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Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs

The Program

The M.A. and Ed.D. in education with an option in curriculum and instruction are offered by the School of Teacher Education in the College of Education. A Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction is also being offered through the School of Teacher Education. These degree programs consist of required courses in curriculum and in research with a choice of electives chosen for their curricular emphasis. A graduate student in curriculum and instruction may choose a curricular emphasis in any of the following areas: early childhood education, early childhood special education, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Other content areas of emphasis are available through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Educators wishing to broaden their theoretical understanding of curriculum and instruction, to increase their knowledge and skills in their content specializations, to pursue additional endorsements, and to develop new strategies and materials for their classrooms should consider the Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. Educators wishing to pursue advanced graduate level study with a school-based, practitioner-oriented focus should consider the Doctorate of Education, with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. Educators interested in engaging more intently on educational research and in pursuing a career in higher education should consider the Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instructions, with a concentration in Curriculum Studies, Literacy, Mathematics, or Science Education. Successful completion of any of these programs contributes to the professional development of educators and prepares them for roles of leadership within their subject areas, schools and/or higher education institutions.

The website for Curriculum and Instruction can be found at: (www.uwyo.edu/ste/curriculum-instruction/)

For more information about any of the Curriculum and Instruction program offerings, please contact a School of Teacher Education Office Associate at: 307-766-6371 or curriculum@uwyo.edu.

Program Specific Degree Requirements Master of Arts in Education, Option: Curriculum and Instruction

  • Minimum of 32 hours of graduate credit
  • Many courses delivered using distance technologies
  • Core Courses:  16 hours of program area core graduate credits
  • Concentration:  15+ hours in either a certificate or endorsement program, academic content area, or general curriculum and instruction area of interest (with direction and consent of faculty advisor)
  • Capstone consisting of one of the following:
  • Plan A (thesis) - EDCI  5960: Thesis Research (4 graduate credits)
  • Plan B (non-thesis)  - EDCI 5090: Plan B Research (2 graduate credits)
  • National Board Certificate - EDCI 5890: Directed Professional Study (1 graduate credit) and/or EDCI 5515 NBC Seminar

C&I Program Core:

  • Classroom Assessment (EDCI 5500, 3 credits)
  • Principles of Curriculum (EDCI 5000, 3 credits)
  • Issues in Multicultural Education (EDCI 5450, 3 credits)
  • Learning Theories and Instructional Principles (EDCI 5790, 3 credits)
  • Action Research (EDRE 5550, 3 credits) OR Intro to Research (EDRE 5530, 3 credits)
  • Midpoint Portfolio (EDCI 5400, 1 credit)

Areas of Concentration

  • Certificates or Endorsements
    • Early Childhood Special Education (see www.uwyo.edu/ste/early-childhood-education/early-childhood-special-education.html)
    • English as a Second Language (see www.uwyo.edu/ste/curriculum-instruction/english-second-language/)
    • Literacy (see www.uwyo.edu/ste/elementary-education/endorsements/certificate-of-literacy.html)
  • Content Studies - Math, History, Art, Music, Science, Teachers of American Indian Children
  • Curriculum and Instruction Studies - focus on special education, educational leadership, diversity studies, counseling, instructional technology, etc.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Applications for the Master of Arts degree in Education with an Area of Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction are reviewed for admission two times each year. To be considered for admission, applications must be completed and submitted by September 1st for spring semester admission, and February 1st for summer/fall admission. Incomplete applications will not be considered. International students are encouraged to apply a semester earlier to allow sufficient time for paperwork. All applications will be completed through the UW Admissions website: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/apply.html.  

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • letter of intent;
  • academic resume, including information about teaching experience;
  • contact information for three references;
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international, non-native English speaking applicants); and
  • college transcripts.

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Score of 3 or 4 on a letter of intent. This letter serves as a writing sample, and takes the place of GRE scores in the admission process;
  • One year of P-12 teaching experience or its equivalent.  This requirement may be waived for applicants who have been admitted to the Teaching Elementary School or the Teaching Secondary Content Graduate Certificate program. Such applicants will be considered for admission on a conditional basis, pending successful completion of the Teaching Elementary School or Teaching Secondary Content Graduate Certificate program;
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 scale on the applicant’s most recent bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • International, non-native English speaking applicants must have a TOEFL score of 525 (paper-based), 197 (computer exam) or above or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

Please see the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Student Regulations and Policies entries in the front section of the UW Catalog for more information.

