Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.S.

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Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.S.
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What is an Education Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum and Instruction?

In the field of education, experienced professionals know there’s always more to learn in order to expand their skillsets and find new methods and practices to become even more effective and impactful educators.

Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, offers a unique Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Curriculum and Instruction for those who have completed their master’s degrees, but want to enhance their education and become specialized in the field of Curriculum and Instruction.

MU students in the EdS in Curriculum and Instruction program take such courses as: Curriculum Development; Curriculum Theory; Theories, Models and Research of Teaching; Social & Political Determinants of Curriculum; and more.

This graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction is offered in the College of Education and Professional Development (COEPD), which is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Why Study Curriculum and Instruction at Marshall?

MU’s EdS degree program is for experienced, post-master’s degree candidates seeking to advance their professional knowledge and application in the area of Curriculum and Instruction.

This graduate degree program is the only one of its kind offered among graduate schools in West Virginia.

Most students in the EdS degree program are experienced classroom teachers; or school, county, and state-level coordinators or administrators in the K-12 system. Others come from various occupation backgrounds such as health and nursing / hospital personnel; community social and behavioral agencies; business, law, and government; and community college and adult technical education settings.

EdS program goals. MU’s graduate program to become an Education Specialist is designed for students to accomplish these goals:

Achieve personal and professional growth as a life-long learner
Use current educational technologies to conduct action research
Obtain current, in-depth knowledge in the area of Curriculum and Instruction
Demonstrate ethical and moral standards in conducting educational research with human subjects
Develop proficiency in technical / research writing for communicating in the specialist discipline

Benefits of an EdS degree. This graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction enables successful candidates to:

Qualify for advancement in an existing professional career
Meet advanced salary classifications within the K-12 education sector
Acquire new positions with a given specialist discipline
Qualify for admission to Marshall University’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction program. [link]

Other candidates may simply wish to pursue this EdS degree for personal and professional accomplishment as lifelong learners.

EdS degree-seekers can complete this 30-credit program full-time in 3-4 semesters. Part-time students can complete the Education Specialist degree anywhere from 5 semesters (taking 6 credit hours per semester) to 10 semesters (taking 3 credit hours per semester).

The EdS program has two curriculum components:

The Core component includes courses in basic research skills. Several of the courses are offered in a hybrid format.
The Content component includes courses in Curriculum and Instruction, some of which are also available in a hybrid format.

Expert faculty. EdS program students learn with excellent faculty members who successfully deliver course content and principles. MU professors are experienced in teaching advanced educational research principles and concepts. The Education Specialist degree program is highly collaborative and engaging.

Gateway to the EdD degree program. The Education Specialist degree program can serve as a gateway to Marshall University’s doctoral (EdD) program in Curriculum and Instruction, given that the requirements in these two programs overlap considerably.

Career Outlook for Curriculum and Instruction

What can you do with an Education Specialist degree?

The Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction degree is not considered a career-based program to seek employment. Instead, the EdS degree program is an opportunity for candidates to prepare for practice in specific professional settings and in related roles such as counseling, classroom teaching, school administration or school psychology.

Education specialist jobs. For the most part, EdS program candidates are seeking to deepen their skills and advance in their current positions or organizations. Most students are already employed in a range of professional career roles, including: school counselors; public school teachers; university, community college and higher education classroom teachers; college personnel in student affairs, admissions, and registration; school administrators and supervisors; social agency personnel; and higher education coordinators and directors.

EdS degree learning outcomes. MU graduates with the EdS degree bring job-ready skills to their professional work, including abilities to:

Apply existing and emerging technologies to plan for or to conduct research
Design plans for investigating an educational issue or problem in a social-behavioral, research context
Acquire current and in-depth content and knowledge in the Curriculum and Instruction specialist discipline
Incorporate ethical, legal and moral standards for designing and conducting educational research with diverse groups.
Develop proficiency in technical writing for preparing quantitative manuscripts and related documents.
Relate the concepts and principles of advanced educational research as a way of thinking and knowing.
Acquire dispositions for personal and professional thinking, productivity and continue inquiry for lifelong learning.

Opportunities for Curriculum and Instruction EdS Candidates

In the College of Education and Professional Development, Marshall students can choose from a wide range of degree and professional development programs, continuing education opportunities, and services that address needs of adult learners who are primarily fully employed students. The College provides professional/technical expertise and is actively involved in addressing regional and state-level educational, mental health and social issues.

