Master of Arts: Curriculum and Instruction

Requirements for the Master of Arts

Requirements for a master's degree include a minimum of 30 credit hours but vary according to the major and emphasis area. Regardless of program length, at least 60 percent of the coursework on the degree program must be numbered 5500 or above. At least a 3.0 GPA must be maintained, with no grade lower than a C earned in any 5500-level course. Any courses on the 300 and 400 level to be included in a master of arts program must be taken for graduate credit and only by arrangement with the advisor. No grade lower than B- may be earned in any 300- or 400-level course to be used toward a graduate degree. In addition, 80 percent of the credits for the degree must be passed with a grade of B (3.0) or better.

As soon as possible after regular admission to graduate study, the student should meet with a faculty advisor to develop a program of study. This program must be filed with the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences prior to the completion of 50% of applicable degree coursework for further approval by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and filing with the Registrar. Program revisions may be requested later but also must be approved by the student's advisor, the dean's representative, and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Twenty percent of resident graduate coursework may be transferred from other accredited universities' graduate programs. A maximum of 49 percent of acceptable graduate work (no grade below B) may be transferred from other campuses of the University of Missouri. Credits are transferred only with the recommendation of the advisor and the consent of the dean's representative in the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences. Transfer credit must not be more than seven years old at the time of program completion.

Transfer credit may be allowed for correspondence courses, provided the credits meet the above criteria. A maximum of six semester hours of continuing education courses that have been taken for graduate credit (workshops, special topics) may be included on a master's program. Students must provide a letter from the transfer institution clarifying the grade equivalent for transfer work posted as "credit" or "pass."

For regular courses taken through continuing education at UMKC to apply on degree programs, the student must be admitted to graduate study and have an approved program on file, including the continuing education courses.

Credit more than seven years old at the time of degree completion must be validated. To validate a course, the student must meet with the instructor of the current equivalent course to devise a plan in which the student's current knowledge of the coursework can be assessed. Faculty may ask the student to write a paper, review current literature, or take examinations to determine whether the student's knowledge of the subject is acceptable. A maximum of 30 percent of the student's program of study may be validated under this procedure. All validation must be completed prior to the completion of the final semester of enrollment for the degree.

A thesis is not required for the master of arts degree, although the option for a thesis is available. A final integrating experience or independent or group research study may be required of those not selecting the thesis option.

Requirements for Retention

Students must:

  1. Meet all admission requirements.
  2. File a planned program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor, securing approvals from the dean's representative and the School of Graduate Studies. 
  3. Complete all coursework listed on the approved program of study.
  4. Maintain an acceptable graduate GPA with no grades below B- (2.7) in 300- or 400-level courses, no grades below C (2.0) in any 5500-level course, at least 80 percent of the degree program completed with a grade of B (3.0) or above, and a 3.0 average maintained in all graduate coursework, regardless of whether the courses are on the actual degree program.
  5. Apply for the degree (graduation) by the posted deadline during the final term of enrollment.
  6. Enroll in at least one credit hour during the term they intend to graduate.

Degree Overview

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MA in C&I) is a degree sought by teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of effective pedagogical practice to improve their students’ learning. This degree has five options from which to choose:

  • General
  • Early Childhood
  • Multicultural Education
  • Subject Matter Specialty
  • Teaching English as a Second Language

Requirements for Admission

Students admitted to School of Education graduate programs are governed by School of Education requirements and those of the School of Graduate Studies. Students seeking advanced degrees should consult the School of Graduate Studies section for regulations applicable to all graduate students.

Criteria for admission to a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree program include the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4-point scale)
  • One-page statement of interest/purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Degree Requirements

Core Courses (meet with advisor before enrolling)

The core for all options is made up of 18 credit hours of coursework from six categories: curriculum theory/ design, foundations of education, human development, research, assessment, and culture and diversity. Additionally, all MA in C&I options require a minimum of 12 credit hours devoted to a particular area of interest and a culminating experience of action research (3 credit hours).

Curriculum Theory/Design
Select one of the following:3
Introduction To Curriculum Theory
Curriculum Design
Foundations of Education
Select one of the following:3
Cultural Foundations Of Education
Philosophical Foundations Of Education
Historical Foundations Of Education
Human Development
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Educational Psychology
Child Behavior And Development
Adolescent Development and the School
Advanced Developmental Science Across the Lifespan
Research
Select one of the following:3
Statistical Methods I
Principles And Methods Of Research
Theory and Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning
Assessment
Select one of the following:3
Assessment of Diverse Learners, Engagement and Motivation
Classroom Assessment
Assessment for Special Educators
Principles Of Testing
Observation, Assessment & Screening in Early Childhood Classrooms
Culture and Diversity
Select one of the following:3
Teaching Diverse Populations In Today's Classrooms
Fundamentals of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Discipline Specific Pedagogy for Diverse Learners
Culturally Responsive Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners
Culminating Experience
One required:3
Action Research For Practitioners
Total Credits21

General Emphasis

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • 1. Evaluate instructional programs using knowledge of curriculum theory.
  • 2. Interpret and design multiple methods of assessment for the purposes of engaging students in learning, monitoring learning, and guiding decision making.
  • 3. Identify and describe concepts of individual, social, and cultural identities as they relate to planning for teaching and learning in an urban setting.
  • 4. Conduct research that includes collection and analysis of data that has potential to influence student achievement.

