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Students can earn a PhD, EdD, EdS, or a MEd in this area of study. The PhD in Education allows students to focus their studies in one of several areas: Early Childhood Special Education, English Education, Gifted Education, Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, Reading Education, Science Education, General Special Education, or Social Studies Education. Program completers typically assume positions in colleges and universities, as leaders of curriculum and instruction in school divisions, or as program specialists in human service agencies. Guidelines for meeting program requirements are outlined on the Curry website.
The EdD track prepares graduates to: (1) produce scholar-practitioner research that adds to the knowledge base of a specific organization and/or program; (2) educate teachers in the areas of curricular expertise and evidence-based practice; and (3) provide effective leadership in the field of teacher education. The program provides the opportunity for students to include a supporting area of study. Students can focus studies in general Curriculum and Instruction or focus primarily on Reading Education. Those concentrating on Reading complete requirements needed to qualify for a Reading Specialist Endorsement. Requirements are outlined on the Curry website.
The EdS degree in Curriculum and Instruction allows enrollees to focus on one of several content areas, including Reading Education and Gifted Education. Studies prepare students for positions within schools, community colleges, museums, and other community settings. Advisors meet with students to design a course of study that includes core and elective courses that complement professional goals. The EdS. degree is a 30-hour (minimum) post-masters graduate degree designed for the professional educator.
The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for experienced educators who wish to enhance their teaching skills or work with school divisions in a variety of capacities. As noted on the website, areas of concentration include Gifted Education, Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, Reading Education, Science Education, General Special Education, or Social Studies Education. If they complete required coursework, field work, and state-mandated requirements, those focusing on Gifted and Reading Education can be recommended for endorsement in their area of specialty.
A Certificate option is available to individuals who are interested in improving their knowledge and skills in the area of Reading or Gifted education but do not wish to earn a terminal degree. For information about this option and degree areas in the area of Curriculum and Instruction, see the Curry website.