Program Specific Degree Requirements Master of Arts in Education, Option: Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Teacher Certification

This program provides a student who has completed the TES or TSC Graduate Certificate the opportunity to earn a teaching licensure while taking hours that lead to a master's degree. Acceptance to the master's degree program is via application and contingent upon successful completion of the TES or TSC Graduate Certificate. Meeting requirements for the master's does not guarantee acceptance.

C&I Master's Core Requirements:

  • Principles of Curriculum (EDCI 5000, 3 credits)
  • Issues in Multicultural Education (EDCI 5450, 3 credits)
  • Learning Theories and Instructional Principles (EDCI 5790, 3 credits)
  • Action Research (EDRE 5550, 3 credits) OR Intro to Research (EDRE 5530, 3 credits)
  • Midpoint Portfolio (EDCI 5400, 1 credit)
  • Capstone consisting of one of the following:
    • Plan A (thesis) - EDCI 5960: Thesis Research (4 credits)
    • Plan B (non-thesis) - EDCI 5090: Plan B Research (2 credits) and EDCI 5XXX (elective, in consultation with adviser).
    • National Board Certificate - EDCI 5890: Directed Professional Study (1-4 credits)

For more information, contact the Teacher Preparation and Advising Office or visit the web page (www.uwyo.edu/ste/post-baccalaureate/)

 

Program Specific Degree Requirements Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Education, Option: Curriculum and Instruction

  • 30 credits transferable (as part of master's) from UW or other accredited university
  • EDRE 5530 Introduction to Research (or equivalent; required)
  • Minimum of 80 graduate credit hours in the following:
    • Core Courses (15 graduate credit hours)
    • Cognate (Area of Interest) (18 graduate credit hours)
    • Research (9-12 graduate credit hours)
    • Practicum/Internship (2 graduate credit hours)
    • Dissertation (6 graduate credit hours)

Core courses

  • EDCI 5600 - Diversity in Education
  • EDCI 5730 - Learning and Cognition
  • EDAD 5720 - Educational Leader as Change Agent
  • EDAD 5650 - Educational Leader as Communicator
  • EDRE 5660- Proposal Writing

Cognate courses and advanced courses (minimum of 18 credits)

  • EDCI 5800 - Curriculum Development
  • EDCI 5790 - Learning Theories and Instructional Principles
  • An additional 12 credits (elective, in consultation with advisor and/or committee)

Advanced research courses (minimum of 9-12 credits)

  • EDRE 5530 Introduction to Research
  • Some combination of Educational Research courses (in consultation with advisor and/or committee)

Practicum/Internship

  • EDCI 5580  - Internship (2 credits)

Dissertation Hours

  • The required number of dissertation credits is a minimum of 6.
  • Preliminary exam (after coursework is completed): Guidelines determined by program, school, or committee
  • Problem-Based Dissertation  or project (after preliminary exam): Guidelines determined by program, school, or committee

Notes:

These requirements for an Ed.D. in Education are minimum requirements only.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Applications for the Doctor of Education (EdD) program with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction are reviewed for admission in fall and spring semesters. All applications will be completed through the UW Admissions website: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/apply.html.

Applicants are required to submit the following supplemental material:

  • Letter of intent describing academic goals, teaching experiences, and reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Wyoming. This letter serves as a writing sample.
  • Recent GRE scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation, completed by an individual familiar with the applicant’s academic performance, a current or recent supervisor, and/or a selected colleague and/or community member.
  • Academic Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international, non-native English speaking applicants).

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a Master’s degree from an accredited institute of higher education.
  • Score of “Proficient” or higher on a letter of intent describing academic goals, teaching experiences, and reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Wyoming.
  • Three (3) years of P-12 teaching experience or its equivalent.
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 scale on the applicant’s bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, plus transcripts from all other schools attended.
  • GRE minimum score of Verbal:153, Quantitative:144.
  • TOEFL score of 540 (paper-based), 76 (internet exam) or IELTS score of 6.5 or above are required for international, non-native English speaking applicants.

Please see the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Student Regulations and Policies entries in the front section of the UW Catalog for more information.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Applicants interested in a Graduate Assistantship must submit a graduate assistantship application to the College of Education Dean's Office.   

