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Master of Education in Instruction and Curriculum with an Emphasis in Educational Differentiation


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This program prepares classroom teachers and specialists to understand and meet the educational needs of students with exceptional abilities across the learning continuum within the mixed-ability classroom. The program focuses on assessment, methodology, materials, curriculum and administration. Students are required to complete a minimum of 33 semester hours.

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Social Foundation Courses. Select One (3 credits):

  • EDF 671 Educational Policy and Practice
  • EDF 672 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

Core Courses (9 credits):

  • EDI 639 Curriculum Development
  • EDI 637 Assessment: K-12 Models and Practices
  • EDI 638 Facilitating School Environments

Emphasis Area Courses (Choose 3 out of 4) (9 credits):

  • EDS 652 Foundations of Special Education*
  • EDI 640 Fundamentals of Talent Development
  • EDI 641 Teaching for Talent Development
  • EDS 625 Inclusive Practices

Take one elective  (3 credits)

Research Foundation Course (Prerequisite to ED 693/695) (3 credits):

  • EDI 660 Educational Inquiry and Evaluation

Practicum (Application form required. Apply in advanced. Advisor approval required.) (3 credits)

  • EDI 685 D  Educational Differentiation

Capstone (Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required) (3 credits) (Select One):

  • ED 693 Master's Project
  • ED 695 Master's Thesis

Application deadlines (Thesis/Project): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

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