In addition to teacher education programs and doctoral programs in Curriculum and Instruction, and Leadership Studies, COEPD offers these service programs: Appalachian Studies Association, West Virginia Autism Training Center, HEART Tutoring Program, June Harless Center for Rural Education Research and Development, Higher Education Learning Program (H.E.L.P.), MU Child Development Academy, MU Early Education Center, MU Computer Based Testing Center, and Professional Development Schools Partnership.

Program Benefits

MU students in the Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction degree program have access to two computer labs on-campus for independent study and to complete course requirements. EdS students also are able to complete selected courses online, which can help with busy work schedules and other responsibilities.

MU students in the EdS degree program also gain research and writing experience through their capstone course, which requires the preparation of a written report, focusing on a research problem, experiment or field project in education. Candidates also prepare an original educational research article that can be submitted to a professional publication. A Technology Issues Report requires Education Specialist candidates to critique published research about instructional technology issues.

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Plan of Study

Core Courses
EDF 703Research Design3
EDF 625Qualitative Research Educ3
or EDF 676 Statistical Methods
CIEC 700Technology and Curriculum3
EDF 711Survey Research in Education3
CI 677Writing Publicatn Prof Ed3
or HUMN 604 Expository Wrtng for Research
Area of Emphasis
CI 701Curriculum Development3
CI 702Curriculum Theories3
CI 703Theory Models & Res. of Teach3
CI 704Soc Cult Pol Determ Curr3
Capstone
EDF 679Problem Report3
Total Credit Hours30
CI 501 Middle Childhood Curric3 Credit hours   

The study of procedures for creating a functional middle childhood curriculum with emphasis upon the needs of middle childhood learners.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 503 Meth Teach Mid Child Grd3 Credit hours   

Study of methods appropriate for teaching in the middle childhood grades and the production and utilization of materials and resources in these grades. Middle school clinical experience is required.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 511 Analysis Teach Early Yrs2 Credit hours   

The analysis and appraisal of teaching strategies employed in the teaching of young children.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 515 Int Meth & Mat: Sec Ed3 Credit hours   

General scaondary/middle school course with emphasis on instructional standards and objectives, methods, and materials of the disciplines. A clinical experience provides observation and teaching.

Co-req: EDF 537
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 517 Classroom Discipline Tech3 Credit hours   

Identification of common classroom discipline problems and techniques for dealing with behavioral incidents in school settings K-12.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 542 Instr & Clrm Mgt in Elem Ed3 Credit hours   

This course allows elementary education students to critically examine a variety of classroom management strategies and educational issues that impact instruction.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 549 Instr & Clrm Mgt Sec Ed3 Credit hours   

Classroom management with an emphasis on practical techni- ques for dealing with management problems in secondary and middle school settings.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 551 Writing to Learn/Content Area3 Credit hours   

Designed to introduce teachers to successful approaches and strategies to foster thinking and learning through writing, and experiment with a variety of approaches and techniques in their classrooms.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 552 WV Writing Project3-6 Credit hours   

Participants will examine problems in the teaching of writing, present and demonstrate approaches to the teaching of writing, study current and past research in the field.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 559 Multicult Influence in Ed3 Credit hours   

Multicultural education with an emphasis on methods and materials for teaching students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 560 Staff Development1-4 Credit hours   

Courses and activities designed to meet the specific in- service need of public school personnel. Credit in these courses may be used for certificate renewal and salary up- grading if approved but not in degree programs.

Attributes: Not Degree Applicable
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
CI 561 Staff Development1-4 Credit hours   

Courses and activities designed to meet the specific in- service need of public school personnel. Credit in these courses may be used for certificate renewal and salary up- grading if approved but not in degree programs. CR/NC grading.

Attributes: Not Degree Applicable
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
CI 562 Staff Development1-4 Credit hours   

Courses and activities designed to meet the specific in- service needs of public school personnel. Credit in these courses may be used for certificate renewal and salary up- grading if approved but not in degree programs. CR/NC grading.

Attributes: Not Degree Applicable
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
CI 563 Staff Development1-4 Credit hours   

Courses and activities designed to meet the specific in- service needs of public school personnel. Credit in these courses may be used for certificate renewal and salary up- grading if approved but not in degree programs. CR/NC grading.