Program Specific Degree Requirements Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction, Options in Curriculum Studies, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, and Science Education

  • Bachelor and master's degree required for admission
  • 30 credits transferable (as part of master's) from UW or other accredited university
  • Residency requirement: 1-2 consecutive full-time semesters on campus
  • Minimum of 81 total credits required in the following areas:
    • Core Courses (9 graduate credit hours)
    • Cognate (Area of Interest) (18 graduate credit hours)
    • Research (12-15 graduate credit hours)
    • Dissertation (12 graduate credit hours)

Core courses (minimum of 9 credits)

All PhD option areas require PRST 5610, Intro to Doctoral Studies. In addition, doctoral students, with direction from their committees, will choose a minimum of two additional courses from the remaining five core courses:

  • EDCI 5900 (Practicum in College Teaching)
  • EDCI 5810 (Writing for Professional Publication)
  • EDCI 5730 (Learning and Cognition)
  • EDRE 5660 (Dissertation/Thesis Prospectus Writing)

We also understand that students may meet the requirements for the core content in other ways, such as a master's degree in an area that emphasizes coursework in diversity or multi-cultural education. Committees may determine that the requirements for additional course(s) have been met. However, Introduction to Doctoral Studies may not be waived.

Cognate courses and advanced courses (minimum of 18 credits)

  • EDCI 5600 (Diversity in Education)
  • EDCI 5730 (Learning and Cognition)
  • EDCI XXXX (Elective, in consultation with advisor and/or committee)
  • 9 additional hours in some area of advanced area of study

Advanced research courses (minimum of 15 credits)

  • EDRE 5530 (Introduction to Research) (may have been met in master's program)
  • Some Combination of Educational Research courses (in consultation with advisor and/or committee)

Dissertation Hours

The required number of dissertation credits is a minimum of 12.

Preliminary exam (after coursework is completed): Guidelines determined by program, school, or committee

Dissertation (after preliminary exam): Guidelines determined by program, school, or committee

Notes:

These requirements for a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction are minimum requirements only.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Applications for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Curriculum Studies are reviewed for admission in fall and spring semesters. All applications will be completed through the UW Admissions website: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/apply.html.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Letter of intent;
  • Recent GRE scores, current within the last five years;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Academic Resume/Curriculum Vitae, including information about teaching experience;
  • Transcripts;
  • TOEFL scores (for international, non-native English speaking applicants).

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a Master’s degree from an accredited institute of higher education.
  • Score of “Proficient” or higher on a letter of intent describing academic goals, teaching experiences, and reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Wyoming. This letter serves as a writing sample.
  • Three (3) years of P-12 teaching experience or its equivalent.
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 scale on the applicant’s bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, plus transcripts from all other schools attended.
  • GRE minimum score of Verbal:153, Quantitative:144.
    TOEFL score of 540 (paper-based), 76 (internet exam) or IELTS score of 6.5 or above are required for international, non-native English speaking applicants.

Please see the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Student Regulations and Policies entries in the front section of the UW Catalog for more information.

Applications for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Literacy Education are reviewed for admission in fall and spring semesters. All applications will be completed through the UW Admissions website: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/apply.html.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Current resume or vita;
  • A detailed letter that expresses why the applicant wishes to pursue a PhD in Literacy Education, including the applicant’s career goals; the applicant’s prior experiences in literacy or literacy education (e.g., relevant teaching or other educational experiences); previous university degrees, programs, certificates, or emphases related to literacy; potential areas of focus in a literacy doctoral program; potential research interests; and any other information the applicant considers to be relevant to her or his admission;
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from those who can speak to the applicant’s intellect, scholarly abilities, teaching ability, or other qualifications for doctoral study. These letters typically would be former professors, supervisors, or administrators;
  • An official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that was taken within the preceding 5 years;
  • An academic writing sample is not required, but is preferred.
  • Transcripts;
  • TOEFL or IELTS score is required for international, non-native English speaking applicants.

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum 3.000 GPA on a 4.000 scale on the applicant’s bachelor’s from an accredited institution, plus transcripts from all other schools attended.
  • Interview with Literacy Education Program faculty, either in person or via telephone
  • Master’s degree is preferred.
  • GRE minimum score of Verbal:153, Quantitative:144.
  • TOEFL scores of 540 (paper-based test), 76 (internet-based test), 197 (computer based test) or IELTS scores of 6.5 higher are required for international, non-native English speaking applicants. Minimum scores do not guarantee admission.

