Curriculum and Instruction
The mission of the Teacher Education Department is to develop reflective educators for a global society.
The MSSU Teacher Education faculty and staff are dedicated to developing competent teachers who will incorporate into their classrooms a strong foundation of knowledge and pedagogy; a lifelong love of teaching and learning; and motivation to improve practice through reflection, self-study, and professional development. It is our goal to assure that all candidates become ethical classroom practitioners, cognizant of the need to help all students meet their full learning potential. All Teacher Education programs have been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
About the Program
Classes in the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction are offered completely on-line. It is recommended that students take six hours per semester (fall, spring, and summer) and can finish in six semesters. The program and instruction have been designed for professional educators who want to continue their education around their busy schedules. Faculty members who teach in the M.S.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction program are experienced educational leaders and content specialists. The program provides teachers and other professionals with an opportunity to expand their knowledge in education, improve their practice and learn how to better plan and carry out their curriculum.
Program Learning Goals
- The teacher understands how students learn, develop and differ in their approaches to learning. The teacher provides learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
The teacher understands and uses formative and summative assessment strategies to assess the learner’s progress and uses both classroom and standardized assessment data to plan ongoing instruction. The teacher monitors the performance of each student, and devises instruction to enable students to grow and develop, making adequate academic progress.
|Master of Science in Education Curriculum and Instruction||36 credit hours|
|EDUC 630 Assessment of Student Learning||3|
|EDUC 650 Research Design||3|
|EDUC 605 Educational Technology||3|
|EDUC 620 Advanced Learning Theories||3|
|EDUC 625 Literacy Instruction||3|
|EDUC 640 Curriculum Construction||3|
|ELECTIVES (Choose 18 credit hours)|
|EDUC 645 Improvement of Instruction||3|
|EDUC 635 School Law||3|
|EDUC 660 Teacher Leadership||3|
|EDUC 601 Current Issues||3|
|EDUC 610 Multiculturalism in Education||3|
|EDUC 615 Managing Classroom Environment||3|
|EDUC 581 Advanced Language and Culture (Sociolinguistics)||3|
|EDUC 587 Advanced Grammar for Pedagogical||3|
Electives can be taken toward customized emphasis areas, including Secondary Content and/or *ELL
*leading to certification. Meet with the graduate program adviser to build your plan of study.
Admission to the M.S. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction
4. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org a writing prompt (between 500-1,000 words) that answer the following questions:What is your definition of effective teaching? Describe a time in which you faced a professional dilemma and explain how you handled the situation If you founded a university, what are three courses that would be required for all students? Why?
5. Submit to email@example.com a current resume.
7. A video recording, no longer than 5 minutes, of candidate describing:Introduction of self Professional background Professional goals Reason for applying to the program
Students who wish to apply for financial aid for a graduate program should complete the free application for student aid (FAFSA) and list the Missouri Southern State University school code; 002488. For graduate students, 6 to 8 hours is considered part-time and 9 or more hours is considered full time.
can be used for graduate studies until the award is exhausted, provided the student is degree-seeking.
Lion Pride Tuition : Students in the M.S.Ed. program are eligible for Lion Pride tuition grants in-state tuition to students from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska and Texas .
TEACH grants are available to eligible graduate students in Teacher Education; however the funding is linked to federal budget funding, so the amount of award funds may fluctuate.
Books and tuition are subject to change each semester. Tuition chart
In-State and Lion Pride Tuition - $350 per credit hour
Out of State Tuition - $350 per credit hour
Comprehensive Examination Cost - cost assessed by semester
Steps to Graduation
To ensure timely processing of your graduation application, please be aware of graduation deadlines.
- Complete all coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- Visit Lionet to submit your electronic graduation application in the term prior to graduation. Go to the Student Quick Links>Student Menu>Student Records>Apply to Graduate. A one-time, graduation cost will be assessed and must be paid, regardless of student participation in the commencement exercise.
- Contact your adviser, and they will process your graduation checklist and route it to the Registrar's Office.
- After the Graduation Checklist is received by the Registrar, a confirmation email will be sent to your university email account.
- If you are attending the ceremony, you will receive a prompt in Lionet to order your cap and gown.
- The graduate program student must successfully complete the Comprehensive Final Examination. The Teacher Education Department will notify the student with the specific date and time of the exam.
- Complete Department of Teacher Education departmental program exit survey.
Contact UsFor more information contact program coordinator Maggie Beachner, PH.D Dr. Maggie Beachner, M.S. Ed Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator Missouri Southern State University Gene Taylor Education Building 3950 E Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801 Office: 417-625-3079