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The Master of Education in curriculum and instruction features evidence-based research to promote the expansion of the skills and knowledge professionals need in diverse EC-12 educational settings. A holistic approach through theory, research and practical application allows students to develop multitiered skills within their concentration to best meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. This online graduate degree is designed to increase the opportunities and career options for professionals within public, private, nonprofit and corporate EC-12 educational settings.

AY24 Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program Handbook

Core Curriculum

All concentrations must complete the 15 hours (five courses) of core curriculum in addition to the concentration area hours.

Course and Number Course Description
CIED 5300 Foundations of Research in Educational Settings
CIED 5301

Methods of Teaching in Diverse Educational Settings

CIED 5302 Designing and Evaluating Curriculum
CIED 5303 Assessment, Data Analysis and Student Support
CIED 5304 Capstone Project

Concentration Areas

Early Childhood

In addition to the core curriculum hours, the early childhood concentration requires 18 hours specializing in early childhood to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills that are focused on all early childhood educational environments. A three-hour elective is required.

Course and NumberCourse Description
ECED 5300Foundations of Early Childhood
ECED 5310Early Childhood Play and Learning
ECED 5320Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
ECED 5335Math and Science in Early Childhood
ECED 5345Leaders and Advocates in Early Childhood
ECED 5315Curriculum in Early Childhood


K-12 Instructional Coach

In addition to the core curriculum hours, the K-12 instructional coach concentration requires 18 hours in a variety of curriculum and instruction courses to prepare the candidate to effectively serve a district as an instructional coach or in curriculum development. A three-hour elective is required.

Course and NumberCourse Description
CIED 5305Becoming a Teacher Leader
CIED 5306Social Studies in the Elementary School
CIED 5307Elementary STEM Teaching 1
CIED 5308Elementary STEM Teaching 2
READ 5308Foundations of Language and Literacy
ELED 5341ESL/Bilingual Teaching Methods


Reading Specialist

In addition to the core curriculum hours, the reading specialist concentration requires 21 hours of reading specialist courses designed to develop the candidate’s knowledge and skills that will culminate in a Texas Reading Specialist certification. One completed year of teaching and application to the Educator Preparation Program is required.

Course and NumberCourse Description
READ 5308Foundations of Language and Literacy
READ 5310Curriculum and Instruction
READ 5312Assessment, Instruction and Evaluation with Practicum Hours
READ 5314Professional Learning and Leadership with Practicum Hours
READ 5316Disciplinary Literacy
READ 5318Creating Literate Environments
READ 5328Practicum in Instructional Coaching


Program Administrative Support:

Coordinator: Dr. Susan Reily
Phone: 936.468.2904


Department of Education Studies
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Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center
Room 209

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13017, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962