 5354 - Ancient Civilizations
HIST 5357 - History of the Reformation
HIST 5388 - Foundations of the American Republic

18

Total Credit Hours Required

39

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION GRADUATE DEFENSE OF DEGREE

Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, a defense of degree is required in all College of Education Graduate Programs. The defense of degree is a capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

A web-based format will be utilized by the candidate to enhance the presentation and to justify why the degree should be awarded to the candidate. The candidate’s formal defense will be presented to members of the Defense of Degree Committee and will take place on the main campus each semester.

Candidates must register for the Defense of Degree course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their defense of degree. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel, as well as DBU professors and administrators, volunteer their time for this highly selective process.

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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