curriculum

Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.)

Graduate
  • Online
  • Master's

About this Program

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program is designed to enrich the certified teacher’s knowledge of research-based teaching and learning in the context of the profession’s shifting landscape. Evening and summer classes make it possible for students to pursue the degree while continuing to teach, thereby strengthening the program's theory-to-practice approach.

Program Overview

Tuition & Fees 
Funding opportunities
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Relevant, Credible, Online

The C&I program offers a fully online model, purposefully designed to deliver high-quality learning experiences while accommodating the busy schedule of teaching professionals. Online classes provide students with flexibility and the convenience of working from home, while still allowing students to have rich conversations about teaching and learning. Our small class sizes and discussion-based courses encourage high levels of engagement. The program culminates in a final capstone research project based on a student's unique interests and learning goals.

Hood’s education faculty and adjunct instructors are professional educators who work in the very fields that they teach. They know, from everyday experience in local schools, how standards, curriculum and assessment in today's diverse classrooms affect teaching and learning across all disciplines. They understand what effective inquiry-based learning, differentiation and personalized learning look like in high-performing classrooms. As a direct result, students have the advantage of relevant course content that puts current theory into practice.

Unique Concentrations, Small Class Sizes

The C&I program offers concentrations in elementary education, secondary education, elementary school science and mathematics, and special education. Students advance through the program, taking myriad courses that delve into cognitive-based teaching learning and assessment. The range of courses focus on current best practices, emerging issues, equity and equality. Small classes mean individual support and meaningful opportunities for collaborative work. Through the online format, students tap into technology as a blended learning tool.

The Hood Education Department is recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education as an approved Educator Preparation Program provider.

Student & Alumni Testimonials 

"I was drawn to Hood College’s grad school program because of their blended learning environment. I was very interested in an on campus graduate school experience, where I would still have connections with my departmental advisors and professors as opposed to learning completely online." - Joy Nugent, Curriculum & Instruction M.S. '20

Please note the Curriculum and Instruction master's program is not open to F1 students.

NC Sara
Hood College participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

Degrees Offered

  • MS

For students applying to the curriculum and instruction program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit one copy of official transcripts from the institution where the highest degree was conferred.
  • Write a short essay (approx. 500 words) describing how you anticipate Hood College’s curriculum and instruction graduate program will benefit you and your professional goals.
  • Submit a copy of your teaching certificate.

Once these documents have been submitted to the Graduate School, the applicant will interview with the Program Director after which a decision for admittance into the curriculum and instruction graduate program will be made.

An applicant to the graduate program in curriculum and instruction must already hold teacher certification. This program does not issue initial teacher certification.

Professional Education Core Courses

EDUC 502Technology for Teaching, Learning & Leadership

3.0

EDUC 577Introduction to Educational Research

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching, Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 582Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0

Vanguard teachers enrolled in the program may take EDUC 599V1 in lieu of EDUC 502.

Foundation Courses (12 credits):

In addition to the four professional education core courses for the M.S. degree, students must complete four elementary education foundation courses (12 credits):

EDUC 533Effective Home-School Interaction: Research & Practice

3.0

EDUC 534Current Issues in Early Childhood & Elementary Education

3.0

EDUC 561Teaching Diverse Learners in an Inclusive Setting

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0


Content Electives (9 credits)

In addition to the professional education core and foundation courses, the candidate must select three elective courses from different curriculum areas. One must be taken in reading. Substitutions are permitted with approval by the program director or academic advisor. (9 credits)

Reading
EDUC 511Children's Literature

3.0

EDUC 517Materials for Teaching Reading: Instruction & Methods

3.0

EDUC 518Reading Instruction: Elementary

3.0

EDUC 520Reading Diagnosis

3.0

EDUC 521Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Reading

3.0

EDUC 535Integrating the Elementary Curriculum through Language Arts

3.0

EDUC 599LETRS1LETRS Word Recognition: Units 1 & 2

3.0

EDUC 599LETRS2LETRS Word Recognition: Units 3 & 4

3.0

Mathematics/STEM
EDMA 530Mathematics Education Leadership I

3.0

EDUC 530K-12 Blended Learning

3.0

EDUC 540Modern Science Methods

3.0

EDUC 545Modern Mathematics Methods

3.0

EDUC 546The Teaching of Numbers,Operations & Algebraic Thinking in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

