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  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd


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Department Advisor:

Dr. Glenda Moss, Dal 1 301D
(P) 972.338.1373
glenda.moss@untdallas.edu

A Master’s of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction will have a STEM focus designed for certified teachers and individuals seeking initial certification for K-12. The coursework will professionally develop full-time teachers and prepare individuals seeking initial certification in classroom research and pedagogical content knowledge. The 36-credit master’s degree must be completed at the graduate level. The program allows for six (6) core courses and choices between multiple concentration areas. Students who are fully-certified teachers select one of the 18-hour areas from the Professional Development concentrations. Students seeking an initial teaching certificate select one of the 18-hour areas from the Initial Certification concentration.

The specific Student Learning Outcomes of the M.Ed. program for candidates are:

  • Understand the nature of classroom inquiry, develop inquiry skills, and use inquiry processes in teaching and learning in the math and science content area subjects.
  • Access scholarly data bases and gain pedagogical content knowledge through reading and reviewing researched publications.
  • Deepen pedagogical content knowledge of math and science through inquiry-based processes.
  • Construct understanding of K-12 student learning of math and science, and of effective instructional practices to engage K-12 students in active learning.
  • Address Texas state standards when selecting and developing high-quality teaching and learning experiences for K-12 students in math and science subject areas.
  • Use technology in science, technology, engineering, and math lessons in elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.
  • Design and implement classroom research projects to address problem areas in teaching and student learning of math and science.

Admission Standards

Applicants must have at least 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of work prior to receiving the bachelor’s degree, or a 2.8 GPA on all undergraduate work, to be considered for unconditional admission to graduate studies at UNT Dallas. Applicants who have already completed a master’s degree must have at least a 3.4 GPA on the master’s.
(Conditional admission may be granted to students who do not meet the above criteria.)

Admission Procedures

Submit the following to UNT Dallas Graduate Admissions:

  • Graduate School Application for Admission (apply online at www.applytexas.org)
  • Complete official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Degree Requirements

To complete the master’s degree, candidates would have to complete the following core courses as well as 18 credits in one selected concentration area.

Core

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

  • EDCI 5011 - Introduction to Classroom Research
  • EDCI 5012 - Classroom Research Project
  • EDCI 5013 - Technology in STEM
  • EDCI 5014 - Instructional and Behavioral Management in Classrooms
  • EDCI 5015 - Action Research for Multicultural and Multilingual Education
  • EDCI 5016 - STEM Literacy Across the Disciplines

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Professional Development Concentrations (for Full-Time Teachers)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

Mathematics

  • MATH 5001 - Teaching Dual Credit Mathematics
  • MATH 5680 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 5611 - Introduction to Mathematical Analysis I
  • MATH 5621 - Introduction to Mathematical Analysis II
  • MATH 5011 - Mathematical Models for Educators
  • MATH 5090 - Topics in Math Content and Pedagogy

Biology

  • BIOL 5315 - Teaching Secondary Biology for Dual Credit
  • BIOL 5240 - Advanced Topics in Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 5325 - Conservation Biology and Chemical Ecology
  • BIOL 5090 - Animal Biology
  • BIOL 5170 - Evolution Ecology and Genetics
  • BIOL 5335 - Biological Basis of Disease

PK-8 Science Concentration

  • EDCI 5310 - Advanced Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teachers of Life Science
  • EDCI 5370 - Advanced Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teachers of Earth Science
  • EDCI 5330 - Advanced Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teachers of Physical Science
  • EDCI 5340 - Innovations in Earth and Space Science
  • EDCI 5350 - Advanced Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teachers of K-8 Science Elective

PK-8 Math Concentration

  • EDCI 5510 - Advanced Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Algebraic Thinking
  • EDCI 5520 - Advanced Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teachers of Numbers and Operations
  • EDCI 5530 - Advanced Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teachers of Probability & Statistics
  • EDCI 5540 - Advanced Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teachers of Geometry & Measurement
  • EDCI 5550 - Advanced Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Financial Literacy for EC-8 Teachers
  • Elective

