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Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

Requirements

The Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) at Utah Valley University is an applied master’s program aimed at building the instructional skills and professional competency of teachers. Currently there are five options for participants: Models of Instruction; English as a Second Language (ESL); Elementary Mathematics; Reading I, and Educational Technology. The M.Ed. program emphasizes coursework that prepares teachers to become instructional leaders, with classes in advanced pedagogy, subject matter content, curriculum design, and assessment. Core coursework in research methods is required of participants in all options, however, students select a topic for a culminating project according to their interest or area of licensure in K-12 education.

Total Program Credits: 30

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. Application for admission.
  2. Bachelor degree from an accredited institution.
  3. Graduate Records Exam (GRE) with a verbal and quantitative score at or above the 40th percentile.
  4. Overall grade point average in undergraduate work of 3.2 or higher or have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher for the last 60 semester hours of college or university credit.
  5. Interview with School of Education Graduate Committee.
  6. Three professional letters of recommendation.

Preference will be given to individuals who have at least one year of successful teaching experience in grades K-12. A one-year internship will count as the preferred year of successful teaching.
Preference will be given to practicing teachers who have access to an established classroom.

Discipline Core Requirements: 30 Credits
  EDUC 6100 Research Methodology 3
  EDUC 6110 Applied Statistics for Education 3
  EDUC 6200 Masters Project 3
  EDUC 6910 Project I 1
  EDUC 6920 Project II 1
  EDUC 693R Project III 1
Complete one of the following five options. 18
Option One: Models of Instruction:
  EDUC 6300 Curriculum Design (3.0)  
  EDUC 6310 Program Assessment (3.0)  
  EDUC 6320 Instructional Models I (3.0)  
  EDUC 6330 Instructional Models II (3.0)  
  EDUC 6400 Transformational Leadership (3.0)  
  EDUC 6410 Contemporary Issues (3.0)  
Option Two: English as a Second Language *
  EDUC 6340 English as a Second Language Methods (3.0)  
  EDUC 6350 Theories of Second Language Acquisition (3.0)  
  EDUC 6360 Multicultural Education (3.0)  
  EDUC 6370 Assessment of Second Language Learners (3.0)  
  EDUC 6380 Literacy and Linguistics in English as a Second Language (3.0)  
  EDUC 6390 Family and Community Involvement (3.0)  
Option Three: Elementary Mathematics *
  EDUC 6500 Teaching K-8 Numbers and Operations (3.0)  
  EDUC 6510 Teaching K-8 Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning (3.0)  
  EDUC 6520 Teaching K-8 Algebraic Reasoning (3.0)  
  EDUC 6530 Teaching K-8 Geometry and Measurement (3.0)  
  EDUC 6540 Teaching K-8 Data Analysis and Problem Solving (3.0)  
  EDUC 6550 Teaching K-8 Assessment and Intervention (3.0)  
Option Four: Educational Technology *
  EDUC 6800 Cognition, Education and Technology (3.0)  
  EDUC 6810 Instruction, Curriculum and Educational Leadership in the Digital Age (3.0)  
  EDUC 6820 Designing and Producing Media for Instruction (3.0)  
  EDUC 6830 Digital Models of Instruction (3.0)  
  EDUC 6840 Universal Design for Learning (3.0)  
  EDUC 6850 Digital Course Design Capstone (3.0)  
Option Five: Reading I *
  EDUC 6660 Reading Assessments and Instructional Interventions (3.0)  
  EDUC 6661 Literacy and Cognition of Reading (3.0)  
  EDUC 6662 Early Literacy Instruction (3.0)  
  EDUC 6663 Content Area Reading (3.0)  
  EDUC 6664 Adolescent Literacy (3.0)  
  EDUC 6665 Reading Comprehension Instruction (3.0)  
  EDUC 6666 Effective Writing Instruction (3.0)  
Other degree options as approved by the Dean of the UVU School of Education

  Graduation Requirements:

  1. Complete all courses with a grade of B- or better with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Graduate project proposal accepted by School of Education Graduate Committee.
  3. Graduate project completed and accepted by the School of Education Graduate Committee.
  4. Courses and project requirements must be finished within a five year period. No courses will apply toward graduation that are older than five years.
Footnotes
* This option may allow the transfer of up to 12 credits from 5000 level courses taken in this area of study; however, 6 additional credits of master's level courses would be required. Please contact your advisor for more information.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in  Wolverine Track .