Please see the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Student Regulations and Policies entries in the front section of the UW Catalog for more information.

Applications for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Mathematics Education are reviewed for admission in fall and spring semesters.  All applications will be completed through the UW Admissions website: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/apply.html.  

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Writing sample (an article, master's thesis, or well-done project/course paper);
  • An application letter, which discusses yourself, your experience, and your potential research interests;
  • A resume or curriculum vita;
  • Three letters of reference;
  • Transcripts from all universities attended.  Unofficial transcripts can be loaded to the online application system, but if admitted to the University, official transcripts will need to be sent prior to beginning the program
  • Copy of GRE scores
  • International, non-native English speaking students must submit scores for a language proficiency exam, such as TOEFL or IELTS

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Master's degree in mathematics, mathematics education, or a related area is required, with a 3.000 minimum GPA.
  • A minimum of three years of teaching experience is required.
  • GRE minimum score of Verbal:153, Quantitative:144.
  • TOEFL scores of 540 (paper-based test), 76 (internet-based test), 197 (computer based test) or IELTS scores of 6.5 higher are required for international, non-native English speaking applicants. Minimum scores do not guarantee admission.

Please see the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Student Regulations and Policies entries in the front section of the UW Catalog for more information.

Applications for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Science Education are reviewed for admission in fall and spring semesters. All applications will be completed through the UW Admissions website: http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/apply.html.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Letter of intent. In this letter, describe why you wish to pursue a PhD in Science Education, including your career goals; your prior experiences in science or science education (e.g., relevant teaching or other educational experiences); previous university degrees, programs, certificates, or emphases related to science; potential areas of focus in a science doctoral program; potential research interests; and any other information you consider to be relevant to your admission.
  • GRE scores.
  • Transcripts.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for internation, non-native English speaking applicants).
    Applicants need to contact a member of the Science Education PhD Program faculty, either in person or via telephone, to discuss career and research goals. This assists us in assigning a graduate advisor upon admission.
  • Recommended: sample of professional writing.

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • GRE Scores: The admissions committee will consider the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores in its determination. Effective July 1, 2016 applicants must have GRE scores of 153 Verbal and 144 Quantitative Reasoning or higher to be considered for admission. Minimum scores do not guarantee admission. Other criteria, as well as faculty capacity, will be considered in the admission process.
  • TOEFL scores of 540 (paper-based test), 76 (internet-based test), 197 (computer based test) or IELTS scores of 6.5 higher are required for international, non-native English speaking applicants. Minimum scores do not guarantee admission.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.000 on bachelor’s degree.

Applicants are evaluated on alignment of research interests with those of existing faculty, clarity of application letter and goals, prior teaching or work experience, letters of recommendation, transcripts (including GPA) and previous research experience with an accompanying sample of professional writing if available, according to the Science Education PhD Admissions Rubric.

Following the application review, the program faculty will make a recommendation regarding admission for Graduate Study at UW. Applicants will be notified of the decision by email. Applications will be considered at any time, but students who apply by January 15 will receive full consideration for graduate assistantships for the following academic year.

Please see the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Student Regulations and Policies entries in the front section of the UW Catalog for more information.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Applicants interested in a Graduate Assistantship must submit a graduate assistantship application to the College of Education Dean’s Office.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate programs in Teaching Elementary School (TES), and in Teaching Secondary Content (TSC) with an option to earn a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction have been established to provide an alternative licensure route through Wyoming’s Professional Teaching Standards Board for individuals who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. This on- campus program does not result in another degree; rather, it is an alternative avenue toward initial Wyoming teacher licensure, with the bonus that it provides up to 12 hours of graduate credit that can be applied to a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Admission to both the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and the master’s degree programs require separate applications. The actual licensure courses encompass three full-time semesters: one summer and the following fall and spring semesters, including student teaching. However, there are prerequisite professional education courses, as well as possible content courses that must be completed prior to beginning the summer-fall-spring sequence.

The Teaching Elementary School (TES) Graduate Certificate leads to initial teacher licensure in grades K-6. The Teaching Secondary Content (TSC) Graduate Certificate leads to initial teacher licensure in grades 6-8 in each of the following licensure areas: Agriculture, English, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish), Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth System Science, Geology), and Social Studies.

