Course Descriptions — Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

EDU6020 Assessment in the Schools     
3 semester hours
This course is designed to develop skills in selecting, developing, and interpreting assessment methods that will provide reliable, valid, and fair measurement of valued educational achievement targets.

EDU6030 The Individual, Cognition and Learning     
3 semester hours
The focus of this course is the development of an understanding of the individual as learner and teacher and the implications for classroom instruction and student success.

EDU6040 The Learning Environment     
3 semester hours
The focus of this course is the development of an understanding of the learner’s whole environment as it affects the learning process.

EDU6050 Technology in the School of the Future     
3 semester hours
This course studies the impact of technology on curriculum design, classroom practice, and the learning patterns of students with emphasis on the integration of multi-media, telecommunications, authoring systems, and interactive resources throughout the instructional program.

EDU6060 Scholarship Applied to Teaching     
3 semester hours
This course serves as a review of the development of emerging best instructional practice in the American classroom. Emphasis will be given to implementation of instructional strategies resulting from educational research.

EDU6070 Introduction to Educational Research     
3 semester hours
This seminar will be used to develop and clarify topics for further investigation.  It will also launch individual and/or group investigation of research questions with application to the student’s classrooms through the process of action research.

EDU6090 Contemporary Issues in Curriculum and Instruction    
3 semester hours
This course is designed to initiate a professional conversation among individual students, school teams, and cohorts about the major issues facing America’s schools.  The questions that emerge will become the focus for subsequent independent inquiry in master’s program classes.

EDU6200 Curriculum for Diversity     
3 semester hours
Participants will expand their awareness, knowledge and skill in integrating cultural diversity into their curriculum. This course will increase participants’ understanding about cultural diversity, enhance knowledge of specific issues in diversity, and develop skills in integrating cultural diversity into the curriculum. Participants will have opportunities to develop discipline-specific curriculum that integrates multicultural content.

EDU6630 Curriculum Development and Evaluation     
3 semester hours
This course will introduce the principles of curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on curriculum development and design, implementation and delivery, and organization and evaluation.

In addition to the required courses listed above, cohorts will select three elective courses (9 semester hours) in conjunction with the graduate program advisor to round out the full Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction degree.
Three courses of approved electives (a minimum total of 9 semester hours)

The following courses may also be applied toward the elective requirements for the MACI if taken as part of the certification program:

EDU5440 Middle School:  Missions and Methods
4semester hours

EDU5370 Adolescent Development and Learning
4 semester hours

Candidates for the MACI degree must hold a valid Illinois teaching license and be currently employed as a teacher in a K-12 setting in order to enroll.  In order to carry over credits from the Secondary Licensure Program to the MACI, the courses being considered must be within five years of age and completed with a grade of “A” or “B.”

EDU6020      Assessment in the Schools                                               3 semester hours

This course is designed to develop skills in selecting, developing, and interpreting assessment methods that will provide reliable, valid, and fair measurement of valued educational achievement targets.

EDU6030      The Individual, Cognition and Learning                           3 semester hours

The focus of this course is the development of an understanding of the individual as learner and teacher and the implications for classroom instruction and student success.

EDU6040    The Learning Environment                                                 3 semester hours

The focus of this course is the development of an understanding of the learner’s whole environment as it affects the learning process.

EDU6050      Technology in the School of the Future                            3 semester hours

This course studies the impact of technology on curriculum design, classroom practice, and the learning patterns of students with emphasis on the integration of multi-media, telecommunications, authoring systems, and interactive resources throughout the instructional program.

EDU6060      Scholarship Applied to Teaching                                      3 semester hours

This course serves as a review of the development of emerging best instructional practice in the American classroom.  Emphasis will be given to implementation of instructional strategies resulting from educational research.

EDU6070      Introduction to Educational Research                               3 semester hours

This seminar will be used to develop and clarify topics for further investigation.  It will also launch individual and/or group investigation of research questions with application to the student’s classrooms through the process of action research.

EDU6090      Contemporary Issues in Curriculum and Instruction        3 semester hours

This course is designed to initiate a professional conversation among individual students, school teams, and cohorts about the major issues facing America’s schools.  The questions that emerge will become the focus for subsequent independent inquiry in master’s program classes.

EDU6200      Curriculum for Diversity                                                  3 semester hours

Participants will expand their awareness, knowledge and skill in integrating cultural diversity into their curriculum. This course will increase participants’ understanding about cultural diversity, enhance knowledge of specific issues in diversity, and develop skills in integrating cultural diversity into the curriculum. Participants will have opportunities to develop discipline-specific curriculum that integrates multicultural content.

EDU6630      Curriculum Development and Evaluation                         3 semester hours

This course will introduce the principles of curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on curriculum development and design, implementation and delivery, and organization and evaluation.

 

In addition to the required courses listed above, cohorts will select three elective courses (9 semester hours) in conjunction with the graduate program advisor to round out the full Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction degree.

Three courses of approved electives (a minimum total of 9 semester hours)

The following courses may also be applied toward the elective requirements for the MACI if taken as part of the certification program:

EDU5440     Middle School:  Missions and Methods (4)

EDU5370     Adolescent Development and Learning (4)

Candidates for the MACI degree must hold a valid Illinois teaching license and be currently employed as a teacher in a K-12 setting in order to enroll.  In order to carry over credits from the Secondary Licensure Program to the MACI, the courses being considered must be within five years of age and completed with a grade of “A” or “B.”