Program Requirements

The general option is the most flexible and allows students to create a program to meet their desire to become an accomplished teacher. This degree may be pursued concurrently with teacher certification. Additional coursework is required for certification. In addition to the core courses, students take coursework related to their educational role and supporting coursework in curriculum and instruction.

Core Courses
Core Courses (meet with adviser before enrolling)21
Courses Related to the Student's Educational Role
Approved coursework may be taken in any college or school of the University 115
Total Credits36

Early Childhood Emphasis

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • 1. Evaluate instructional programs using knowledge of curriculum theory.
  • 2. Interpret and design multiple methods of assessment for the purposes of engaging students in learning, monitoring learning, and guiding decision making.
  • 3. Identify and describe concepts of individual, social, and cultural identities as they relate to planning for teaching and learning in an urban setting.
  • 4. Conduct research that includes collection and analysis of data on at least one variable that has potential to influence student achievement.

Program Requirements

The following courses are required in addition to the core courses listed.

The early childhood emphasis is for those who hold elementary or early childhood teacher certification, or for those who are interested in the field of early care and education. The master's degree alone does not lead to certification in early childhood. Additional courses are required to obtain certification to teach early childhood education.

Early Childhood Courses
Select five of the following:15
Mathematics Learning Difficulties: Identification and Intervention
Play In Early Childhood Education
History, Theories, And Issues In Early Childhood Education
Curriculum Design
Fundamentals of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Teaching Of Reading
Early Literacy and Language Development
Reading Instruction for K-12 English Language Learners

 Subject Matter Emphasis

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • 1. Evaluate instructional programs using knowledge of curriculum theory.
  • 2. Interpret and design multiple methods of assessment for the purposes of engaging students in learning, monitoring learning, and guiding decision making.
  • 3. Identify and describe concepts of individual, social, and cultural identities as they relate to planning for teaching and learning in an urban setting.
  • 4. Conduct research that includes collection and analysis of data that has potential to influence student achievement.

Subject Matter Specialty Options

Subject Matter Specialty option focus areas include art, foreign languages, mathematics, and social studies. In addition to the core courses, students take coursework related to their area of certification. For each of the focus areas, the student works with an advisor to establish a program of study designed for the specific subject matter specialty. For foreign languages, see http://cas.umkc.edu/foreignlanguages/ and contact Alice Reckley (reckleya@umkc.edu), advisor.

Secondary Art

EDUC-C&I 5513Effective Communication In The Classroom3
EDUC-C&I 5515Integrated Arts As A Model For Classroom Instruction3
EDUC-C&I 5523Advanced Literature For Children3
EDUC-SP 5516Collaborating with Families and Other Professionals3
Graduate-Level Art History or Studio Art Course3
Total Credits15

 Secondary Mathematics

EDUC-C&I 5511Developing Multidisciplinary Problem Solving Skills3
EDUC-C&I 5536Specialized Secondary School Curriculum Mathematics3
Three additional courses to be determined with faculty advisor.9
Total Credits15

Secondary Social Studies

EDUC-C&I 5504Social Studies In the Schools3
GEOG 5509Urban Geography3
Additional credit hours9
Total Credits15

Teaching English as a Second Language Emphasis

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • 1. Evaluate instructional programs using knowledge of curriculum theory.
  • 2. Interpret and design multiple methods of assessment for the purposes of engaging students in learning, monitoring learning, and guiding decision making.
  • 3. Identify and describe concepts of individual, social, and cultural identities as they relate to planning for teaching and learning in an urban setting.
  • 4. Conduct research that includes collection and analysis of data on at least one variable that has potential to influence student achievement.

Program Requirements

The following courses are required in addition to the core courses listed:

Teaching English as a Second Language
EDUC-C&I 5545Linguistics for ESOL Teachers3
EDUC-C&I 5546Intercultural communication3
EDUC-C&I 5547Second Language Acquisition3
EDUC-C&I 5548English As A Second Language In Content Areas3
EDUC-C&I 5549Practicum In English As A Second Language3
EDUC-C&I 5542Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language3
Total Credits18

Courses must be approved by a faculty advisor.