Program Goal

The goal of the educational specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership is to build on the master's degree in curriculum and instruction on the theme of Transformative Leadership.  The degree is designed for educators who want to assume positions as curriculum leaders. 

Most candidates will have a degree in an area related to the field of education.  Their faculty advisor, however, may require additional course work.  This would depend upon the applicant's background, previous coursework and anticipated school role.

The Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to further enhance the skills and knowledge necessary to collaborate with other educators and lead in the development of learning opportunities which:

  • promote the learning, growth and development of all students, valuing the differences that diverse learners bring to the school experience;
  • demonstrate understanding of how knowledge is created, organized and linked to other disciplines;
  • engage in curricular interactions with diverse learners through multiple pathways;
  • equitably manage and monitor student learning;
  • promote reflective teaching and decision-making;
  • encourage the development of learning communities to include education professionals, parents and other community members.

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be obtained from and submitted to the Office of Admissions.

Students are eligible for full admission to the Ed.S. program in Curriculum and Instruction if they have met two of the three following requirements:

  • Master's degree in an educational area with a minimum grade  point average of 3.25
  • Two years of teaching experience
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with score of 155 or better on Verbal component

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Critical thinking: Candidates demonstrate critical thinking through interpretation, problem solving, evaluation, and analysis.

  2. Oral and written communication: Candidates express their thinking clearly and professionally in written and oral communication.

  3. Fairness and equity: Candidates treat students equitably and demonstrate the belief that all students can learn.

  4. Content knowledge and pedagogy: Candidates demonstrate mastery of their content and expertise in pedagogy.

  5. Create learning environments and effective assessment: Candidates demonstrate the ability to create quality learning environments

  6. and to effectively assess student learning.

  7. Self-reflection that leads to continual improvement: Candidates demonstrate a commitment to continual improvement through self-reflection.

  8. Collaboration with colleagues and other stakeholders: Candidates demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals and stakeholders, such as parents and the community.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 36 hours of approved graduate work beyond the master's degree is required for the educational specialist degree, with at least 60 percent of the courses numbered 5500 and above.  Any courses on the 300 and 400 level included in the Ed.S. program of study must be accepted by the advisor and taken for graduate credit.

As soon as possible after admission to graduate study, students should seek to meet with the assigned faculty advisor to plan a program of study.  This program must be filed in the Education Student Services Office and approved by the dean's representative during the student's first semester. A majority (80%) of new coursework applied to any graduate degree to be completed at UMKC must be taken at UMKC. Credits of transfer courses may be applied to the program if approved by the student's advisor and the Division Chair. Courses may be reviewed by a content specialist prior to advisor or Chair approval for similarity in content between courses. Transfer credit not included in a master's degree must not be more than 7 years old at the time of degree completion or graduation.

UMKC credit more than seven years old at the time of degree completion that has not been included on a master's degree is not applicable to an Ed.S. degree unless validated to the satisfaction of the School of Education and the School of Graduate Studies.  A maximum of 30 percent of coursework on the student's program of study may be validated under this procedure.  All validation must be completed by the end of the final semester of enrollment.

Curriculum Summary

EDUC-R&P 5513Life Span Human Development3
EDUC-C&I 5570Curriculum And Instruction In Technology3
EDUC-C&I 5505Introduction To Curriculum Theory3
EDUC-C&I 5506Curriculum Design3
or EDUC-C&I 5640 Curriculum and Teaching for the College Classroom
EDUC-SP 5513Methods II: Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities3
EDUC-C&I 5618Survey Of Research In Curriculum3
EDUC-C&I 5620Seminars In Theories Related To Curriculum3
EDUC-C&I 5596Classroom Assessment3
EDUC-R&P 5505Statistical Methods I3
or EDUC-R&P 5508 Principles And Methods Of Research
EDUC-C&I 5560Teaching And Learning In The Urban Classroom3
EDUC 5621Practicum In Curriculum And Instruction6
EDUC 5621Practicum In Curriculum And Instruction3
EDUC-C&I 5595Action Research For Practitioners3


One full-time summer session or one full-time semester is required.

Program Committee

Final program planning is the joint responsibility of the candidate, the advisor and the candidate's committee. The committee shall consist of three faculty members, all from curriculum and instruction or two faculty members from curriculum and instruction and a faculty member from another division of the School of Education or University.

This committee and the candidate shall work cooperatively in reviewing progress in the program, planning the culminating experience and making arrangements for the comprehensive examination.

Comprehensive Examination

Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in curriculum upon the completion of the culminating experience. This four-hour examination may be either written or oral, at the discretion of the committee.