Early Childhood Concentration

  • EDEC 5312 - Teaching PK-K Language and Literacy
  • EDEC 5322 - Teaching PK-K Math and Science
  • EDEC 5412 - Advanced Interventions for Pre-K/K Language and Literacy
  • EDEC 5422 - Advanced Interventions for Pre-K/K Math and Science
  • Elective
  • Elective

English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • EDCI 5018 - English as a Second Language for EC-12 Classrooms
  • EDRE 5070 - Literacy Development for English Language Learners
  • EDBE 5560 - Fundamentals of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education in EC-12
  • EDBE 5660 - English Language Acquisition by Spanish Speakers: Theories and Methods
  • Elective
  • Elective

Special Education (EDSP)

  • EDSP 5050 - Legal Aspects of Special Education
  • EDSP 5020 - Behavior Management and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • EDSP 5030 - Individualized Evaluation for Educational Decision Making
  • EDSP 5040 - Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • Elective
  • Elective

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Initial Certification - Transition to Teaching Program

This degree program prepares baccalaureate graduates from related fields of study with the knowledge and skills to effectively teach in PK-12 urban and rural settings. The program allows for initial certification choices among a variety of elementary, middle school and secondary concentrations: EC-6 Core Subjects, 4-8 Math, 4-8 Science, 4-8 Social Studies, 4-8 Reading/Language Arts, or Grades 7-12 in any content area. All 36 credits of the master’s degree are completed at the graduate level. Students must complete the core courses for the master’s degree plus one pedagogical content area. The following requirements are applicable to all students pursuing a teaching certificate:

Admission to the Emerging Teacher Institute (ETI):

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a 2.75 overall, undergraduate GPA
  • Pass the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT)
  • Have a degree plan on file
  • Submit a Professional Reference Form
  • Submit Essay
  • Complete Entrance Interview

Eligibility for Teacher Certification and Endorsements: In order to receive recommendation for teacher certification through UNT Dallas, students must:

  • Successfully complete the Emerging Teacher Institute (ETI) including Clinical (Student) Teaching.
  • Submit certification application and fee to the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
  • Submit fingerprinting for Federal background check through TEA.
  • Pass all appropriate state certification exams which includes content (PACT) and pedagogy Texas Examinations of Education Standards (TExES).

See the UNT Dallas Teacher Certification Officer (Dallas 1, Room 201Q) for more information.

All courses below are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

EC-6 Generalist Pedagogical Content

  • *Prerequisite - EDRE 4450 - Reading and Writing (Birth through Grade 6)
  • *Prerequisite - EDRE 4850 - Assessment and Evaluation of Reading
  • EDCI 5017 - Human Development for Educators
  • EDCI 5000-level Elective
  • EDCI 5120 - Curriculum and lnstructional Methodologies in Language Arts and Social Studies K-8 (with 25 field hours)
  • EDCI 5150 - Curriculum and Instructional Methodologies for Mathematics and Science K-8 (with 25 field hours)
  • EDCI 5190 - Clinical Teaching (6 credits)

4-8 Pedagogical Content

  • EDCI 5017 - Human Development for Educators
  • EDCI 5000-level Elective
  • EDCI 5018 - English as a Second Language for EC-12 Classrooms
  • [EDCI 5120 - Curriculum and lnstructional Methodologies in Language Arts and Social Studies K-8 (with 25 field hours) or
  • EDCI 5150 - Curriculum and Instructional Methodologies for Mathematics and Science K-8 (with 25 field hours)]
  • EDCI 5190 - Clinical Teaching (6 credits)

7-12 Pedagogical Content

  • EDCI 5017 - Human Development for Educators
  • EDCI 5000-level Elective
  • EDCI 5018 - English as a Second Language for EC-12 Classrooms
  • EDCI 5140 - Models of Instruction and Classroom Management (with 50 field hours)
  • EDCI 5190 - Clinical Teaching (6 credits)

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