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Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction Concentration

Throughout their bachelor degree years (and afterwards, in professional development courses), teachers spend plenty of time studying the ways K-12 students learn, and how to effectively teach to their strengths. Teachers who want to advance their knowledge of the teaching and learning process, as well as understand the principles of curriculum design, can pursue their Master of Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.).

Averett University’s Graduate and Professional Studies division offers a 15 month, 30-credit M.Ed. program designed for current, certified Virginia teachers. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction is is formatted to fit with the busy educator’s schedule through online distance learning, for professional development that doesn’t prevent you meeting other obligations.

Goals and Course Topics – M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Graduates of this online Master of Education degree program should have an advanced understanding of the teaching and learning process, including effective assessment methods and instructional techniques. They should be capable of acting as curriculum advisors or leaders within their K-12 schools.

Course topics in this program include:

  • Evaluating instructional procedures
  • Curriculum development and design
  • Adolescent and child psychology
  • Meeting the needs of exceptional learners
  • Digitally-mediated instruction

Research methods and critical analysis of educational research is also emphasized.

Format of the M.Ed. Program

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at Averett is presented in an accelerated, cohort-based format. This means that a group of students advance through each course in the program in six-week blocks, allowing for intensive study of each concept.

Class sizes are small, ensuring that students have the opportunity to contribute to discussions and projects, and allowing for personal attention from the instructor.

Who Should Apply for This Program

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is for Virginia teachers with current certification. We prefer applicants who can prove they:

  • Are currently certified and give a resume detailing dates of employment
  • Earned at least a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 credits’ worth of bachelor degree study (demonstrated with official transcripts from a regionally-accredited institution)
  • Have a minimum of one year’s full time teaching experience as a certified teacher
  • Passed one of the following tests: Praxis I (composite score of 532; writing section score of 176), Praxis II, Graduate Record Examination (combined score of 850), Miller Analogies Test (score of 400), Virginia DOE Test (combined score of 470).

Full admissions requirements, transfer credit information, and graduation requirements are available in our GPS Catalog. Your enrollment representative will work with you to obtain your official transcripts, and Averett will pay for the costs associated with ordering them.

Once your transcripts are received and processed, we will provide an official evaluation for the degree program in which you qualify.

For more information on our professional and graduate studies programs, contact us. You can also request more information and take the next step in your teaching career!

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