EDUC 547The Teaching of Geometry & Measurement in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

EDUC 553Foundations of Elementary STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Education

3.0

Special Populations
EDUC 500Methods for Teaching Multilingual Learners

3.0

EDUC 574Curriculum & Methods in Inclusive Classrooms: English Language Arts & Social Studies

3.0

EDUC 576Curriculum & Methods in Inclusive Classrooms: Math and Science

3.0

 

Capstone (3 credits):

EDUC 597APart one of the capstone research project - offered Fall semester only

3.0

EDUC 597BPart two of the capstone research project - offered Spring semester only

3.0

Professional Education Core Courses

EDUC 502Technology for Teaching, Learning & Leadership

3.0

EDUC 577Introduction to Educational Research

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching, Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 582Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0
Vanguard teachers enrolled in the program may take EDUC 599V1 in lieu of EDUC 502.

Foundation Courses (12 credits):

In addition to the four professional education core courses for the M.S. degree, the candidate must complete four elementary school science and mathematics foundation courses (12 credits):

EDUC 540Modern Science Methods

3.0

EDUC 545Modern Mathematics Methods

3.0

EDUC 576Curriculum & Methods in Inclusive Classrooms: Math and Science

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0

Content Electives (9 credits):

In addition to the professional education and foundation courses, the candidate must select three courses from different content and topic areas, either from the science or mathematics disciplines with the approval of the adviser, or from the following education courses (9 credits).

EDUC 500Methods for Teaching Multilingual Learners

3.0

EDUC 530K-12 Blended Learning

3.0

EDUC 539National Board Certification Support

3.0

EDUC 542Topics in Elementary Physical & Earth Science

3.0

EDUC 544Topics in Elementary Life Science

3.0

EDUC 546The Teaching of Numbers, Operations & Algebraic Thinking in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

EDUC 547The Teaching of Geometry & Measurement in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

EDUC 553Foundations of Elementary STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Education

3.0

 

Capstone (3 credits):

EDUC 597APart one of the capstone research project - offered Fall semester only

3.0

EDUC 597BPart two of the capstone research project - offered Spring semester only

3.0

Professional Education Core Courses

EDUC 502Technology for Teaching, Learning & Leadership

3.0

EDUC 577Introduction to Educational Research

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching, Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 582Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0
Vanguard teachers enrolled in the program may take EDUC 599V1 in lieu of EDUC 502.

Foundation Courses (9 credits):

In addition to the four professional education core courses for the M.S. degree, students must select three secondary foundation courses (9 credits):

EDUC 561Teaching Diverse Learners in an Inclusive Setting

3.0

EDUC 565Classroom Organization & Management in Special Education

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

Total Credit Hours:9.0

Content Electives (12 credits):

In addition to the professional education and foundation courses, candidates must select four courses from professional and content areas that form a coherent unit of study within the secondary teaching areas. These 500-level courses may be selected from offerings by the various departments at Hood, including the Education Department, and must be approved by the adviser. Students may select from the following listing of content areas, provided that they have met course prerequisites and any subject matter departmental requirements. Students should check with their academic adviser each semester for course availability and additional courses that may become available (12 credits):

Biomedical Science

BMS 511/BIOL 411Protein Biochemistry

3.0

BMS 512/BIOL 412Biochemistry of Intermediary Metabolism

3.0

BMS 523Cell Structure & Function

3.0

BMS 524/BIOL 424Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Cells

3.0

Environmental Biology
ENV 501Introduction to Environmental Biology

3.0

ENV 502Principles of Ecology

3.0

ENV 503/ENSP 403Pollution Biology

3.0

ENV 507/ENSP 407Natural Resource Management

3.0

Mathematics
MATH 500Statistics

3.0

MATH 501Explorations in Geometry

3.0

MATH 502Explorations in Algebra

3.0

MATH 505Discrete Math

3.0

MATH 507/MATH 407Introduction to Graph Theory

3.0

MATH 509/MATH 409Elementary Number Theory

3.0

EDUC 547The Teaching of Geometry & Measurement in Elementary & Middle School

3.0

Some of these courses may be applied toward the Mathematics Department’s Certificate in Secondary Mathematics Education program. This certificate does not lead to initial teacher certification.

