Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Department of Learning and Teaching
Students in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction are often working teachers returning to graduate school part-time after at least 3 years of teaching experience. Our students also include trainers, curriculum specialists and educators from non-school settings. Read on for profiles of current students and alumni outcomes.
Outcome 1: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction students will demonstrate content knowledge specific to their areas of study.
Outcome 2: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction students will apply learning theories and relate the application the theories to specific sociocultural contexts.
Outcome 3: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction students will apply appropriate pedagogical approaches in specific learning environments.
Outcome 4: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction students will apply the research and analysis tools for thinking about and investigating educational questions through research.
Outcome 5: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction students will demonstrate growth in ethical behavior, positive values, and inclusive and respectful approach to diversity. Candidates will reflect on and gain an understanding of how to support the development of diverse learners through their curricular and instructional decisions.
Graduates of this program go on to teach in K-12 public and private schools or may work as educators or trainers in museums, nonprofits, education centers or other settings.
"My experience at SOLES gave me foundation I needed to be successful in the 'real world' of teaching. I owe a debt of gratitude to the SOLES faculty -- my team of mentors -- for shaping how I teach, what I teach, and the way in which I participate in the professional community. The Learning and Teaching program at SOLES is a balanced one that made me feel both grounded in critical theory, and supported in bringing those theories into the classroom through my practicum and student teaching experiences.
I loved the opportunity to learn about the principles behind how we design curriculum, and the ways in which we can re-invent the 21st Century classroom to meet the needs of all of our students. But even more than that, I valued the opportunity to engage in an ongoing dialogue with professors and students alike to help process what worked and what didn't, to test out models in the classroom, and bring the results back to campus. Perhaps the best part of my experience at SOLES is that is isn't over. Five years after graduating, I still regularly connect with the faculty at the University to challenge and energize my teaching."
- Diana Combs Neebe '08
"The opportunities to work closely with faculty and innovate were particularly valuable to me. Accompanying Dr. Spencer to Ghana in order to conduct research was truly a life-changing experience. The lens this type of original research provided me will change my practice as an educator forever."
- Jennifer Edstrom '12