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Master of Education – Curriculum & Instruction: Special Education Leadership Specialization

The 21st Century student learns differently than the 20th Century student. Prepare to meet the needs of today’s digital natives with an M.Ed. degree program that gives you the skills you need to facilitate learning through evidence-based integration of current teaching tools.

Salem International University offers a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Teaching and Learning for experienced K-12 teachers who want to raise the quality of teaching in their classrooms and at their schools. This degree, aligned with the standards set by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), is available online.

Objectives of This Program

The Teaching and Learning concentration builds on our core M.Ed. curriculum to help you:

  • Facilitate content knowledge learning and critical thinking development for all students.
  • Integrate technology across the curriculum, for educational experiences that improve students’ research and reflect the way they live their lives.
  • Critically evaluate curricula, instructional methods, and teaching tools based on educational research and the needs of your specific student population.
  • Prepare to lead and provide instructional mentoring for teacher peers.

Career Opportunities

After completing our M.Ed. in 21st Century Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Teaching and Learning, you will be prepared to serve as an instructional coordinator at the building or district level. In addition, you may be equipped to pursue a career outside of the classroom in educational consulting or with textbook and educational software publishers.

Program of Study

Our online Master of Education program consists of twelve courses: seven core classes and five in the concentration area of your choice.

Core M.Ed. Courses:
  • EDU570 Curriculum Development
  • EDU580 Analysis of Teaching
  • EDU585 Assessment of Learning
  • EDU640 Public School Finance and Administrative Applications
  • EDU670 Instructional Leadership
  • EDU691 Technology Competencies for Educational Leaders
  • EDU699 Educational Research
Teaching and Learning Concentration Courses:
  • EDU500 Foundations of American Education
  • EDU540 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • EDU541 Tools for Technology Integration
  • EDU542 Technology Applications for Curriculum
  • EDU652 School, District, and Community Leadership

Course Descriptions

EDU570 – Curriculum Development (3 Credits)
This is specifically designed to provide graduate students with the ability to analyze, evaluate, and understand the foundations of teaching and learning and how they relate to curriculum development. Course topics include the history, principles, philosophy and concepts that underlie curriculum and instructional practices in 21st Century public school learning communities. Course assignments focus on activities which relate the student’s personal experience to theory and relate this reflection to a larger school and district perspective.

EDU580 – Analysis of Teaching (3 Credits)
This course is specifically designed to provide graduate students with the ability to analyze and evaluate teaching, and how sound, research-based pedagogy facilitates 21st Century teaching and learning. Through field experience based activities, students will use a data driven analysis of teaching to improve their own practice and the practice of others. This includes analysis and application of state and national teaching standards utilizing observed examples of teacher practice. An action research project will also be developed and proposed utilizing the educator’s professional setting as a laboratory to improve their own instruction based on student achievement.

EDU585 – Assessment of Learning (3 Credits)
This course examines the role of the school mission statement and use of assessment to support the school improvement process. It focuses various types of formative and summative assessments, with specific emphasis on analysis of test results and their use in the improvement of curriculum, instruction, student learning, and decision-making at the classroom, school, and district levels. Candidates also analyze and document leadership strategies that facilitate school improvement.

EDU640 – Public School Finance and Administrative Applications (3 Credits)
This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for effective school business leadership. The course addresses the concepts of school finance including the economics of public education, issues of equity, sources of revenue, types of expenditures, court cases related to school funding, the development of school finance systems, and administering the school budget as well as the local, state, and federal roles in the school funding process. Students will apply concepts and policies to real situations using case studies and field experiences to demonstrate the skills needed to administer and manage educational programs and finances at various programmatic levels.

EDU670 – Instructional Leadership (3 Credits)
This course focuses on development of skills in instructional leadership including: recognizing and utilizing research-based best practices, the role of standards and assessment at the school and district level, and the development and implementation of professional development and staff evaluation processes to support learning for all students. Emphasis is placed on regular and special needs students, learning styles, special education regulations, and West Virginia’s Content Standards and Objectives (CSO). Design of staff development activities and evaluation of instructional resources and technology for education also are emphasized. EDU 670 includes 30 hours of fieldwork (15 building and 15 district) to support course activities.

EDU691 – Technology Competencies for Educational Leaders (3 Credits)
This course, based on ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators, aims to improve the technology competencies of future educational leaders and to prepare them to be more efficient practitioners and facilitators of 21st century learning. It addresses areas such as technology competences for administrators, technology planning, productivity tools, technology-enhanced learning environments, school administration systems, communication tools, and appropriate use of technology. EDU 691 includes 30 hours of fieldwork (15 building and 15 district) to support course activities.

EDU699 – Educational Research (3 Credits)
This course aims to enable students to evaluate and conduct educational research and to motivate them to reflect on their educational philosophy. The course comprises a study of educational research theory, critical analysis of published research reports, and the completion of a research project. Students enrolled in the class will conduct a research project and submit a research report that adheres to the conventions of the American Psychological Association publication manual.

Overview of Admission Requirements

Applicants to our Master of Education in 21st Century Curriculum and Instruction programs must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold earned an undergraduate degree in education from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Hold a valid teaching certificate
  • Have access to appropriate Field Work settings with qualified Site Supervisors to act as mentors throughout the program

Please see the application page for more details.

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