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Curriculum and Instruction (MA w/ Teacher Certification Concentration)

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Pursing a Master of Arts with a Major in Curriculum and Instruction will help you to envision, create and implement effective, high-achieving and equitable education in our fast-paced and ever-evolving world.

University of Detroit Mercy offers two graduate programs in this field to fit where you are in your career:

  • Experienced educators (e.g., K-12/higher education/adult education leaders) who seek to lead renewal initiatives in school settings and/or community-based organizations.
  • Educators seeking initial teacher certification that positions them to be educator leaders.

Both programs model a hybrid course teaching methodology so that you experience the power of integrating face-to-face and technology supported learning to engage the learner.

To learn more about our program for experienced educators please visit the page for our Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction.

If you are seeking initial teacher certification, please continue reading on this page for more on our Master of Arts with a major in curriculum and instruction and concentration in teacher certification.

Master of Arts with a Major in Curriculum and Instruction - Teacher Certification Concentration

Designed to meet your needs when you elect to change careers and enter the teaching profession, addresses the teaching standards required to qualify for certification and emphasizes the application of previous education and experience.

You develop a comprehensive knowledge and competency base for making effective teaching decisions by engaging in active learning situations which integrate theory and research findings with practical action toward student achievement of clear educational goals.

Core courses of this master’s degree provide you with a framework to leverage classroom and school-wide strategies that enable you to collaborate with professional colleagues, parents and community resources as a teacher leader.

You will work closely with your program advisor to select a program focus and to plan a course of study that includes prior knowledge, experience, and special interests.

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants must qualify for graduate study and must show evidence of both a teaching major of at least 30 hours and/or teaching minors of at least 20 hours. A 3.0 GPA in the applicant's overall undergraduate record and at least a 2.7 GPA in a teaching major and/or teaching minors is required for admission to the program. In addition, teacher certification candidates must pass all three sections of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) submit three letters of recommendation indicating ability to pursue a career path in teaching, and be accepted by the Teacher Education Council.

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    Degree Requirements — 47-58 credit hours

    Core courses of master's degree

    • EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research (3 credits)
    • EDU 5160 Elementary Curriculum Construction (3 credits) OR EDU 5170 Secondary Curriculum Construction (3 credits)
    • EDU 5960 Program Planning, Evaluation, Development and Implementation (3 credits)

    Research Requirement

    • EDU 5510 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction* (3 credits), OR (Classes below may be elected to fulfill research requirement with program director approval:*)
      • EDU 6980 Field Research Project* (3-6 credits)
      • EDU 5990 Master's Thesis* (6 credits)

    Subtotal: 12-15 credits

    Secondary Teacher Certification Requirements

    • EDU 5001 Introduction to Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 5031 Secondary Methods (3 credits)
    • EDU 5130 Principles Learning, Development & Adjustment (3 credits)
    • EDU 5140 Society and Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies (3 credits)
    • EDU 5780 Reading in the Content Areas (3 credits)
    • EDU 5801 Secondary Clinical Experience (8 credits)
    • EDU 6000 Computer Use in Education (3 credits)
    • SED 5600 Educating and Mainstreaming Exceptional Persons (3 credits)

    Select one from the following four courses that correspond to the teaching major selected:

    • EDU 5032 Secondary Mathematics Methods (3 credits), OR
    • EDU 5033 Secondary Social Studies Methods (3 credits), OR
    • EDU 5034 Secondary English Methods (3 credits), OR
    • EDU 5035 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools (3 credits)

    Subtotal: 35 credits

    Elementary Teacher Certification Requirements

    • EDU 5001 Introduction to Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 5010 Integration of the Arts (3 credits)
    • EDU 5022 Elementary Science Methods (2 credits)
    • EDU 5023 Elementary Social Studies Methods (2 credits)
    • EDU 5024 Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools (3 credits)
    • EDU 5025 Elementary Language Arts (3 credits)
    • EDU 5026 Elementary Mathematics Methods (2 credits)
    • EDU 5027 Physical and Health Education Methods (2 credits)
    • EDU 5130 Principles Learning, Development & Adjustment (3 credits)
    • EDU 5140 Society and Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies (3 credits)
    • EDU 5800 Elementary Clinical Experience (8 credits)
    • EDU 6000 Computer Use in Education (3 credits)
    • SED 5600 Educating and Mainstreaming Exceptional Persons (3 credits)

    Subtotal: 43 credits

    Michigan Test for teacher certification must be passed.

    Note: The above requirements are subject to change if state requirements for certification change. Students must be sure to consult with their advisor to remain current regarding Michigan State Department of Education requirements.

    *Completion of the master's research paper with a passing grade for graduate work is required during EDU 5510, the culminating course of this program. Students need to consult with a program advisor to ensure that master's-level coursework projects contribute to successful application of previous education and experience as a teaching professional. EDU 5990, a master-level thesis for six credit hours, or EDU 6980, Field Experience Project for 3-6 credit hours may be elected in place of EDU 5510 in consultation with the program director. Core competency courses are continuously adjusted to meet the rapidly-changing demands of effective education. Students in the Curriculum and Instruction Program with Teacher Certification need to work closely with their program advisor to determine current requirements and possible course offerings that fulfill this degree program.

Program Contact Information

Director: Joslen Letscher, Ph.D.
Reno Hall, Room 209
McNichols Campus

Email: letschjl@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-993-1614
Fax: 313-578-0507

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Department Chair: Alan Grigg, Ed.D.

Reno Hall, Room 243
McNichols Campus

Email: griggae@udmercy.eduTelephone: 313-993-1475
Fax: 313-578-0507
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