Graduate Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction

Lewis & Clark offers an engaging, individually designed course of study for teachers wishing to engage in advanced study and improve their professional practice. The Curriculum and Instruction program provides maximum flexibility and allows degree candidates to identify their individual learning needs and select appropriate courses in education and academic content. The course of study is planned in consultation with a faculty advisor. As part of the M.Ed. program, students may choose to complete coursework toward one or more endorsements in the areas of ESOL/bilingual education, reading, or special education, and may also earn a certificate such as the Oregon Writing Project Certificate in the Teaching of Writing or the Teacher Leadership for Equity and Social Justice Certificate.

The M.Ed. program in Curriculum and Instruction can provide exceptional value for educators looking to advance their careers. With careful planning, students can combine up to three programs in one—earning not only a degree, but also up to two endorsements or an endorsement and a certificate.

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 36 semester hours, distributed as follows:

Required Degree Courses
ED 500Educational Research3
ED 509Master's Project Seminar2

Students must choose at least one of the following four options and may work with an advisor to explore combining more than one of the following options:

  1. All courses required for Track I of the ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual endorsement (minimum of 14 semester hours), plus LA 501 Researching and Teaching the Language Arts (3 s.h.)
  2. All courses required for the Reading endorsement (minimum of 14 s.h.), plus LA 501 Researching and Teaching the Language Arts (3 s.h.)
  3. All courses required for the Special Education endorsement (minimum of 18 s.h.)
  4. All courses required for the stand-alone Continuing/Professional Teaching License (minimum of 13 s.h.)*
Elective Courses

All remaining semester hours will be earned as electives chosen jointly by the advisor and student. Students may choose to pursue coursework toward the Oregon Writing Project Certificate in the Teaching of Writing or the Teacher Leadership for Equity and Social Justice Certificate. A full list of education courses is available in this catalog.

*Note About the Continuing/Professional Teaching License: Due to changes in the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) licensing rules, the Continuing/Professional Teaching License option is available only for those who are admitted to the M.Ed. prior to September 2014. Also note that as of September 2014, the requirements for the Continuing/Professional Teaching License are no longer embedded in the requirements for endorsement programs.

Required Courses

M.Ed. Courses

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ED 500 Educational Research

Content: This course examines how professional educators can gather and interpret the information they need for effective decision making. Topics include the major uses and components of classroom or school-based research processes, quantitative and qualitative methods, the scholarly critique of research studies, and what it means to be a reflective teacher-researcher.
Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 2-3 semester hours.

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ED 509 Master's Project Seminar

Content: Culmination of the master's inservice program. Students have the opportunity to integrate what they have learned. In consultation with the instructor, students design a project that defines and answers a question about creating engaging, responsive, democratic learning communities for diverse learners related to their teaching or intellectual and professional development. Class time is reduced to accommodate individual conferences with the instructor and students' research time. The class meets as a group to support students' synthesis of each other's work and for problem-solving as research and writing proceed.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: To be taken at end of master's program.
Credits: 2 semester hours.

Endorsement Courses

Elective Courses

A full list of education courses is available elsewhere in this catalog.