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The College of Education prepares skilled professionals who inspire excellence and create transformative change in the schools and communities in which they serve by enhancing scholarship, achievement, and service through collaborative partnerships, promoting and modeling innovative, ethical, and research - based practices and, embracing inclusion and social justice.

Philosophical Framework

The philosophical foundation of the Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is designed to provide professional educators increased knowledge of current research on teaching and learning and its contexts and to apply that research in practice. The degree provides an opportunity for teachers to focus on an area of interest and to develop increased skills and knowledge in that area.

The College of Education prepares skilled professionals who inspire excellence and create transformative change in the schools and communities in which they serve by enhancing scholarship, achievement, and service through collaborative partnerships, promoting and modeling innovative, ethical, and research - based practices and, embracing inclusion and social justice.

Goals

The overarching goals of the College of Education seek to:

  • Ensure high quality preparation of education and counseling professionals
  • Engage in research - based inquiry and practice
  • Embrace diversity through action
  • Proactively collaborate with the community
  • Provide continual professional growth opportunities
  • Infuse and enhance the use of technology

The mission and goals of the College of Education and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction guide graduate students to not only develop and enhance the knowledge and skills expected in graduate study, but also to provide a meaningful structure for supporting the essential elements of each program. The model assumes that professional educators will serve as instructional leaders within their school lettings and that learning to teach is a developmental process. Teachers enhance their instructional leadership skills by:

  1. Increasing the professional knowledge base
  2. Reflecting on practice.

The Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction is a thirty (30) - semester hour program designed for licensed, practicing teachers who desire to continue developing their professional expertise. Candidates complete a core of academic work requiring

  1. Examination of educational issues from the perspective of social context and culturally responsive pedagogy;
  2. Investigation and analysis of curricular design and models of teaching;
  3. Examination and analysis of seminal and current research and application of research in instructional settings;
  4. Consideration of and for the role and uses of technology in Curriculum & Instruction and implementation in the classroom. Further, the selection of a cognate emphasis area allows students to concentrate their coursework in an area of instruction in which they wish to develop a particular expertise (Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Special Education, Counseling and Human Services and Leadership.)

General MA Admissions Checklist

Complete the electronic online application: http://www.uccs.edu/~apply/

Obtain three letters of reference

Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended

Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements)

Current résumé

Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure

Interview with department faculty member

Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program.

**If you have questions about the program before or during the Admissions process, or would like more programmatic information, call 719-255-4996 or education@uccs.edu

*Additional items of note for International applicants:

      • All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes)
      • English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 575‐(paper‐based) or 90‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 280 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Please contact the UCCS Office of International Affairs at: international@uccs.edu or call: 1‐719-255‐7218 to make arrangements to take the ACT/COMPASS® at UCCS.

Masters Degree candidates must demonstrate practical knowledge in the field of teaching along with the research skills and practices necessary for graduate - level work.

To be admitted to the Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, the applicant/candidate must submit and meet the following criteria:

Admissions Requirements
Admissions Decision Points
Baccalaureate Degree Hold a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited, 4 - year institution of higher education with a preference given to students who have successful documentation of high quality undergraduate work in the liberal arts and sciences and in a teaching field and who hold a teaching license.
Application Complete and submit a program application
Grade Point Average (GPA) Document, through official transcripts, a minimum GPA of 2.75 for completed undergraduate work and 3.0 for graduate work.
Professional Goals Statement Demonstrate professional dispositions through development of a personal goal statement (minimum 2 - page, double spaced, word processed)
Interview Requirement Participate in Professional Interview with Department Chair or Department faculty
MA Advising Appointment Schedule an advising appointment (interview and appointment can be done simultaneously) with Department Chair or Department faculty – bring all official transcripts of conferred degrees, course work, and copy of teaching license, if applicable)
Letters of Recommendation Submit three letters of recommendation (one academic, two professional) from professionals with whom you have worked or studied under.
Evidence of Successful Teaching Submit evidence of successful teaching experience (letter from building administrator)
Transfer Credit MA candidates may request (to Department Chair) to transfer in up to 9 semester credits of graduate course work from a regionally accredited, 4 - year institution of higher education if the course work is deemed to be appropriate for the MA in Curriculum & Instruction. All transfer requests must officially document grades of 3.0 or higher in order to be transferred. MA candidates must supply course catalog descriptions and course syllabi for all requested transfer course work.