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
EDUC 6100 Research Methodology 3
EDUC 6110 Applied Statistics for Education 3
  Option Course 1 3
  Semester total: 9
Notes: Option Course 1 - Models of Instruction, EDUC 6320; ESL, EDUC 6350; Ed Tech, EDUC 6800; Elem Math, 6500; Reading I, 6660
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
EDUC 6200 Master's Project 3
EDUC 6910 Project I 1
  Semester total: 4
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
EDUC 6920 Project II 1
  Option Course II 3
  Semester total: 4
Notes: Notes: Option Course II - Models of Instruction, EDUC 6330; ESL, EDUC 6360; Ed Tech, EDUC 6810; Elem Math, 6510; Reading I, 6661
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
  Option Course III 3
  Option Course IV 3
  Option Course V*  
  Semester total: 6
Notes: Notes: Option Course III - Models of Instruction, EDUC 6300; ESL, EDUC 6340; Ed Tech, EDUC 6820; Elem Math, 6520; Reading I, 6662. Option Course IV - Models of Instruction, EDUC 6410; ESL, EDUC 6370; Ed Tech, EDUC 6830; Elem Math, 6530; Reading I, 6663. *Option Course V - Reading 1, EDUC 6664
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
  Option Course VI 3
  Semester total: 3
Notes: Models of Instruction, EDUC 6310; ESL, EDUC 6380; Ed Tech, EDUC 6840; Elem Math, 6540; Reading I, 6665.
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
EDUC 693R Project III 1
  Option Course VII 3
  Semester total: 4
Notes: Models of Instruction, EDUC 6400; ESL, EDUC 6390; Ed Tech, EDUC 6850; Elem Math, 6550; Reading I, 6666.
  Degree total: 30

Department

Education Graduate Studies

  • Dean: Parker Fawson
  • Office: ME 117b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8006

  • Associate Dean:
    Stan Harward
  • Office: ME 112a
  • Telephone: 801-863-6571

  • Assistant to Dean:
    Wendi Hillman
  • Office: ME 117
  • Telephone: 801-863-6543
 
 

Master of Education

  • Coordinator of Graduate Studies: Mary Sowder
  • Office: ME 116c
  • Telephone: 801-863-6723

  • Advisor:
    Rick Dumont
  • Office: ME 114b
  • Telephone: 801-863-8217

Program Description

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at Utah Valley University is an applied master’s degree aimed at building the instructional skill and professional competency of teachers. The goal is to enable participants to become more proficient in selecting optimum, research-based, curriculum design strategies that best apply to specific teaching situations.

There are three options within the Curriculum and Instruction Degree:

      1. Models of Instruction
      2. English as a Second Language (ESL)
      3. Elementary Mathematics or
      4. Educational Technology

The M.Ed. degree focuses on a project action research in teaching and learning that is the culminating activity in the program. Students use appropriate research methods to produce a report on a project aligned with their specific teaching interests.

While core coursework is required of all participants in research, theory, content, and in one of the program options (educational technology, elementary mathematics, instructional models or ESL issues), students may select to complete their final project for any of the teaching content areas accepted by the Utah State Office of Education for either elementary education or secondary education. This breadth includes any of the following content areas, (a) fine arts, (b) foreign language, (c) health, P.E. (d) mathematics, (e) language arts, (f) science, (g) social studies, (h) business education or (i) technology. These content areas allow students to tailor their program to their academic interests and desired skill development.

Participants enter the M.Ed. program in cohorts and progress through the degree program in a group. While the culminating applied instructional project is unique to each student, some course work and many class activities are done in collaboration with fellow students. The learning outcomes are enhanced by having opportunities for students to work together and grow as a result of shared intellectual challenges.

The M.Ed. requires 30-36 semester hours of graduate course work and completion of a culminating applied instructional project. Completion of the graduate instructional project is a necessary part of the program in order for the student to demonstrate competence at the graduate level.

Admission & Retention

Application to the Program

Applicants should complete an online graduate application by following the application link on the UVU Web site and follow all instructions for graduate application and admission. Applications and application fees must be received by March 31 for consideration for summer semester. Students in the M.Ed. program begin with full-time coursework in the summers and part-time enrollment in the fall and spring semesters.

Required support materials received after the application deadline will delay processing of the application. The School of Education Graduate Screening Committee reviews applications and schedules interviews for applicants meeting minimum admission requirements. The Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the School of Education notifies all applicants in writing of the admission decision. The University cannot guarantee a response on or before a specific date. All admission materials become the property of UVU and will not be returned to the applicant.

Reapplication

If an applicant is not admitted, s/he may reapply. All current admission requirements at the time of application must be met.

Satisfactory Progress

Continuation in the Master of Education program is determined by: (1) satisfactory progress (B- or higher) in all courses and (2) faculty committee chair and the graduate admission and retention committee recommendation.

Academic Probation

A student can be recommended for academic probation for the following reason(s): (1) Failure to meet the scholarship requirements of the Graduate Program of an overall GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher, with no individual course grade lower than B-; (2) Failure to complete prescribed courses; and/or (3) Failure to adhere to University student rights and responsibilities standards.

Dismissal from the Program

A student can be dismissed from the Master of Education program for the following reason(s):

      1. Academic dishonesty;
      2. Continued failure to meet academic standards; and/or
      3. Continued failure to adhere to University student rights and responsibilities standards.

Courses

Admission to the master’s program or permission of the Dean of the School of Education is required for enrollment in the Master of Education courses.