Attributes: Not Degree Applicable
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
CI 564 Staff Development1-4 Credit hours   

Courses and activities designed to meet the specific in- service needs of public school personnel. Credit in these courses may be used for certificate renewal and salary up- grading if approved but not in degree programs. CR/NC grading.

Attributes: Not Degree Applicable
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
CI 580 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 581 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 582 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 583 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 584 Special Topics1-4 Credit hours   
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 585 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Permission of Chair and GPA 3.0 to take class. Limit of 6 hrs. of Independent Study to be used in master's degree program.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 586 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Permission of Chair and GPA 3.0 to take class. Limit of 6 hrs. of Independent Study to be used in master's degree program.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 587 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Permission of Chair and GPA 3.0 to take class. Limit of 6 hrs. of Independent Study to be used in master's degree program.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 588 Independent Study1-4 Credit hours   

Permission of Chair and GPA 3.0 to take class. Limit of 6 hrs. of Independent Study to be used in master's degree program.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 591 Workshop1-4 Credit hours   

A study of practical applications in teacher education and related fields for advanced students and professionals. Ex- perience in new techniques and application of new knowledge.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 592 Workshop1-4 Credit hours   

A study of practical applications in teacher education and related fields for advanced students and professionals. Ex- perience in new techniques and application of new knowledge.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 593 Workshop1-4 Credit hours   

A study of practical applications in teacher education and related fields for advanced students and professionals. Ex- perience in new techniques and application of new knowledge.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 594 Workshop1-4 Credit hours   

A study of practical applications in teacher education and related fields for advanced students and professionals. Ex- perience in new techniques and application of new knowledge.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 609 Curric Modern Elem School3 Credit hours   

Examination of traditional and current assumptions under- giriding the modern elementary school curriculum with emphasis on converting theoretical bases into plans for curriculum change and modernization.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 610 Curric Modern Sec School3 Credit hours   

Analysis of the social and political factors which affect secondary school curriculum and emphasis upon trends and developments in high schools today.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 618 Inform Learn Prim Mid Sch3 Credit hours   

Informal learning in the primary and middle school with em- phasis on the significance of natural child development, learning through games and play, and the British model for infant and junior schools, and related activities for the middle years (ages 10-14) in middle school settings.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 623 Instruct Models Assess Tech3 Credit hours   

Selected teaching models are analyzed with implications for the role of the teacher; assessment of influences of the teacher.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 624 Adv Instruction Strategy3 Credit hours   

Performance-based laboratory experiences in a micro-teaching laboratory development of a personalized teaching repertoire. (PR: CI 515 or permission)

Pre-req: CI 515.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 627 Program Plan and Evaluation3 Credit hours   

Explicitly links program planning in/for organizations with advances in evaluation research practice in education and closely related fields. Designed for students engaged in varying levels of professional practice.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 630 Practicum Early Childhood Ed1-3 Credit hours   

Supervised experience in teaching pre-kindergarten and/or kindergarten Supervised experience in teaching kindergarten with a con- current seminar in organization and administration.

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
CI 631 Curr Influ Early Child Ed3 Credit hours   

A study of recent findings in the behavioral sciences and their implications for early childhood education.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 632 Early Childhood Programs3 Credit hours   

An examination of past and present programs for young children with opportunity provided for curriculum develop- ment.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 633 Adult Involve in Early Ed3 Credit hours   

Ways of communicating and involving paraprofessionals, parents, volunteers, staff in the education of young children.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 634 Lang/Cog Early Childhood3 Credit hours   

Examination of selected studies in language acquisition and cognitive development of children from birth to eight years of age.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 638 Curriculum Planning3 Credit hours   

A study of the fundamental skills needed to evaluate educational progress at the classroom, program, and school levels.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 640 Literature1-3 Credit hours   

A program of reading, either extensive or intensive, and reports on a group of outstanding contributions to educa- tion; readings selected with guidance of advisor. Only one registration for Curriculum and Instruction 640 is per- mitted.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 641 Seminar1-6 Credit hours   

A guided program of readings, reports and discussions. No student may register for this course a second time.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 656 Teaching Language Arts3 Credit hours   