Teachers of American Indian Children Certificate Leading to a Wyoming Endorsement

In this graduate program, the University of Wyoming certifies that those who complete its five specialized courses possess the attitudes, knowledge, and competence necessary to effectively teach American Indian Children. Upon completion, students will receive official recognition of their achievement on their University of Wyoming transcripts and an official certificate.

Required program courses:

  • EDCI 5450 - Issues in Multicultural Education
  • EDCI/NAIS 5110 - Educational Foundations of American Indian Education
  • EDCI/NAIS 5121 - History and Philosophy of American Indian Education
  • EDCI/NAIS 5130 - Cultural Foundations of American Indian Education
  • EDCI/NAIS 5141 - Instructional Methods in American Indian Education

For more information, visit the web page (www.uwyo.edu/ste/curriculum-instruction/teacher-american-indian-children/)

Literacy Certificate Leading to a Wyoming Reading Endorsement

The University of Wyoming offers the required courses in the graduate literacy program. The program is designed to serve graduate level K-12 teachers in Wyoming who wish to obtain the Wyoming Reading Endorsement, and those who choose to apply the course work toward a master's or doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction. 

Required Courses:

  • EDCI 5580: Internship (3 credits)
  • EDCI 5710 [5070]:  Genre-Based, Discipline-Based Literacies (3 credits)
  • EDCI 5720:  Literacy Difficulties: Assessment and Instruction (3 credits)
  • EDCI 5750: Research in Literacy Learning, Teaching, and Assessment in Classrooms, Part 1 (K-6) (3 credits)
  • EDCI 5760 [5870]:  Social Literacies (3 credits)
  • EDCI 5755 Research in Literacy Learning, Teaching, and Assessment in Classrooms, Part 2 (K-6)
  • EDCI 5770 Research in Literacy Learning, Teaching, and Assessment in Classrooms, Part 1 (6-12)
  • EDCI 5775 Research in Literacy Learning, Teaching, and Assessment in Classrooms, Part 2 (6-12)

Endorsement K-6: 18 hours - EDCI 5760, 5710, 5720, 5750, 5755 plus one elective

Endorsement 6-12: 18 hours - EDCI 5760, 5710, 5720, 5770, 5775 plus one elective

Endorsement K-12: 21 hours - EDCI 5580, 5760, 5710, 5720, 5750, 5755, 5770, 5775

Electives

EDCI 5120 Young Adult Literature    3
EDCI 5160 Recent Trends in Children’s and Young Adult Literature    3

For more information, visit the web page (www.uwyo.edu/ste/elementary-education/endorsements/certificate-of-literacy)

English as a Second Language Certificate leading to a Wyoming English as a Second Language Endorsement 

The English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate leading to endorsement is designed to meet the ten state of Wyoming standards for teaching second language learners. It is offered in conjunction with departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The need to address the specific educational issues and challenges English language learner students face by way of culturally and linguistically responsive professional practices is of critical importance to the vitality of our classrooms, schools, and communities

Required Courses:

  • EDCI 4762: Essential Sociolinguisitcs for English as a Second Language Learning and Teaching (3 credits)
  • EDCI 4350/5350:  Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • EDCI 5430: Theory and Methods of ESL I (3 credits)
  • EDCI 5440:  Theory and Methods of ESL II (3 credits)
  • EDCI 5580:  Internship in English as a Second Language (3 credits)

For more information, visit the web page (www.uwyo.edu/ste/curriculum-instruction/english-second-language/)

The Early Childhood Special Education Program (Birth to Five) Leading to Wyoming Certification

Post-baccalaureate students who have earned a BA/BS in Elementary Education, Family and Consumer Sciences/Child Development Option, or a related field in early childhood development are eligible for this program. This is a pre-k program and does not prepare candidates to work in kindergarten or primary grade classrooms.

Required courses:

  • EDEC 5220: Children with Disabilities: Birth to Five (3 credits)
  • EDEC 5230: Curriculum and Materials for the Young Child with Disabilities (3 credits)
  • EDEC 5240: Evaluation of Young Children with Disabilities (3 credits)
  • EDEC 5250: Legal Issues in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • FCSC 4124: Families of Young Children with Special Needs (3 credits)
  • EDEC 4350:  Health Management Issues in Early Childhood Special Education  (3 credits)
  • EDEC 4320: Oral and Written Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • EDCI 5580: Internship in Early Childhood Special Education (6 credits)

For more information, visit the web page (www.uwyo.edu/ste/early-childhood-education/early-childhood-special-education.html)

Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) Courses

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