Acceptance

MA applicants who do not meet the GPA criteria but have shown, through other application materials, the potential to achieve at the graduate level may be afforded provisional acceptance which will be contingent upon receiving a 3.0 or higher on the first 9 credits of graduate work at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Post - Admission Requirements

Following admission to the Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction, candidates may enroll in graduate courses in the College of Education.

MA Program Requirements for Accepted MA CandidatesCriteria
Grade Point Averages Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all coursework throughout the program, including course work taken outside the College of Education.
Cognate Emphasis Areas in the MA in C&I Within the four departments of the College of Education, MA candidates may choose to emphasize course work for their 9 - credit cognate emphasis area in one of the following areas: Counseling & Human Services, Gifted & Talented Education, Leadership, Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education/TESOL, Science, Special Education, Instructional Technology.
Course Delivery Option There are two options for candidates enrolling in the MA in Curriculum & Instruction: Campus - based and online. Online candidates course delivery will be completely online. Campus candidates may enroll in either campus or online courses based on the posted rotating schedule.

Courses for the General MA Curriculum and Instruction

The general Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction requires the following coursework:

MA RequirementsRequired Coursework
Required Core Courses – 12 Semester Credits CURR 5000 - 3 credits
Foundations: History & Research in Curriculum Studies
CURR 5002 - 3 credits
Issues, Strategies, & Models in Curriculum Design
LEAD 5700 - 3 credits
Introduction to Research & Statistics
CURR 5090 - 3 credits
Masters Research Project (To be taken as the FINAL Course)
(Prerequisite: LEAD 5700 - 3 Introduction to Research and Statistics)
Cognate Emphasis Area–9 Semester Credits
(selected from focus area)
CURR 0000 - 3 credits
CURR 0000 - 3 credits
CURR 0000 - 3 credits
Elective Coursework – 9 Semester Credits Students may choose from any graduate course selection in the College of Education including the areas of Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Special Education, Counseling and Human Services and Leadership.

Cognate Areas

Gifted & Talented

Course/Credits/Title
CURR 5201 –3 Foundations of Gifted Education
CURR 5202 –4 The Assessment & Identification of Gifted & Talented Students
CURR 5203 –4 The Psychology of the Gifted:
Social Emotional Need & Special Need Populations
CURR 5215 –3 Gifted Program Leadership

Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE)

Course/Credits/Title
CURR 5700 -3 Introduction to ESL - Multicultural Education
CURR 5701 -3 Materials & Methods in ESL/Multicultural Education
CURR 5703 -3 Methods, Materials, & Theories of Assessment for ELLs

Science Education

Course/Credits/Title
CURR 5501 -3 Exploring the Science Curriculum
CURR 5502 -3 Dev. Manipulative Materials for Science Teaching
CURR 5503 -3 Integrating Reading & Science
CURR 5504 -3 Topics in Teaching Science
CURR 5520 -3 Activities for Teaching Physical Sciences
CURR 5511 -3 Teaching Energy & Environment
CURR 5530 -3 Cutting Edge Science for Cutting Edge Teachers
CURR 5522 -3 Teaching Cosmology
CURR 5514 -3 Activities for Teaching Weather

Counseling & Human Services

Course/Credits/Title
COUN 5040 –3 Human Growth & Development (SU)
COUN 5860 –3 Social & Cultural Foundations (SU)
COUN 5430 –3 Career Development (SP)
COUN 5330 –3 Legal & Ethical Issues (FA)

Leadership, Research, & Foundations

Course/Credits/Title
LEAD 5070 –3 Human Resources Development
LEAD 6120 –3 Educational Policies in a Democratic Society
LEAD 6400 –3 Legal Issues for School Leaders

Special Education

Course/Credits/Title
SPED 5010 -3 Multisensory Structured Language Education
SPED 5012 -3 Differentiated Instruction
CURR 5410-3 Informal Diagnosis of Reading Difficulty
SPED 5003 -3 Classroom and Instructional Management
SPED 5021 -3 Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
SPED 5004 -3 Self - Determination and Transition

Instructional Technology

Course/Credits/Title
CURR 5170 -3 Introduction to Technology
CURR 5171 -3 K - 12 Web Based Educational Resources
CURR 5172 -3 Multimedia Development for K - 12 Education

 
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