2018-2019 Catalog 
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2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum and Instruction, MA

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The Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction 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 MA 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 the role and uses of technology in curriculum and instruction and its 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: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Science Education, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, Instructional Technology, Leadership.

For information on our Teacher Education Licensure Program (TELP), go to the Teacher Education Licensure Program  .


  • Mark Malone, Ph.D., Department Chair, Professor
  • Katie Anderson-Pence, Ph.D., Program Coordinator IEE, Assistant Professor
  • Linda Button, Ed. D., Assistant Chair, Senior Instructor
  • Timothy Callahan, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Grant Clayton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Beth Cutter, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Lissanna Follari, Ph.D., Program Coordinator IECE, Assistant Professor
  • Barbara Frye, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Associate Professor
  • Leslie Grant, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Mary Hanson, M.A., Instructor
  • Kylie Swanson Hoyle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Christi Kasa, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • Scott Kupferman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Laura Marshall, M.A., Senior Instructor
  • Anita Nigam, Ph.D., Instructor
  • Pat McGuire, Ph.D., Co-Director UCCSTeach Program, Associate Professor 
  • Ji Hyun Oh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Monica Yoo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Application and Admissions Process

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Course Requirements

Core Content - 12 Credit Hours

All C&I Master’s degree students complete a core of work that asks them to do the following:

  • Examine educational issues from the perspective of their social context
  • Become intelligent consumers of research and apply research to their instructional settings

To this end, the degree requires these core courses:

* To be taken as the FINAL Course. (Prerequisite: LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research and Statistics)

Elective Coursework - 9 Credit Hours

Students may choose from any graduate course selection in the College of Education including the areas of:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Science Education
  • Literacy
  • Technology
  • Special Education
  • Counseling
  • Leadership

Cognate Area - 9 Credit Hours

Choose 9 credit hours from the following cognate areas:

Gifted & Talented:

Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE):

Science Education:

Leadership, Research & Foundations:

Special Education:

Instructional Technology:

Course Rotations

For a complete listing of course rotation between campus-based and online-based, consult the list of course rotations.

MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This degree program prepares pre-service and inservice teachers to work with students who are learning English as a second or additional language.  Educators working with individuals, small groups or whole classes of English Language Learners (ELLs) will benefit from this program. Teachers who have a teaching license from the Colorado Department of Education may use this opportunity to earn an endorsement in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The MA degree is 30 semester hours or ten courses. The first eight courses (24 semester hours) are applicable to the CLD Endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education. The last two courses are the research classes that complete the MA in TESOL. Also available is the four-course (12 credit hours) Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language Certificate (online only, TESL/TEFL).

Application and Admissions Requirement

Please visit our website for admissions information.

Course Requirements

MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy (33 Credit Hours)

The Curriculum and Instruction Department recently received approval for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy. The program revision will encompass emphasis in both reading and writing. The program will include core foundation courses that are college-wide offerings and courses that are specific graduate-level in literacy. In addition, we plan to offer a “tiered” program in which MA students could continue, if desired, their coursework and receive Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist endorsements from the state. 

Application and Admissions Process

Visit our website for requirements. A full information packet may also be viewed or downloaded here: MA Literacy Information.

Course Requirements

MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education

The program in Science Education is designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their science teaching skills or become leaders in the field of science education. It is appropriate for teachers at all levels (K-12) who wish to learn more about applying contemporary science teaching strategies in their schools.

The program is designed to provide classroom teachers with a sound background in current science education research, theory, standards, and practice. Emphasis is placed on utilization of inquiry strategies, manipulative activities, and science process skills as a basis for science instruction. Teachers completing this program will be prepared to: teach science in a self-contained setting, serve as science teachers for schools utilizing departmentalization, serve as science resource teachers at the school or district level, or pursue an advanced degree in science education.

Note: This program is not designed to lead to teacher licensure.

Application and Admissions Requirements

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Course Requirements

Science Education - 12-18 Credit Hours

Science Methodology courses offered through the College of Education.

Education - 12-18 Credit Hours

Includes core courses required by the Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), M.A. degree:

Letters, Arts, and Sciences Courses - 0-6 Credit Hours

Includes LAS graduate courses, and a limited number of 3000 and 4000 level LAS courses.

Note: Students should consult with their program advisor to assure that courses selected are appropriate for credit in the Science Education program.


The Curriculum and Instruction Masters degree specializing in Science Education can be completed in only 30 hours. Schedules are designed to meet the needs of busy teachers.

Science Education courses are offered spring, summer, and fall terms. Students may work on coursework throughout the year in courses offered by the UCCS College of Education.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, most courses are offered in the evening to accommodate the schedules of working teachers.

IT Online Certificate Program

This online certificate prepares teachers at all levels to use technology to enhance their teaching methodologies and reach the next generation of learners, who expect to learn using technology. The program consists of 12 credit hours. All courses are offered in a convenient online format and will transfer into our Online Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

For more information, please visit our website.

TESL TEFL Certificate Program

The Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) Certificate Program consists of four core courses that will give you the foundation and knowledge necessary to work with ELLs. These four courses can be applied toward the 24 credit hour Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement (CLDE) endorsement and MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) program.

For more information, please visit our website.

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