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Program Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Examine the theoretical foundation of curriculum and instruction based on the philosophical, historical, psychological, and social foundations of the field.
  • Examine how curriculum models are utilized in the educational environment.
  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in conceptions of culture, race, ethnic group, and minority groups related to curriculum and instruction.
  • Evaluate the various models of teaching, the historical context within which the models were developed, and the importance of individual differences and diversity in the selection of appropriate teaching models.
  • Examine curriculum development, measurement, policies of inclusion, and the effects of culture to improve educational programs in diverse classrooms.
  • Express key concepts and theories related to curriculum and instruction, in written form, utilizing prescribed essay criteria.
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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education online degree program in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to provide the theories, principles and practices to educational professionals interested in curriculum and instruction.

The Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction is:

  • a self-paced learning program;
  • completed off-campus;
  • online learning format;
  • not structured in semesters, quarters or terms; and
  • designed to allow students to begin their online Curriculum and Instruction studies at any time of the year.

**Military students and some employers require students to complete courses on a per term basis.  Please contact our Admissions Department for additional information.  

The Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction requires students to complete a total of 39 semester units comprised of the following:

  • 13 core courses

**Requirements are fulfilled through coursework completed at California Coast University and coursework completed at other recognized educational institutions.  Previously completed coursework will be evaluated to determine all applicable transfer credit.  

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education; or, a Bachelor’s Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

    Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) Core Courses

    Courses required are listed below. Please click on the course to read a description.

    plus-sign EDU 501 Integrating Technology into Teaching

    3 Semester Units

    Integrating technology into teaching provides students with information about using the Internet and other technological resources when designing curriculum. New technology trends in learning environments, data collection tools, and productivity software are explored, and how to use modern technology in professional development and teaching various subject areas will be discussed.

    Course Objectives

    • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    • Analyze appropriate Internet resources to use in designing curriculum.
    • Critique technology trends that will shape learning environments in the future.
    • Assess popular uses for technology in the curricula for language arts, foreign language, science, math and social studies.

     

    plus-sign EDU 507 Cultural Issues in Education

    3 Semester Units

    Understanding cultural issues in education and the need for culturally responsive teaching in schools today is of considerable importance. Specifically, this course will focus on the impact of diversity, including race, culture, ethnicity, gender, and exceptionality. Additionally, this course will review class and socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, language, religion, geography, and age.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Differentiate between the concepts of ethnicity and race in the classroom.
    • Examine how gender influences schooling and classrooms.
    • Analyze the interaction of religion with gender, sexual orientation, and race.
    • Evaluate the cultural issues influencing adolescence and young adulthood in relation to schooling.

     

    plus-sign EDU 510 Models of Teaching

    3 Semester Units

    Models of Teaching explores a variety of teaching models and curriculum theories to help increase student capacity for personal growth, social growth, and academic learning. Application of theories to classroom utilization is emphasized to help educators be able to construct vital and effective learning environments for their students.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate the context in which students achieve personal growth, social growth, and academic learning.
    • Explain the historical context within which various models of teaching were developed.
    • Describe different models of teaching.
    • Examine different models of teaching.
    • Discuss the implications of individual differences and diversity on the selection of appropriate teaching models.

     

     

    plus-sign EDU 521 Psychology Applied to Teaching

    3 Semester Units

    Psychology applied to teaching provides an overview of theories and research in the field. The student is encouraged to develop an understanding of personal paradigms of teachers and students. Learning theories, stages of human development, educational opportunities, and teaching strategies that support a diverse student population are reviewed.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the human intellectual process and variables that influence teaching and learning.
    • Examine theories of development, including cognitive and moral development.
    • Describe classroom management techniques, motivational theories, assessment strategies and effective teaching practices.

     

     

    plus-sign EDU 524 Curriculum Design and Evaluation

    3 Semester Units

    Curriculum design and instruction provides an analysis of curriculum development and methods for aligning course content to goals and evaluation procedures. The philosophical, historical, psychological, and social foundations of curriculum will be explored to help students better understand how curriculum models might be utilized in an ever changing and emerging educational environment.

    Course Objectives

     

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Explain how theory and practice can be integrated into the planning of curriculum.
    • Understand how gender influences teaching and schooling.
    • List the major components of curriculum design. Understand how planning curriculum relates to implementation.
    • Describe the roles that educators and non-educators can play in evaluation.
    • Explain why multicultural education is a central curriculum issue.

     

     

    plus-sign EDU 526 Supervision of Instruction

    3 Semester Units

    Supervision of Instruction reviews ways to improve educational programs in diverse classrooms through the use of supervision and leadership. Basic concepts of curriculum development, measurement, policies of inclusion, the achievement gap, and the effects of culture are explained. Administrative skills that promote equal learning opportunities in the classroom are also reviewed.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Relate the knowledge, interpersonal skills, and technical skills necessary for effective supervision.
    • Examine the ways of integrating organizational tasks and teacher needs in order to promote student learning.
    • Analyze tasks that have a positive effect on teacher development.

