Coursework

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Department of Learning and Teaching

Please note that the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is now only accepting new students for the online program (for experienced teachers) or for the Master's Credential Cohort: Elementary or Master's Credential Cohort: Secondary (for aspiring teachers).

Program of Study

Overview

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is a course of study aimed at improving candidates’ instructional practices.The program teaches candidates to systematically examine both their own practices and cutting edge national and international exemplars. Included is critical examination of a variety of different technology applications in educational and training settings. A 13-unit certificate in Peace and Global Education may be added to candidates' course of study. Students who choose to add a certificate to their course of study will add additional coursework beyond the 30 required units.

International Experience

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.

For many students, this experience will include a one- to two-week, faculty-led course abroad. For students who prefer to stay in southern California, this experience may be fulfilled through research or coursework on international issues. Service trips and site visits across the border in Tijuana are offered regularly.

Learning and Teaching courses with an international component include:

  • Educational Leadership for Peace and Sustainability in Costa Rica (Summer 2013)
  • Cognition and Learning in Japan (Summer 2013)
  • Research Design and Methodology in Japan (Summer 2012)
  • Exploring the Underground Railroad (Summer 2012)

Curriculum

Foundations: Research (6 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 500 Research Design and Methodology
3
EDUC 580 Master's Thesis Seminar
3

Foundations: Psychological Foundations (3 units)

Choose one course of these two:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 510 Cognition and Learning
3
EDUC 513 Human Development
3

Foundations: Social Foundations (3 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 597 The Struggles for Educational Equity
3

Specialization Courses (12 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 535 Assessment and Curriculum Design
3
EDUC 536 Curriculum Innovations
3

Choose one course:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 517 Multiple Literacies
3
EDUC 518 Writing Across the Curriculum
3
EDUC 519 Literature for Children and Adolescents
3

Choose one course:

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 550 Distance Education
3
EDUC 578 Learning & Technology
3
EDUC 559 Teaching with Technology in Diverse Communities
3


Elective Courses (6 units)

In consultation with their faculty advisors, students may select 6 units of coursework from within the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Students may use these electives toward a graduate certificate in Character Education or Peace and Global Education.

  

Graduate Certificate in Peace and Global Eduation Option

Students may add this certificate to their program of study. Six of the certificate units may count as electives in Curriculum and Instruction.

Core Courses (7 units)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 506 Global Peace Education Capstone
1
PJS 550 Analysis and Resolution of Violent Conflict
3
EDUC 589 Peace Education in a Global Context
3

Elective Courses (6 units)

Students must select 3 units from EDUC or LEAD and 3 units from PJS.

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE GRADUATE UNITS
EDUC 504 International and Comparative Education
3
EDUC 599 Independent Study
1-3
LEAD 585 Leadership for Change
3
PJS 563 Nonviolence and Peace Education
3
PJS 574 Civil Society, Peacebuilding and Development
3
PJS 582 Transitional Justice and Responding to Mass Atrocities
3
PJS 588 Human Rights Advocacy
3
PJS 594 Interpersonal and Small Group Conflict Resolution
1
PJS 594 Spirituality and Peacebuilding
1
PJS 594 Deliberative Dialogue
1
EDUC XXX SOLES Global Study Course
3

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the program take me?

Typically students complete this program in 1.5 to 2 years, often while working. The time to completion depends on the students' pace.

How many units are included?

The M.Ed. consists of 30 graduate units. Students who add the Graduate Certificate in Peace and Global Education take a minimum of 37 units total.

When are classes scheduled?

SOLES classes typically meet once per week at 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. for 2 hours and 50 minutes at a time. Classes in the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (included in the Peace and Global Education certificate and designated by the code PJS) may take place during daytime hours.

Can I work while completing this program?

Yes. Many students complete this program while working full-time, typically as teachers.

Is this program offered online?

Yes! This degree is offered 100% online. View more information on the online degree option.