Thirty-six credit hours are required for the Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Five courses are required; the remaining courses are electives, which are selected by the graduate student in consultation with the academic advisor to best meet the professional goals of the graduate student.
Students are allowed to register for a maximum of six credit hours each term in the fall and spring, and 12 credit hours during the summer term.
Required Core Courses
- EDU 601 - Critical Issues in Curriculum & Instruction (3 credits)
- EDU 603 - Research Methods (3 credits)
- EDU 604 - Culminating Project (3 credits)
Complete One Course
- EDU 600 - Improvement of Instruction (3 credits)
- EDU 613 - Models of Teaching (3 credits)
Complete One Course
- EDU 602 - Assessment of Learning (3 credits)
- EDU 645 - Assessment of Literacy (3 credits)
- EDU 614 - Assessment of Literacy Development (3 credits)
A key component of this program is the ongoing development of a professional portfolio, in which you will record, integrate, and reflect on your professional experiences in the graduate program. This is a great tool for personal reflection, meshing theories and practices, and documenting your growth throughout the program. We also use your portfolio as a means to assess the program.
A student is expected to complete the degree within seven years of beginning graduate study at Doane College. Credits taken in the program that were completed more than seven years prior to graduation are reviewed by the Dean or Assistant Dean.
The criteria for accepting or rejecting these credits as a part of the student’s program are always based on the relevance of the material at the time of review. If the course is not accepted because the course material is no longer relevant, the student must then retake the appropriate graduate course(s) as part of the program of study, or in the case of elective courses, select additional electives.
Transfer of Credit Policy
A degree-seeking student in the Curriculum and Instruction Program may transfer up to 12 credit hours into the program. This credit must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
Any course considered for transfer is individually reviewed for recency and relevance of the material as it relates to best practice and theory at the time of review. Courses must be approved courses for graduate study in a graduate program leading to a degree from the granting institution before they will be transferred into the Doane program. Transfer credit should be work completed within seven years prior to application to the program.
The final determination on transfer credit is made by the Dean of Graduate Studies in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Only graduate courses in which the student’s letter grade is "B-" or above may be considered for transfer credit and applied toward fulfilling degree and certification requirements. A maximum of six credits of courses with an earned grade of Pass or Credit may be transferred. All transfer courses are entered on the transcript with a grade of "P" (passed).