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. Candidates who hold an Oregon Initial II teaching license and were admitted prior to September 2014 can also pursue the Oregon Continuing Teaching License as part of their M.Ed. program. [updated 9/22/2014]

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. Those admitted prior to September 2014 can also earj the Oregon Continuing Teaching License. [updated 9/22/2014]

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
Endorsement/Licensure Courses

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 Teaching License (minimum of 13 s.h.) [Note: Due to changes in Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission licensing rules, no new candidates will be admitted to this program after September 2014. Updated 9/22/2014.]
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. A full list of education courses is available in this catalog.

Graduate Core Requirement

Students must complete two Core Units. Core experiences that fulfill the two-unit requirement are described on the Core website.

Continuing Teaching License

For candidates admitted prior to September 2014 only: Teachers holding an Oregon Initial II Teaching License and who are planning to complete an endorsement as part of their M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program are invited to combine the Continuing Teaching License program with the endorsement. The requirements for the Continuing Teaching License are embedded in the requirements for each endorsement (with the exception of Track II of the ESOL/Bilingual endorsement program), or the the stand-alone Continuing Teaching License program.

Lewis & Clark will recommended you to the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) for the Oregon Continuing Teaching License if the following conditions have been met:

  1. You have been admitted to and completed the required coursework, portfolio, and practica (if required) for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction degree
  2. You have completed all requirements of the Initial I and the Initial II licenses
  3. You hold a master's degree or higher in the arts and sciences or an advanced degree in the professions

Please note:

  • Due to changes in the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) licensing rules, the Continuing Teaching License option is available only for those who are admitted to the M.Ed. prior to September 2014.
  • At the time students apply to TSPC for the Continuing Teaching License they must have taught five years or more on any nonprovisional license appropriate for the assignment.
  • The NES, ORELA, or PRAXIS II subject area test is required in order to apply to TSPC for each endorsement. No tests are currently required by TSPC for the Continuing Teaching License itself.

[Updated 9/22/2014]

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

Stand-Alone Continuing Teaching License courses

Note: The course numbers given below are for on-campus courses. All courses have off-campus equivalents with a 600-level version of the course number. A full list is available in this catalog on the Education Courses page.

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LA 501 Researching and Teaching the Language Arts

Content: Development of a framework, based on a wide range of research findings, from which to make informed decisions about curriculum and teaching approaches that engage students in listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences that are responsive to individual differences, interests, developmental levels, and cultural contexts. Emphasis on framing teachers' own classroom inquiry through the adoption of habits of teacher research that focus on personal and scholarly reflection.
Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 3 semester hours.

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LA 534 Reading Comprehension: Theory and Practical Application

Content: In-depth exploration of current models and trends in reading comprehension and its cognitive and linguistic components. Students read widely from professional journals, explore and reflect on their personal reading processes, and do theoretical and practical projects to further their understanding. Examines factors that contribute to reading difficulty (from early childhood through adulthood), as well as important issues and questions about standardized tests, observational diagnostics, readability formulas, and the effectiveness and theoretical validity of published programs.
Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 3 semester hours.

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ESOL 501 Strategies and Materials for Teaching Content and English Language Development to ESOL/Bilingual Students

Content: How and whys of content-learning approaches such as sheltered English, integrated language teaching, applications of language experience, whole language, and cooperative learning for second-language learners. Provides grounding in the relationship between first- and second-language literacy, oral language proficiency, and culturally responsive reading comprehension. Explores materials, literacy teaching approaches, classroom organization, formal and alternative assessment measures, technology integration, and the alignment of curriculum models with English-language proficiency levels. Participants critically examine curriculum models, community resources, and content in relation to student experience.
Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 3 semester hours.

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SPED 510 Educating Students with Exceptionalities: Learning and Legal Issues

Content: Analysis of child/adolescent development and the cognitive, linguistic, motor, behavioral, and learning characteristics of individuals with special needs. Topics include characteristics of exceptional learners, special-education history, current policies and procedures based on scientific research, incorporation of technology, and legal issues. Candidates develop or refine a research-based foundation in the education of students with special needs, including the impact of linguistic and cultural variability on special education eligibility and practice.
Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 2 semester hours.

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ED 520A Professional Portfolio I

Content: Offers participants an opportunity to explore their strengths, needs, and possibilities in their current teaching setting. Participants construct a teaching narrative and design an individualized blueprint for the professional portfolio that documents their knowledge and performance in Oregon's advanced teaching competencies during their program of study.
Prerequisites: None.
Restrictions: Initial Teaching License and admission to a Continuing Teaching License program, or consent of the department chair.
Credits: 1 semester hour.

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ED 520B Professional Portfolio II

Content: "Community of learners" forum for teachers pursuing a Continuing Teaching License Program. Supports candidates as they develop a portfolio of evidence demonstrating they have acquired the skills necessary for recommendation for an Oregon Continuing Teaching License. Includes presentation of the portfolio begun in the first Professional Portfolio course.
Prerequisites: ED 520A.
Restrictions: Initial Teaching License and admission to a Continuing Teaching License program.
Credits: 1 semester hour.

Elective Courses

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