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Master of Science in Education

Curriculum and Instruction


The Department of Educational Foundations & Literacy is home to three Master of Science in Education (MSE) options, three of which are available online:

  • K-12 Education/Curriculum & Instruction
  • Middle Level Education/Curriculum & Instruction
  • Secondary Education/Curriculum & Instruction

The MSE K-12, MSE Middle Level, and MSE Secondary options are designed to address the five propositions of accomplished teaching as prescribed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and are available entirely online, as long as the electives chosen are also offered online.

*This degree is offered entirely online assuming students choose online electives only.

Requirements for Acceptance into the Program

To be accepted, a student must provide evidence of the following:

  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  • submit proof of teacher certification or professional endorsement from any of the 50 states or territories and have graduated from a NCATE or regionally accredited university
  • submit a copy of his/her last summative teaching evaluation (i.e., a PBTE or similar evaluation form), or a letter from a school superintendent, principal or professor attesting to teaching ability and/or graduate studies potential

A student may apply a maximum of six hours of graduate study in EDFL Special Projects courses (students must consult and get consent from their graduate adviser for exceptions). A maximum of twelve graduate semester hours taken prior to the development of a program of study at Central and approved by the student's graduate program adviser may be accepted on a program of study. EDFL 5900 or an adviser-approved alternative research course must be taken within the first 12 hours of a program. EDFL 6110 must be taken after completing a minimum of 24 hours of required course work.

*The GRE is not required for admission into the MSE.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (18 credit hours)

EDFL 5120 Advanced Foundations of Education 3
EDFL 5340 Contemporary Instruction: Theory into Practice 3
EDFL 5400 Differentiation in K-12 Learning Environments 3
EDFL 5410 Advanced Curriculum Development and Assessment
EDFL 5900 Introduction to Research 3
EDFL 6110 Capstone 3

Graduate Electives (6-9 credit hours)

Total Hours: 30 credit hours

Questions About the Program

Dr. Terrell Brown

Program Coordinator


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