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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

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

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 students to follow a General path or choose specialized degree options including: Bilingual Education, Christian School Administration, English as a Second Language, Learning Technologies, Special Education, and Supervision.


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


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.



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


Choose one of the following:



EDUC 6308 - School and Multicultural Society

EDUC 6320 - Project-Based Learning

SPED 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners

Bilingual Education Specialization

Choose 9 hours from the following:

*EDBE 5301 - Principles of Biliteracy Development in Spanish and English

*EDBE 5302 - Academic Spanish Across the Content Area

*EDBE 5303 - Literatura Infantil

EDBE 5304 - Principles of Curriculum Development in Dual Language and ESL Classrooms

EDBE 5320 - Assessing English Language Learners

EDBE 5321 - Linguistics for Reading and ESL

ESLS 5314 - Practicum in ESL/EFL Settings (S-L)

*These courses are taught in Spanish and require approval of program director and professor.

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

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

Learning Technologies Specialization
Choose 9 hours from the following:
EDUC 6320 - Project-Based Learning
LTEC 6301 - Foundations of Learning Technology

LTEC 6302 - Pedagogy in the Digital Age

LTEC 6303 - Technology Tools for Learning

Special Education Specialization
Choose 9 hours from the following:
SPED 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners
SPED 5320 - Pedagogy of Special Education
SPED 5330 - Legal, Procedural, and Program Practices in Special Education
SPED 5350 - Educating Students with Emotional and 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

Total Credit Hours Required


Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

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


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.


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