Masters degrees in Curriculum and Instruction
The WSU College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning offers two master's degrees in Curriculum and Instruction on the Spokane campus. If you seek K-12 Teacher Certification as part of your graduate program, you must pursue the MIT. If you are completing the Professional Certificate Program as part of a master’s degree, then this Ed.M. is the degree for you. There is considerable flexibility to tailor a program of study to your individual educational and professional goals. Your unique program of study is developed in collaboration with your adviser and master’s degree committee.
Additionally, students may combine the Ed.M. in Curriculum and Instruction degree program with WSU endorsements offered in Spokane (Reading, Middle Level Math, Special Education) or with an online English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement offered through WSU Distance Degree Programs.
Master of Education Degree (Ed.M.)
The Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree is designed for students wishing to extend their knowledge and skills in education, expand their content knowledge, and/or pursue leadership roles in schools and organizations/agencies. The Ed.M. degree program consists of a minimum of 35 credits, 33 of which must be graded course work. A minimum of one, three-credit research course must be included in the 33 graded credits. A minimum of two credits of T&L 702 are required and usually involve research/scholarship activities associated with the special project and final oral examination. The performance criteria in T&L 702 are based on a satisfactory/fail scale, as opposed to a letter grade.
This Ed.M. may be combined with available endorsement programs and/or Professional Certification program.
Students may pursue the Washington State Professional Certification within this Ed.M. degree program. The Pro Cert pre-assessment seminar (T&L 541, three credits) and culminating assessment seminar (T&L 543, three credits) are required for the Professional Certification program. These courses may be part of the minimum of 33 graded course credits in the Ed.M. program.
Similarly, the Ed.M. and the Pro Cert may be combined with endorsement programs offered live or ONLINE through the College of Education distance degree programming (DDP). Options include endorsements Reading, Middle Level Math, f English Language Learners and Special Education.
Master of Arts Degree (M.A.)
The Master of Arts (MA) degree is designed for students who desire to study and explore educational research. The MA degree is well suited for those students wishing to eventually pursue a doctoral degree or a research/leadership role in schools or organizations/agencies. The MA degree program consists of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, 21 of which must be graded course work. Three research courses, three credits each, are a component of the 21 graded credits. A minimum of nine additional credits of T&L 700 (independent research work) are required and usually involve research/scholarship activities associated with the thesis and final oral examination. The performance criteria in T&L 700 are based on a satisfactory/fail scale, as opposed to a letter grade.