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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Florida’s Premier Teaching Program

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction provides the next level of skills and credentials possessed by accomplished teachers seeking to advance a career in education and enhance their knowledge in curriculum and instruction.

This program is designed for individuals interested in earning a curriculum and instruction degree that advances classroom teaching skills through research-based strategies and techniques. The online courses focus on transformational teaching methods including active, student-centered, collaborative, experiential, and problem-based learning, which will promote increased student performance, personal growth, and explore the positive impact that highly effective instructional leaders make on their students.

SACSCOC Accredited

Florida Southern College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.  Florida Southern College also may offer credentials such as certificates at approved degree levels.  Questions about the accreditation of Florida Southern College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur GA 30033-4097, or by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). 
 

Top Reasons

Expert Faculty

Every faculty member in the graduate program holds a doctorate degree and are recognized for their leadership, management and motivational abilities.

Flexible

Courses are 100% online and provide flexible and convenient scheduling that meets your needs through online and clinical learning.

Prestigious Credentials

Our graduates enjoy a high job placement rate, and are impacting their classrooms, schools and communities on a daily basis.

Connected

The curriculum provides both practical knowledge and professional networking opportunities with cohorts across the State of Florida as well as local Polk County partnerships.

Meet Our Mocs

Michelle Dinwiddie
Kimberly Brewer
Amy McDonald
Ashley Bailey
Taylorann Benthal
Lauren Whitaker
Erin Myers
Kaci Segna

The Passion to Get Ahead

Sarah explains why Florida Southern was the right school for her to pursue her passion for education and professional goals.

Recognized Accomplishments

School districts recognize the time and effort teachers spend in graduate school, and want these individuals to stay in the district to help direct future growth of a school. Master’s degree holders are the best chance schools have to enact positive curriculum-wide changes and improve student outcomes. As an added benefit of earning a master’s degree, you gain a bigger voice in the national conversation on education. As educators further develop their understanding of teaching techniques, classroom management strategies, and professional resources, they become more valuable members of the educational community.

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Program Details

AVAILABLE IN:

Minor

Admission Requirements

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education as verified by an official transcript from the conferring institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall or a composite score of 297 on the GRE or 393 on the MAT tests
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Teacher Certification*
  • Current Résumé
  • A personal statement of your expectations of a graduate program (your personal and professional goals)

*Applicant must hold a Florida Professional Educator Certificate.

Course Delivery

Online

100% of the courses are offered online

Curriculum

EDU 6910Transformational Teaching and Learning
Four hours. This course will focus on the study of the societal structure and problems affecting education; the effects on education from philosophical, psychological, cultural and societal differences and changes; and the effects of political and economical changes on education. Emphasis is on transformational teaching and learning theory, principles, methods, and child and adolescent development including theories and principles of learning.
EDU 6920Transformational Learning Environments
Two hours. The goal of this course is to engage educators in the development of advanced instructional strategies to create transformational learning environments for teaching all students including those with limited English proficiency. The course will also address instruction in the English language and the development of the student’s mastery of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Advanced classroom management skills will focus on creating safe learning environments in which effective transformational teaching and learning can take place by promoting a physically, emotionally, socially and academically secure climate for all students.
EDU 6930Transformational Teaching and Learning through Research
Four hours. This course is an introduction to action research and the literature on transformational teaching, learning theory, principles, and methods with an emphasis on interpreting and evaluating the review of the literature.  Action research design and methodology will be studied. Transformational teaching and learning research interests and goals will be identified and developed.
EDU 6940Transformational Approaches to Curriculum and Instruction
Four hours. This course will include educational assessment practices that include analysis, application of data from statewide standardized assessments and other multiple sources to improve instruction and learning. Students will plan for, integrate, and assess transformational teaching and learning principles in the curriculum including multisensory approaches.  Students will design an action research plan based on transformational teaching and learning theory, methods, and core principles.
EDU 6950Transformational Teaching and Learning with Diverse Populations
Four hours. This course will focus on students’ acquisition and mastery of key course concepts, enhancing students’ strategies and skills for learning and discovery, and promoting positive learning-related attitudes, values, and beliefs in all students leading to the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of a healthy child. Effective transformational teaching and instructional techniques, strategies, and materials to meet the needs of diverse learners, including students with disabilities will be evaluated.
EDU 6960Assessing Transformational Teaching and Learning
Four hours. This course will focus on assessing student learning outcomes as a result of student participation in a transformational teaching and learning curriculum, including the examination of current and new approaches to the evaluation of curriculum. Lines of inquiry may include researching the extent to which instructors accomplish transformational objectives or implement transformational teaching methods, and the extent to which students achieve transformational teaching goals.
EDU 6970Transformational Instructional Leadership
Four hours. This course will explore the intersection of the principles of transformational leadership and transformational teaching and learning and the impact for maximizing students’ potential for academic success and enhancement of students’ attitudes, values, beliefs, and skills.
EDU 6980Advanced Research in Transformational Teaching and Learning
Four hours. Prerequisite: EDU 6930. This course engages students in inquiry processes related to their own transformational teaching and learning practices, culminating in a transformational teaching and learning action research study.
TOTAL30 hours

External Scholarships

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

Up to $4,000

Florida Fund for Minority Teachers offers an annual scholarship to approved Minority Teacher Education Scholars who are enrolled as upper-division undergraduate or graduate students in a teacher education program.

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Program Costs

2024-2025

Base Required FeesCost
Tuition Per Credit Hour$475
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled$25 to $100

$250 Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit (Upon acceptance and applied toward your first semester tuition balance)

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Can this program be completed 100% online?

This program is 100% online

How many classes is considered full time?

A student is considered full time when taking a minimum of 8 credit hours at the graduate level.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Most students complete the program coursework in as few as four semesters.

Program Contact

Laura Hutson Laura Hutson, MS

Admission Counselor and Advisor

 863.680.4914

 863.225.8405

Lori Rakes Lori Rakes, Ph.D.

Dean of Education

Associate Professor of Education

Curry Building - 113

 863.680.4179

 863.680.4102