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Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs

The Program

The master of arts and doctor of education in education with an option in curriculum and instruction are offered by three departments in the College of Education that collaborate to deliver the degrees: Educational Studies, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and Secondary Education. A doctor of philosophy is being offered through the College of 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: agriculture, art, early childhood education, early childhood special education, English, English as a Second Language (ESL), literacy, mathematics, modern languages, science, social studies education, and Teachers of American Indian Children.

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 Education, with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. 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/ci/)

For more information about any of the Curriculum and Instruction program offerings, please contact the Curriculum and Instruction 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
  • Courses delivered via Outreach 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 and Early Childhood - Special Education (see  www.uwyo.edu/elemed/early-childhood-programs/)
    • English as a Second Language (see www.uwyo.edu/esl)
    • Literacy (see www.uwyo.edu/elemed/endorsements/certificate-of-literacy.html)
    • Teachers of American Indian Children (see  www.uwyo.edu/taic/)
  • Content Studies - Math, History, Art, Music, Science, etc.
  • Curriculum and Instruction Studies - focus on special education, educational leadership, diversity studies, counseling, instructional technology, etc.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Application deadlines and materials can be found on the Curriculum and Instruction program web page (www.uwyo.edu/ci/).

  • One year teaching (or its equivalent) required for admission
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on applicant's most recent degree from an accredited institution

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

This program provides a post baccalaureate student the opportunity to earn a teaching certification while taking hours that lead to a master's degree. The intent is to provide distance learning opportunities required for this master's program after the certification is earned. It begins with classes in summer.  Once students have completed the teacher credential portion of the program, they can apply for the master's program.  NOTE: Acceptance to the master's is via application and contingent upon successful completion of the teacher credential.  Meeting requirements for the master's does not guarantee acceptance. 

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree completed prior to application
  • 2.5 GPA minimum required in content course work; a 2.75 UW Institutional GPA minimum must be achieved throughout the teacher certification coursework
  • Completed additional content courses, as required for the area in which certification is sought (i.e., Elementary, Secondary English, etc.). Specific course requirements for each certification area can be found in program sheets for each area, also available through the Office of Teacher Education's website: http://www.uwyo.edu/ted/post-baccalaureate-program
  • EDST 2450 and ITEC 2360 program prerequisites
  • Current Wyoming Teacher Substitute Certificate (contact the State of Wyoming Professional Teacher Standard Board)
  • Teacher Credential Core Courses: 19 credits (secondary) or  28 credits (elementary)
  • Admissions requirements consistent with those described in Master's of Arts in Education program (described above) with exception of one year teaching experience
  • Master's Course Additional Requirements: 20-22 credits

Teacher Credential Core Requirements:

  • Introduction to Special Education (EDEX 2484, 3 undergraduate credits)
  • Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (EDST 4000, 3 undergraduate credits)
  • The Art and Science of Teaching (EDCI 5550, 4 graduate credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Pedagogy (EDCI 5250, 3 graduate credits)
  • Educational Assessment (EDST 3550, 2 undergraduate credits)
  • Seminar in Assessment (EDCI 5560, 1 graduate credit)
  • Methods II (Secondary Only; EDSE 42XX, 3 undergraduate credits)
  • Humanities (Elementary Only; EDEL 4109, 5 undergraduate credits)
  • Science (Elementary Only; EDEL 4409, 5 undergraduate credits)
  • Literacy (Elementary Only; EDEL 4309, 2 undergraduate credits)
  • Residency in Teaching (EDSE 4500 Secondary; EDEL 4500 Elementary, 11 undergraduate credits)
  • Internship (EDSE 5990 Secondary and Elementary, 4 graduate credits)

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)
  • Classroom Assessment (EDCI 5500, 3 credits) OR EDCI 5XXX (elective; in consultation with advisor)
  • 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 Office of Teacher Education or visit the web page (http://www.uwyo.edu/ted/post-baccalaureate-program)

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Application deadlines and materials can be found on the Curriculum and Instruction program web page (www.uwyo.edu/ci/).

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

  • Bachelor and master's degree required for admission
  • 30 credits transferable (as part of master's) from UW or other accredited university
  • 3 years teaching experience (required)
  • 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 (may have been met in master's program)
  • 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, department, or committee
  • Problem-Based Dissertation  or project (after preliminary exam): Guidelines determined by program, department, or committee

Notes:

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

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Application deadlines and materials can be found on the Curriculum and Instruction program web page (www.uwyo.edu/ci/)

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Applicants interested in a Graduate Assistantship must submit a graduate assistantship application to the Professional Studies department office no later than February 1 for fall term admission.   

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, department, or committee

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

Notes:

These requirements for a PhD in Education are minimum requirements only.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Application deadlines and materials can be found on the Curriculum and Instruction program web page (www.uwyo.edu/ci/).

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Applicants interested in a Graduate Assistantship must submit a graduate assistantship application to the Curriculum and Instruction office no later than February 1 for fall term admission.

Certificates and/or Endorsements

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

For more information, visit the web page (http://www.uwyo.edu/taic)

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 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 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 (http://www.uwyo.edu/elemed/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) 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 (http://www.uwyo.edu/esl)

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 (http//www.uwyo.edu/elemed/early-childhood-programs)

The Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program Leading to University of Wyoming Certification

This is a post-baccalaureate program for graduates working as full-time professionals with young children and their families. This includes teachers in preschools or elementary schools, mental health providers, home visitors, nurses and occupational, physical and speech therapists.  Upon completion, students will receive official recognition of their achievement on their University of Wyoming transcript and an official certificate. 

Required courses:

  • EDEC/CNSL 5070: Early Childhood Mental Health I (3 credits)
  • EDEC/CNSL 5080: Early Childhood Mental Health II (3 credits)
  • EDEC/CNSL 5090: Professional Consultation (6 credits)

This program is offered during two consecutive semesters and includes two courses each semester for a total of 10 graduate credits.  Students meet four times each semester in Casper, Wyoming for Friday evening and all day Saturday.  For further information on this program contact Tiernan McIlwaine at tmcilwai@uwyo.edu or call 307-286-7746 for an application.

Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) Courses


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