Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction

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Master of Education(MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is intended to provide you with the opportunity to implement an appropriate pedagogical response to the major cultural, demographic, technological, and value-oriented issues involved in restructuring education within your classroom. The ability to utilize advanced learning theories and educative design to adjust curriculum and instruction in response to current research, educational trends and knowledge of assessment procedures is emphasized. This program does not meet Missouri requirements for building-level administrative certification.

Program Advantages

At William Woods University master of education programs are designed for working individuals. The cohort model allows students to develop lasting relationships with peers focused on pursing similar career goals. Cohorts are situated in convenient locations around Missouri and once accepted into the program you are registered for all courses listed on your cohort calendar. Tuition is maintained at the same rate, providing there is no interruption in enrollment. William Woods University students consistently score well on the state leader assessment tests.

Who is this program designed for?

The master of education (MEd) in curriculum and instruction program is designed for teachers with an interest in staying current in instructional and curricular issues in pk-12 schools.

What will this program do for me?

The program is designed to help prepare the teacher for National Board Certification by using the National Board Professional Teaching Standards as the focal point of the curriculum. It will also focus on pedagogy, current research, and educational trends.

Master of Education Pogram Alumni:

William Woods University master of education in curriculum and instruction program alumni are employed in school districts across the State of Missouri.

Master of Education Graduate Employers Include:

  • Jefferson City Public Schools
  • Thornfield School District, Thornfield, MO
  • Braymer School District, Kansas City, MO
  • Bowling Green School District, St. Louis, MO

Master of Education Accreditations

  • Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (teacher certification programs)
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) (The School District Administration Program—MEd degree programs)

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • A 500-word essay describing your professional experiences and explaining how this degree will help you achieve your career goals
  • Current resume or summary of work experience
  • Official transcripts (2.5 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university you graduated from

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EDU500 Current Issues in Education

This course is designed to provide educators and non-educators with a broad understanding and better perspective of current issues facing the educational community, i.e. students, teachers, schools, and our nation as a whole. The course will focus on a lively discourse and reflection of the many issues currently facing public education, school reform, and teacher education reform, etc. The course will serve as a platform for bridging the gap between goals, principles, theories, philosophies, and methodologies in the educational process and the real world of the classroom and teaching. By discussing educational issues, it is hoped the practitioner’s outlook, thought processes, understanding, and repertoire of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and strategies will be expanded and enlightened when faced with those issues. 3 Credits

EDU556 Action Research I

This course is designed for the student with an emphasis major in the Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed. C&I) program. The student will select a topic, design and begin an action research project. Experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental designs will be used that include historical, naturalistic study, and/or ethnography. Processes to determine and use basic statistical data through computations will be incorporated based on the course materials introduced in EDU520, Research Design. The student will also examine self-selected theoretical literature and its relevant pedagogical strategies for the purpose of designing an appropriate study that can be used in a school classroom or any educational setting. The student will write a report suitable for publication in an applied journal following APA writing style (6th Ed.). 1 Credit—Students will be enrolled in this course three times throughout the program.

EDU580 Educational Technology (Online)

Through reading, reflective writing, and hands-on activities or practices, this course is designed to help practicing educators become aware of the current status of educational technologies for curricular enhancement, professional development, instructional management, administrative application, basic telecommunication infrastructure, and teaching tools. 3 Credits

EDU520 Research Design

This course is designed for all emphasis majors in the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program. It emphasizes knowledge of various issues and simple statistical procedures used in educational research and program evaluation. Equal emphasis is given to qualitative and quantitative techniques. Experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental designs will be used, including historical, naturalistic study, and/or ethnography. Processes to determine and use basic statistical data through computations will also be introduced. 3 Credits

EDU510 Advanced Learning Theories

This course focuses on theory and research on human learning. The topics addressed in this course are: constructivism, situated cognition, implicit theories, brain development, apprenticeships, peer collaboration, distance education, and E-learning. 3 Credits

EDU530 Improvement of Instruction

This is an advanced course in theory, process, and application of research-based strategies, curriculum, instructional methods and practices. Foundational and contemporary classroom instructional methodology, theories, and strategies will be investigated, explored, and applied to respective classroom situations and students’ personal experiences through exercises.

Current educational practices and issues are explored and addressed through the text, cooperative discussions, collaborative inquiry, and cooperative and individual learning projects. Investigation into the roles of educators (as learners, researchers, managers, and providers of successful and effective instruction) is presented throughout this course to provide a broad knowledge base, as well as personal and professional growth in the area of improved instructional practices.

EDU585 School Law

This course is organized to provide prospective, as well as practicing educational leaders, policymakers, and teachers, with the legal knowledge that will enable them to conduct and operate school organizations effectively within the boundaries of constitutional, statutory, and case law. The course will focus on the law related to public education. Relevant constitutional, statutory, and case law pertaining to various aspects of education, as well as major legal issues and principles of law surrounding those aspects, will be presented and discussed. The public school laws of Missouri will also comprise a learning component of this course. 3 Credits

EDU590 Appraisal of Student Learning

This course focuses on aspects of assessment that most concern Missouri educators. Understanding of course content is developed through a variety of in-class and homework activities, discussion, facilitator presentations, and related readings. The course covers the Missouri Assessment Program and its effect on Missouri schools; integrating performance assessment in daily classroom activities; selecting, interpreting and utilizing standardized tests; developing quality classroom assessments; and preparing students to participate in district assessment programs. 3 Credits

EDU540 Literacy Instruction

This course focuses on enabling teachers to implement a thoughtful, balanced approach to teaching reading and writing across the disciplines. Focus on current resources in the field of literacy will be an integral part of the teaching/learning experience. Public school classroom practice of these techniques is expected. 3 Credits

EDU550 Curriculum Construction

This course examines trends and relevant research in each of the four core subject areas and identifies appropriate resources for teaching in each of these disciplines. The student will design integrated curricula for selected grade levels, emphasizing his or her own field of responsibility. 3 Credits

EDU596 Action Research II

This course provides for the study of issues related to effective curriculum design and instructional practices. The student will examine the literature of self-selected theoretical issues and their relevant pedagogical strategies to design an appropriate study that can be carried out in the student’s classroom. The student will then write an action research paper suitable for publication in an applied journal following APA writing style (6th Ed.). 6 Credits

Capstone Requirements

Students enrolled in the capstone course will create a portfolio demonstrating their proficiency on each of the National Board Professional Teaching Standards. Students will also be required to do an Action Research Paper as well as reflections on each artifact included in the portfolio.

Next Steps

Making Education Accessible for Working Professionals

WWU programs can be brought to any community within Missouri and select communities in Arkansas. We would appreciate the opportunity to bring a degree program to your hometown. If there is interest in your area, call 1.800.995.3199 or email today!

How do I get started?

Visit us at to inquire about or apply to one of our evening programs. After you submit your information, you will be contacted by an enrollment representative to discuss the opportunities in your area.

How do I apply?

Visit us at to complete the FREE online application.

Is there a program starting near me?

To view an orientation schedule, visit us at or contact us directly at 1.800.995.3199 or

How do I register for classes?

After you have been accepted into your program of study, you will be registered for all courses listed on your cohort calendar. Your academic adviser will answer any questions about potential schedule changes once you have started the program.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available to most students. To start this quick and easy process, simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at, and enter the WWU school code 002525.