A unified Reading-Language instructional approach to develop a basic understanding of reading-language related princi- ples derived from disciplines, research, and innovation classroom practices.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 657 Adv Tchg Elem/Mdle Sch Math3 Credit hours   

Historical, social, psychological, and philosophical foundations of mathematics education; investigation of current trends and issues in contemporary programs.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 659 Symposium Elem/Sec Ed I3 Credit hours   

The symposium is the culmination of the master's degree program in Elementary Education. Secondary Education, and Early Childhood Education. This is the first of a two- part sequence. (PR: Consent)

Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
CI 670 Adv Tchg Elem/Mdle Sch SOS3 Credit hours   

Materials and procedures for teaching social studies with emphasis on a survey of succesful programs of instruction.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 671 Adv Tchg Elem/Mdle Sch Science3 Credit hours   

Intensive concentration on helping children inquire into the earth, physical, and biological sciences through modern methods and media.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 672 Practicum in Education3-6 Credit hours   

Clinical Experience: Directed activity in a clinical setting.

Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
CI 675 Curriculum Theory3 Credit hours   

Analysis of the assumptions undergirding curriculum development.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 676 Program Evaluation1-3 Credit hours   

An examination of program evaluation models and techniques for instructional supervisors.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 677 Writing Publicatn Prof Ed3 Credit hours   

For professional educators and students who wish to study and practice writing articles for publication in scholarly journals in the field of education.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 678 The Supervising Teacher3 Credit hours   

Duties and responsibilities of the teacher who supervises student teachers.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 679 Classrm Mgt Elem Teachers3 Credit hours   

This course is designed for elementary teachers. The con- tent includes methods of managing the physical and social environment in the classroom.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 680 Symposium Elem/Sec Ed II3 Credit hours   

The comprehensive assessment requirement is met within the framework of this course. (PR: Consent.)

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
CI 681 Thesis1-6 Credit hours   

Students completing 681 must defend their thesis in an oral examination.

Attributes: Thesis
Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 690 Capstone Experience3 Credit hours   

This course is designed as a culminating experience that allows participants to demonstrate professional knowledge and skills related to program experiences.

Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
CI 701 Curriculum Development3 Credit hours   

To review Curriculum Development and Planning from the historic perspective, the four bases of curriculum and the interpretation into the assumptions that can be translated into instructional design. To review Curriculum Development and Planning from the histo perspective, the four bases of curriculum and the interpreta into the assumptions that can be translated into instructio nal design.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 702 Curriculum Theories3 Credit hours   

This course will give the students a basic foundation in the theories and paradigms underlying curriculum from the past, present and future.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 703 Theory Models & Res. of Teach3 Credit hours   

It is the intent of this course to analyze and synthesize the historical development as it correlates to the development of curriculum and ultimately has implication on instructional design. Besides behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism, this course will discuss humanism, brain-based learning, developmental appropriateness, multiple intelligence and thinking styles.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 704 Soc Cult Pol Determ Curr3 Credit hours   

This course critically analyzes the social, cutural, and political determinants of curriculum, and examines issues of difference and equity in curriculum. (PR: Admission to C&I doctoral program or permission)

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 705 Higher Education Curriculum3 Credit hours   

This course is an introduction to the development and management of the curriculum in higher education instititutions.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 706 Multicultural/Diversity Issues3 Credit hours   

This course attempts to understand the issue of differences and equity through personal and critical analyses of the philosophical, social, and cultural perspectives that inform and shape curriculum and teaching.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 707 Curriculum Change3 Credit hours   

This course will explore current developments in curriculum transformation and change theory. This course will examine the impace of change theory on curriculum development.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 735 Policy Studies3 Credit hours   

This course focuses on current organizational policy issues and provides conceptual and analytical tools for their critical examination.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 780 Special Topics in Curr/Inst1-9 Credit hours   

This course requires study, reading and research in an advisor/chair approved area of curriculum and instruction. This course limited to Ed.D and Ed.S. students.

Grade Mode: Normal Grading Mode
CI 797 Curr & Inst Dissertation Res1-12 Credit hours   

This course is designed to support the student's doctoral research. The major focus is competion of the dissertation. (PR: Admitted to Candidacy of C & I Doctoral Program. First Term Offered: Spring 2004)

Attributes: Thesis
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit Grade Only
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