The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to accommodate the needs of
both elementary and secondary educators who are certified as classroom teachers. The degree requires completion of 36 credit-hours.
All courses incorporate the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Maryland
Teacher Technology Standards and the Hood College education department’s Institutional
Outcomes. Candidates can choose from the following concentrations to develop skills and
- Elementary Education
- Elementary School Science and Mathematics (with a STEM certificate option)
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
Candidates admitted to the program must have a bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.75 grade
point average on a 4.0 scale from an accredited undergraduate college. To apply for the
program, candidates must meet with a program coordinator to complete an oral interview and
acceptable writing sample.
As candidates complete course requirements, they submit their performance activities as
e-portfolio products in an electronic portfolio system, Chalk and Wire. The e-portfolio is used
to create a personalized collection of artifacts and documents that demonstrate a candidate’s
performance and reflections throughout the program.
After admission into the program, all candidates, regardless of their concentration, must take the courses within the Professional Core Courses block.
Four courses are taken before a student can qualify for degree candidacy which occurs in Phase I. All candidates are required to take EDUC 502 as the first course in the program. An entry and exit survey will be completed by all candidates at data collection points at the beginning and end of their program.
After completion of 12 credits of core coursework with at least a 3.0 grade point average, a candidate qualifies for degree candidacy. At this point, the degree candidate and adviser must meet to finalize plans for completing the program. At this meeting, a Degree Candidacy Form is completed and submitted to the dean of the graduate school for approval.
Candidates must successfully complete all required foundation and content courses with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
The final course in the program is a year-long capstone course, EDUC 597 Action Research Project. Admittance into this course is determined by the program director. The action research project is completed in two semesters, beginning in the fall and ending the following spring. Candidates’ research projects focus on learning or teaching to design and implement an instructional intervention. Data is then gathered and analyzed to generate findings that are shared at an evening roundtable event. Candidates must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in the capstone course to graduate.
Professional core courses (12 credits)
EDUC 502 Technology for Literacy, Leadership and Learning
EDUC 577 Introduction to Educational Research
EDUC 581 Research-based Teaching, Learning, Assessment
EDUC 582 Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society
Phase II: Content-specific coursework (21 credits)
The remaining courses completed in this phase will vary based upon the chosen concentration.
Phase III: Intensive collaborative practice (3 credits)
EDUC 597 Action Research Project
This year-long course provides the opportunity to explore and address specific classroom issues in an action research framework. Culminating events include participation in an action research roundtable where project results are shared with the college community.
Judith Sherman, Ed.D.,
Program Director and Associate Professor of Education
Special Education and Secondary Coordinator