Education: Curriculum and Instruction - MA

Program Description

The most important factor in student achievement is teacher quality. Building on a long-standing dedication to providing quality teacher education, St. Catherine offers a Master of Arts in Education (MAED) in the area of Curriculum and Instruction.

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) concentration is designed to help current teachers become master teachers through developing both a critically reflective practice and an expanding toolbox of skills and strategies that make a difference in the classroom. This research-based program treats practicing teachers as professionals who want to become even more effective in their classrooms and more collaborative in their work. The C&I program is a balanced blend of scholarship, research and application that will make graduates a better educator.

The MAED: Curriculum and Instruction Program is offered online. Students attend a face-to-face kick-off session to begin their program. The rest of the program affords students flexibility. Content provided in online learning modules supports interactions with faculty and learning team members, and opportunities to try new skills and strategies within a supportive community available to provide feedback and assistance as needed. The curriculum facilitates overall professional growth and fosters the development of leadership skills in the teacher practitioner.

The Curriculum and Instruction program requires 31 semester credits of coursework for completion. In addition to 13 credits from required classes, teachers may choose from classes in curriculum and instruction such as:  Teaching Academically and Culturally Diverse Learners in a Digitally Mediated Environment; Best Practices in Informational Texts for the Common Core; Making Data Meaningful; and, Literacy and Learning Redefined in the Digital Age.


Required Courses
EDUC 6000Becoming Scholars: Evidence-Based Best Practice3
EDUC 6420Technology Integration Fundamentals3
EDUC 6670Introduction to Action Research3
EDUC 6760Integration Seminar3
EDUC 8920Action Research Project1
Select 18 credits from the following. At least three courses must be from the Curriculum and Instruction course list18
Curriculum and Instruction courses
Making Data Meaningful
Literacy and Learning Redefined in the Digital Age
Differentiation in a Digitally-Mediated Environment
Formative and Standards Based Assessment
Best Practices with Informational Texts K-12
Classrooms by Design
Teacher as Educational Leader
STEM and Technology Integration courses
Best Practices in 1:1
Literacy through STEM: Using Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking as Tools in STEM
Introduction to Computational Thinking and Coding
Digital Video for K-12 Classroom Settings
Physical Computing: Introduction to Arduinos
The Outdoor Classroom 1
Citizen Science as Service Learning in the Natural World
SySTEMic Integration - Transforming K-6 Education through STEM Instruction 1
Hands on STEM: Basic Engineering and Alternative Energy 1
Elementary Earth Science - Understanding the Ground Upon Which We Stand 1
Hands on STEM: Maker Space in the K-8 Setting
Total Credits31

 These courses may include two to four required weekend face-to-face sessions on campus in St. Paul, MN