     

    plus-sign EDU 540 Career Development

    3 Semester Units

    The purpose of Career Development is to survey the field of career information, career development and career counseling. The information provided will enable the student to conceptualize the three major aspects of the field: career development, career counseling and the changing field of careers and job opportunities. This course emphasizes multicultural considerations and provides for a global perspective.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Analyze the role career development programs can play in the drive for social justice in the U. S.
    • Differentiate among the various approaches to career development assessment.
    • Compare and contrast the strengths and limitations of computers as they relate to career counseling and development.
    • Analyze the problems associated with developing career development programs in post-secondary institutions.

     

    plus-sign EDU 545 Leadership and Technology

    3 Semester Units

    Leadership and technology provides an administrative perspective on the role of instructional technology in the educational setting. It reviews methods of using technology to improve administrative functions, legal and ethical issues regarding educa­tional technology, and funding sources for educational technology.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Distinguish and analyze the stages of computer integration in education from 1980 to the present.
    • Assess the content standards for the major subject areas and how they are advanced by the application and infusion of technology.
    • Evaluate the effects of a technologically infused education on the goals of authentic learning and creative thinking.
    • Survey the range of software and web-based resources which have evolved to support the integration of technology in education.

     

    plus-sign EDU 546 Public Policy

    3 Semester Units

    Public policy reviews educational policy from a micro and macro perspective. In addition, it reviews the general concepts of public policy, and looks at the socioeconomic context of the school, as it relates to economics, demographics, politics, culture and values. It also analyzes the policy process, the key players, and the typical issues involved, as well as a historical perspective to aid in understanding the current education reform climate.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Examine the dimensions of educational policy in the United States.
    • Analyze the politics of policy as it plays out at the local, state, and federal levels.
    • Trace the progress of educational conditions and issues as they become translated into policy proposals, enacted, implemented and evaluated.
    • Track the evolution of educational policy through the major periods of American educational history.

     

    plus-sign EDU 547 Legal Aspects of Education

    3 Semester Units

    Legal Aspects of Education covers the historical and contemporary legal issues affecting the organization and administration of schools in America. School safety, cyberbullying, copyright law and use of media are covered extensively. Additionally, isolation and restraining laws involving students with disabilities, landmark cases involving equal pay, strip searches, and freedom of expression, truancy and school vouchers—virtually every topic of concern to today’s educators—is covered with integrated cases.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Describe the legal framework in which school districts operate.
    • Identify school law issues currently faced by school administrators.
    • Examine the functions of school board and district administrators in policy making.
    • Understand the legal implications recognizing diversity in a multi-cultural society.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the California Education Code and other related legal documents.
    • Make ethically grounded administrative decisions.

     

    plus-sign EDU 548 Global Perspectives in Curriculum

    3 Semester Units

    This course emphasizes diversity within and across ethnic groups to help educators understand the interactions between students’ cultural and individual differences. Multicultural education focuses on culture, class, race, and gender as a foundation of ethnic diversity and community in the United States, with an emphasis on global connections.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Assess when, why, and how multicultural education originated.
    • Appraise the major dimensions of a comprehensive approach to multicultural education: equity pedagogy (focus on students), curriculum reform (focus on content), multicultural competence (focus on teachers), and social justice (focus on society).
    • Consider the case for multicultural education in terms of national goals for academic excellence, the needs of a culturally diverse society, survival in an interconnected world, and our nation’s democratic values.
    • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in conceptions of culture, race, ethnic group, and minority group.
    • Judge the importance of both individual differences and cultural differences in the teaching and learning process.
    • Evaluate our need to address the nation’s “Achievement Gap” that is due to inequitable educational opportunities rooted in the legacy of racism and unfair socioeconomic conditions.

     

    plus-sign GRM 597 The Research Process

    3 Semester Units

    This is a required course for Master’s Degree students to develop an understanding of various research methods. The course provides guidance in planning research strategy, documentation of research data and design of a defensible study. It also explores and analyzes examples of research from many different disciplines, development and use of computer-aided research and writing skills and logical argumentation techniques in stating and defending research data.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate competencies comparable to those achieved within traditional institutions of higher learning that require resident instruction and evaluation.
    • Exhibit a broad comprehension of research methodologies utilized in the social sciences, health sciences, government, business, and other related fields.
    • Analyze, synthesize and evaluate the knowledge acquired in this subject area and apply it in practical situations.

     

    plus-sign EDU 599 Strategic Issues Management: Capstone

    3 Semester Units

    Strategic Issues Management: Capstone focuses on the processes of change confronting today's education professionals. Students will integrate knowledge acquired across their master's program and demonstrate an understanding of the various theories, research in the field and methods utilized by educational administrators today. In addition, the course provides methods for administrators to identify the educational needs of society, implica­tions for schooling, and practical applications for the educational institution.  

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Explain the recent educational initiatives proposed by the government.
    • Understand the major challenges for educators in the 21st century.
    • Explain that criticisms of developmentally appropriate practice.
    • Describe the misconceptions about cultural diversity.
    • Explain the cultural dilemmas teachers face in the 21st century.

     

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