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The online Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed), with an emphasis in Secondary Education program is designed to provide teachers with best practice teaching and assessment methodologies to maximize student learning outcomes.
Through coursework, students gain:
- Knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum.
- Preparation to integrate instructional strategies and technology for the 7-12 classroom.
- 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
- Secondary Education
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Secondary Education
- Transitional Certification
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, 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.
Martonia Gaskill's teaching and research interests revolve around teacher education, technology integration, online learning and collaboration in online environments, mobile learning and digital cheating. She currently serves as the director of the Curriculum & Instruction master's program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and in different university and state-level committees related to improving education through technology and mobile learning. Gaskill teaches online graduate courses in general education and instructional technology.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all previous schools
A professional biography
To apply to this program:
- Complete and submit the online application for admissions
- Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
- Fall Semester
- July 10
- Spring Semester
- November 10
- Summer Sessions
- April 10
Program of study include 3-9 hours elective credit; available course examples listed. Students must also take 12-18 additional hours from a content area (business, history, English, math, Science, etc.) as approved by an adviser.
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.
|Philosophy of Education||3|
Course Number: TE 803
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
|Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education||3|
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.
|Overview of Assistive Technology||3|
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.
|Technology Tools for Teachers||3|
Course Number: TE 886P
This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
|Multiple Intelligences: Theories Into Practice||3|
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.
|Design and Development of Instruction||3|
Course Number: TE 810
This course deals with 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.
|The Effective Teacher: Enhancing Classroom Instruction||3|
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.
|Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Practicum||3|
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.
|Content Methods & Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language||3|
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.
|Reading in the Content Areas||3|
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.
|Integration of Curriculum, Technology and Media Resources||3|
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.
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.
|Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities||3|
Course Number: TESE 863
The course is designed to address the instructional needs of students with disabilities. Students will learn to synthesize 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 through an action research project. 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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What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
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Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.