Mathematics Education
EDUC 551The Teaching of Geometry

3.0

EDUC 552The Teaching of Algebra

3.0

EDUC 595The Teaching of Statistics & Probability: Decision Making with Mathematics

3.0

EDUC 596The Teaching of Mathematical Modeling: Strategies for Contemporary Problems

3.0

 

Capstone (3 credits):

EDUC 597APart one of the capstone research project - offered Fall semester only

3.0

EDUC 597BPart two of the capstone research project - offered Spring semester only

3.0

Professional Education Core Courses (12 credits)

EDUC 502Technology for Teaching, Learning & Leadership

3.0

EDUC 577Introduction to Educational Research

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching, Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 582Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society

3.0

Total Credit Hours:12.0
Vanguard teachers enrolled in the program may take EDUC 599V1 in lieu of EDUC 502.
 

Foundation Courses (9 credits):

In addition to the four professional education core courses for the M.S. degree, all candidates in the Special Education Concentration must complete three courses in special education content coursework for 9 credits:

EDUC 565Classroom Organization & Management in Special Education

3.0

EDUC 571Historical, Philosophical & Legal Foundations of Special Education

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

Total Credit Hours:9.0

EDUC 571: Waived if student has taken special education survey or mainstreaming course at the undergraduate or graduate level within five years and obtained a grade of “B.” An elective may then be selected by the student.

 

Content Electives (12 credits):

In addition to the professional education core and foundation courses, the candidate must select four elective courses. One must be taken in reading. Substitutions are permitted with approval by the program director. (12 credits)

EDUC 500Methods for Teaching Multilingual Learners

3.0

EDUC 530K-12 Blended Learning

3.0

EDUC 539National Board Certification Support

3.0

EDUC 553Foundations of Elementary STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) Education

3.0

EDUC 573Assessment, Diagnosis & Prescription in Special Education

3.0

EDUC 574Curriculum & Methods in Inclusive Classrooms: English Language Arts & Social Studies

3.0

EDUC 576Curriculum & Methods in Inclusive Classrooms: Math and Science

3.0

Reading

EDUC 511Children's Literature

3.0

EDUC 517Materials for Teaching Reading: Instruction & Methods

3.0

EDUC 518Reading Instruction: Elementary

3.0

EDUC 520Reading Diagnosis

3.0

EDUC 521Contemporary Issues in the Teaching of Reading

3.0

EDUC 535Integrating the Elementary Curriculum through Language Arts

3.0

EDUC 599LETRS1LETRS Word Recognition: Units 1 & 2

3.0

EDUC 599LETRS2LETRS Word Recognition: Units 3 & 4

3.0

EDUC 599LETRS3LETRS Word Recognition: Units 5 and 6

3.0

EDUC 599LETRS4LETRS Word Recognition: Units 7 and 8

3.0

 

Capstone (3 credits):

EDUC 597APart one of the capstone research project - offered Fall semester only

3.0

EDUC 597BPart two of the capstone research project - offered Spring semester only

3.0

Program Contact

Phone
301-696-3463
Nick Masucci

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
Office: 301-696-3601 Cell/WhatsApp: 240-651-4015

Our Faculty...

are active in national professional organizations and in local schools as supervisors of teacher candidates.

All Faculty
Kristine Calo

Kristine Calo

  • Professor of Education
  • Chair, Department of Education
  • Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Education
Christy Graybeal

Christy Graybeal

  • Professor of Education and Mathematics
  • Chair, Department of Education
  • Program Director, Mathematics Education and Math Instructional Leadership
Rebecca Grove

Rebecca Grove

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Program Coordinator, Secondary Education
  • Director of First Year Seminar
Marisel Torres-Crespo

Education Faculty Nominated to Online Learning Council

Marisel Torres-Crespo, Ph.D. Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student

“I am ready to learn a lot from my new colleagues at different institutions and to offer my support as much as I can. Also, I want to put Hood College’s name on the map for online learning.”

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