 
 
2014-15 Graduate--Tuition and General Fee Schedule
RESIDENT NON-RESIDENT
Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total
0.5 127.50 26.00 153.50 0.5 389.50 26.00 415.50
1.0 255.00 52.00 307.00 1.0 779.00 52.00 831.00
1.5 382.50 78.00 460.50 1.5 1,168.50 78.00 1,246.50
2.0 510.00 104.00 614.00 2.0 1,558.00 104.00 1,662.00
2.5 637.50 130.00 767.50 2.5 1,947.50 130.00 2,077.50
3.0 765.00 156.00 921.00 3.0 2,337.00 156.00 2,493.00
3.5 892.50 182.00 1,074.50 3.5 2,726.50 182.00 2,908.50
4.0 1,020.00 208.00 1,228.00 4.0 3,116.00 208.00 3,324.00
4.5 1,147.50 234.00 1,381.50 4.5 3,505.50 234.00 3,739.50
5.0 1,275.00 260.00 1,535.00 5.0 3,895.00 260.00 4,155.00
5.5 1,402.50 286.00 1,688.50 5.5 4,284.50 286.00 4,570.50
6.0 1,530.00 312.00 1,842.00 6.0 4,674.00 312.00 4,986.00
6.5 1,657.50 338.00 1,995.50 6.5 5,063.50 338.00 5,401.50
7.0 1,785.00 364.00 2,149.00 7.0 5,453.00 364.00 5,817.00
7.5 1,912.50 364.00 2,276.50 7.5 5,842.50 364.00 6,206.50
8.0 2,040.00 364.00 2,404.00 8.0 6,232.00 364.00 6,596.00
8.5 2,167.50 364.00 2,531.50 8.5 6,621.50 364.00 6,985.50
9.0 2,295.00 364.00 2,659.00 9.0 7,011.00 364.00 7,375.00
9.5 2,422.50 364.00 2,786.50 9.5 7,400.50 364.00 7,764.50
10.0 2,550.00 364.00 2,914.00 10.0 7,790.00 364.00 8,154.00
10.5 2,677.50 364.00 3,041.50 10.5 8,179.50 364.00 8,543.50
11.0 2,805.00 364.00 3,169.00 11.0 8,569.00 364.00 8,933.00
11.5 2,932.50 364.00 3,296.50 11.5 8,958.50 364.00 9,322.50
12.0 3,060.00 364.00 3,424.00 12.0 9,348.00 364.00 9,712.00
For each credit hour over 12, $255 per credit hour will be assessed for residents and $779 per credit hour for non-residents
 
 

Faculty

Lorilynn Brandt(2009)

Assistant Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Elementary Education, M.Ed., Reading and Literacy, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Utah State University.

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Raquel Cook(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Interim Department Chair, Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., English Literature, Brigham Young University; M.S., Women’s Studies, Oxford University; Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Utah State University.

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Debora Escalante(2009)

Assistant Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Theatre and Cinematic Arts, M.A., Theatre, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Instructional Technology, Utah State University.

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Vessela Ilieva(2010)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Mathematics Education, Utah State University; M.S., Electronics Engineering, Technical University; M.Ed., English as a Second Language, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Utah State University.

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Sandy Jay(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Elementary Education, M.S., Curriculum & Instruction, Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., Elementary Education, Florida State University.

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Mi Kang(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., M.Ed., Korean Language and Literature Education, Chonbuk National University; M.S., Educational Leadership, University of Oregon; Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Michael Patch(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Department Chair

Department: Education Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Communication, M.Ed., Elementary Education, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Nevada.

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Nancy Peterson(1997)

Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.S., Elementary Education, Brigham Young University; M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Old Dominion University; Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Virginia.

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Mary Sowder(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Music, Chapman University; M.S., Computer Education, NOVA Southeastern University; Ph.D., Teacher Education, University of Nevada.

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Makenzie Selland(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., English, Spanish, Social Work, Northern Arizona University; M.Ed., Secondary English Education, George Washington University.

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Elaine Tuft(2006)

Associate Professor

Department: Elementary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Elementary & Early Childhood Education, M.A., Elementary Education, Utah State University; Ph.D., Curriculum, Teaching & Educational Policy, Michigan State University.

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Bryan Waite(2007)

Associate Professor

Department: Secondary Education
Faculty

Department: Education Graduate Studies

B.A., Spanish, University of Texas; M.A., Spanish Education, Ph.D., Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity, University of Colorado.

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Careers

Careers:  
While the Master of Education degree program is designed primarily to enhance the skills and understandings of practicing classroom teachers, it also prepares these graduate students for expanded leadership roles at the school, district, or state level in delivering professional development, designing and evaluating curriculum and textbooks, and mentoring novice teachers. A Master of Education degree may also qualify a student as an instructor for teacher preparation courses in a community college or as an adjunct instructor at the undergraduate level in a four-year college or university. Successful completion of this master's degree also provides a valuable foundation for those students who choose to pursue a doctoral degree. Completed coursework in English as a Second Language, Elementary Mathematics, Educational Technology, and the Reading 1 options qualifies students for an endorsement to their exisiting Utah Teaching Certificate.
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