Master of Science of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Building on what you already know and do, this program will help you increase the effectiveness of your practice, using your own classroom and students. We offer a two-year option as well as a graduate certificate in curriculum and instruction.

What You'll Learn

Exclusively for practicing teachers, the Master of Science of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Jewell will help you design learning environments, create assessments and plan lessons that enable students with a variety of skill levels and learning profiles to succeed in a standards-based classroom. Drawing on the best thinking about how to promote individual learning through purposeful instruction, this program will help you:

  • Select and implement specific strategies from a range of research-based, effective instructional and assessment practices to target specific learning outcomes.
  • Manage a range of instructional activities within the same classroom when students are all working toward the same objectives but are working at different levels.
  • Study specific aspects of your instructional practice in order to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Provide a professional learning community where you can learn from peers throughout the metro area.

The Program

The core of the Master’s of Science in Education program are the three required research courses through which teachers examine their own teaching practice (EDU 601, 602, 603). You will study the implementation of a new teaching method, strategy or practice of your choice and its effects on student learning outcomes. You then select graduate courses of interest from the remaining graduate Education offerings to complete your degree with an additional 18 credit hours of study.

Courses, schedule and tuition are designed to meet the needs of working teachers:

  • 30 credit M.S.Ed. can be earned in two years.
  • Choose any 5 courses you need to earn a Jewell Graduate Certificate instead of the degree.
  • Hybrid classes that include week-long or weekend summer classes held on-campus.
  • Hybrid classes with amendable schedule during the school year.
  • Cost is $408/credit hour with most courses being 4 credit hours.
  • Payment plan available.


Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction

Select any five courses that contribute to your professional development to earn the Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction. The number of credits required for the certificate will vary between 15 credits and 18 credits depending upon the courses selected. We advise that the research courses be taken in order if those are selected. After you complete the graduate certificate, you may apply to continue to the master’s degree and complete the remaining courses to earn the degree.

Admission Requirements

William Jewell College seeks candidates for this program who desire to be teacher leaders. Applicants must be willing to do action research in his/her own class. Candidates will be critical thinkers of high character who are dedicated to the profession of teaching.

To be admitted to the M.S.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at William Jewell College applicants must meet the following requirements and provide appropriate documentation:

  • Must be a certified educator currently employed in a school with an assigned classroom.
    • Evidence of certification
    • Evidence of employment with a school for the following year
  • Evidence of baccalaureate degree form an accredited college or university with a 3.0 overall grade point average based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student and whether or not credit was awarded.
  • Two professional recommendations: one from administrative supervisor; second from colleague or other supervisor.
  • A completed application form on which the applicant specifies the two-year cohort OR the graduate certificate option.
  • A professional resume/vitae.

    M.S.Ed. Curriculum

    • Course List

      EDU 501 Introduction to Differentiated Instruction (4 credits)

      EDU 502 Differentiated Instruction Toolkit (4 credits)

      EDU 503 Effective Assessment and Date Use to Improve Instruction (4 credits)

      EDU 504 Diverse Learners (4 credits)

      EDU 540 Graduate Seminar in Teaching Methods and Strategies (2-4 credits)

      EDU 541 Graduate Seminar in Assessment (2-4 credits)

      EDU 543 Graduate Seminar in Targeted Student Growth (2-4 credits)

      EDU 544 Graduate Seminar in Maintaining a Productive Classroom Environment (2-4 credits)

      EDU 601 Defining Research in Education (4 credits)

      EDU 602 Teacher Action Research (4 credits)

      EDU 603 Research Analysis, Synthesis and Presentation (4 credits)

      EDU 610 Special Topics in Education (3 credits)

      View the course catalog.

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