Online Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed | University of Nebraska at Kearney

Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Elementary Education)

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

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    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed), with an emphasis in Elementary Education program is designed to prepare you with best practice knowledge to develop and assess curricula to maximize student learning in the K-6 classroom.

Through coursework, students gain:

  • Knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum.
  • Greater expertise in the area of elementary education in the K-6 setting.
  • Credentials for career advancement.

More about the Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed Program:

The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. The program requires four core courses covering areas of research, democracy, diversity and technology in accordance with the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Course options are available for students who already have a teaching permit as well as those seeking to qualify for a transitional teaching permit through the Curriculum and Instruction program.

The Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed program offers the following specializations:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Instructional Effectiveness
  • Montessori Early Childhood
  • Montessori - Elementary I
  • Reading/Special Education
  • School Librarian
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Secondary Education
  • Transitional Certification

Career Outlook: 

Curriculum specialists support teachers by providing foundation materials for courses and giving constructive feedback on how teachers are implementing those materials. Sometimes they are called instructional coordinators.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers effectiveness.

This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (a merger of TEAC and NCATE).
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Jane Strawhecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Department Chair, Professor

Jane Strawhecker has taught elementary education for more than 10 years and is passionate about teaching the next generation of teachers. She has received the Pratt-Heins Foundation Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching and received recognition from the Disability Services Office.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. A professional biography

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 10
Spring Semester
November 10
Summer Sessions
April 10

Program of study includes 12 credit hours electives; available course examples listed.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Education Research3

Course Number: TE 800

This introductory online course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice.

TE 803Philosophy of Education3

Course Number: TE 803

Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.

TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3

Course Number: TE 804

Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.

TE 805POverview of Assistive Technology3

Course Number: TE 805P

This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored.

TE 816GPracticum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum3

Course Number: TE 816G

This course focuses on the application of the knowledge and skills in the student's Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program and Concentration Area. The course includes the development of an instructional project involving the collection and analysis of P-12 student learning data and also includes supervised teaching.

TE 845Contemporary Theory & Practice in Reading3

Course Number: TE 845

This course will provide students with an opportunity to investigate the theoretical background of the reading process and analyze instructional practices in developmental reading at the elementary school level.

TE 853CImprovement of Instruction in Elementary School Language Arts3

Course Number: TE 853C

Attention is directed to the newest innovations in language arts instruction and to the selection of materials for diagnostic and instructional programs. Students will evaluate the various teaching techniques through a comparative study of current programs in elementary language arts.

TE 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers3

Course Number: TE 886P

This course is a general introductory course for using computers and other technology to promote student learning. Students will learn how to integrate computer-based instruction programs into their curriculum and be introduced to electronic library and other on-line resources. In addition, students will investigate other current hardware and software technologies for use in teaching and learning.

TE 899PSpecial Topics: Improvement of Mathematics - Primary Grades1-3

Course Number: TE 899P

This course serves identified needs and interests of specific target groups. Content of the course, dates, and time arrangements are determined by the Department of Teacher Education.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 807PMultiple Intelligences: Theories into Practice3

Course Number: TE 807P

This course is focused on practical application of the use of multiple intelligences and "brain compatible" approaches in the design and development of instructional activities and assessment strategies in the K-12 curriculum.

TE 810Design and Development of Instruction3

Course Number: TE 810

This course focuses on the principles of instructional design and how to apply these principles in instructional development projects. The course utilizes a systems approach to the instructional design process by focusing on a series of interrelated procedures and techniques to design, develop, implement, and evaluate instruction for diverse learners. Formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use of resulting data to inform learning and teaching will be emphasized.

TE 815PThe Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction3

Course Number: TE 815P

This course is designed to provide participants with research and experience based information, strategies, techniques and "hands-on" activities they can use to improve and enrich the quality of their teaching and to increase the probability of learning and success of their students.

TE 826Content Methods & Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language3

Course Number: TE 826

This course has been designed to present content methods and teaching strategies to promote inclusion of English Language Learners (ELLs) in regular K-12 classrooms. As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) and the school assessments which include English Language Learners, mainstream and ESL teachers face increasingly demanding accountability standards. In most cases, ELLs are tested on content areas after one year in school. In other words, ELLs can no longer be treated as "invisible" students. The issue of access to knowledge, one of the bedrocks in the renewed teacher education program at UNK, critical for schools facing these accountability standards. This course will also focus on the twin goals of helping ELLs learn social (BICS) and academic (CALPS) English while providing content instruction. These are daunting tasks and as any ESL teacher will tell you, these goals are not always achieved because of the many compromises forced upon students and teachers by an educational system that has traditionally not had to deal with linguistic diversity.

TE 846Diagnosis/Correction of Reading Difficulties3

Course Number: TE 846

This course focuses on the development of an understanding of the relationship of the psychological factors and individual remedial instruction in reading. A comprehensive study is made of selected diagnostic tests and remedial procedures.

TE 848Assessment and Remediation in Elementary School Mathematics3

Course Number: TE 848

This class will emphasize diagnosis of basic mathematics computation errors; types of errors will be illustrated, and suggested corrective procedures will be explored. Error patterns are based on incorrectly-learned mathematical concepts. The corrective procedures for developing or redeveloping those basic mathematical concepts and development of remediation materials will be taught.

TE 850Elementary School Curriculum3

Course Number: TE 850

This class focuses on the principles and trends in elementary curriculum development and a study of the various types of curricula in the elementary school as related to organization patterns. Procedures for continuous evaluation and improvement of local elementary curricula are stressed, including administration and supervision factors and relationship to the affected areas of curriculum.

TE 853DImprovement of Instruction in Elementary School Science3

Course Number: TE 853D

An examination of current literature and practices is made relative to science content, methods, and materials in elementary school science.

TE 853EImprovement of Instruction in Elementary School Social Studies3

Course Number: TE 853E

Students completing this course will have an opportunity to examine current literature and programs in elementary social studies and to reevaluate their teaching of the social studies.

TE 854Reading in the Content Areas3

Course Number: TE 854

Students completing this course will have an opportunity to examine the nature of the reading process and the kinds of particular problems teachers in content areas of middle and secondary school face daily. It will also provide the teacher with the ability to apply specific strategies in helping those students having difficulty reading the materials necessary for specific content areas.

TE 876Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources3

Course Number: TE 876

This course will focus on the practical application of theories of instruction and technology integration; models of teaching; curriculum design; research paradigms; and, studies and findings related to curriculum integration of technology in teaching effectiveness for P-16 educators.

TE 896Thesis3-6

Course Number: TE 896

Student investigates a research problem related to special education, following APA style of reporting the research. The student enrolls with the faculty member directing the thesis. One to 6 credit hours per semester, with a total of 6 hours.

TE 899PSpecial Topics: Advanced Instruction1-3

Course Number: TE 899P

This course serves identified needs and interests of specific target groups. Content of the course, dates, and time arrangements are determined by the Department of Teacher Education.

TE 899PSpecial Topics: Differentiated Instruction for Inclusive Settings1-3

Course Number: TE 899P

This course serves identified needs and interests of specific target groups. Content of the course, dates, and time arrangements are determined by the Department of Teacher Education.

TESE 863Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilites3

Course Number: TESE 863

This course is designed to address the wide range of instructional needs of students with disabilities. Students will learn to synthesize and evaluate research on instructional techniques for classroom application. Academic instructional interventions will be emphasized. Students will apply their knowledge of lesson development and classroom management strategies. Contains a field component.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $309.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $361.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $927.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1083.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $435.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $487.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1305.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1461.75

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