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Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs

The graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction offers a variety of graduate-level courses in all curricular areas with specific emphasis upon trends and recent developments in practice, theory, and research. Our graduate faculty members serve Curriculum and Instruction in four areas of professional commitment:

  • Delivery of exemplary instruction to graduate students.
  • Production, interpretation, and dissemination of sound and useful research and scholarship.
  • Provision of leadership, collaboration, and service within the profession.
  • Promotion, understanding, and celebration of diversity.

Graduate degrees include the Master of Science (M.S.), the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.).


M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction

The M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction offers areas of specialization including: Elementary/Middle Level; Reading/Language Arts; Reading Specialist Endorsement; Middle Level/Secondary; Educational Computing, Design and Online Learning; Digital Teaching and Learning; English as a Second Language (ESL); and Teacher Leader/School Improvement.

→ M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction Program booklet [pdf]
→ M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction Program Process checklist [doc]

Assessment and Planning Documents:

Curriculum and Instruction Assessment
Checklist of Student Responsibilities and Assessments
Student Learning Outcomes
Professional Dispositions
Midpoint Checklist for the Advisor
Field Experience Plan
Program Completion Portfolio Guidelines


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for the advanced student who wants to contribute to the knowledge base of teaching, education, and leadership with a thorough grounding in research. The Ph.D. has traditionally been seen as an academic degree because it places emphasis on the usefulness of theory, understanding educational research, and the production of research.

→ Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Program booklet [pdf]
→ Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Program Process checklist [doc]

Assessment Documents:
→ Curriculum and Instruction Assessment
Checklist of Student Responsibilities and Assessments
Student Learning Outcomes
Professional Dispositions


Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for the advanced student who wants to achieve a superior level of competency in his or her professional field with emphasis on practice and leadership. The program provides an understanding of the historical, philosophical, and societal bases of educational practice and the application of research to practice. Traditionally, the Ed.D. has been thought of as a practitioner’s degree, appropriate for educators desiring a superior level of competency in the profession.

→ Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Program booklet [pdf]
→ Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Program Process checklist [doc]

Assessment Documents:
→ Curriculum and Instruction Assessment
Checklist of Student Responsibilities and Assessments
Student Learning Outcomes
Professional Dispositions


Graduate Certificate Programs

Teaching and Learning Certificate

This program is a 20-credit hour curriculum that provides graduate level professional course work in education leading to teacher licensure in the following subject areas: Agriculture (6-12), Art (PK-12), Biology (6-12), Business (6-12), Chemistry (6-12), Earth & Space Science (6-12), English (6-12), Family & Consumer Sciences (6-12), Journalism (6-12), Mathematics (6-12), Modern Language (PK-12), Music (PK-12), Physics (6-12), Social Studies (6-12) and Speech and Theatre (6-12).

Online Course Design Certificate

This 14-credit hour online graduate certificate program provides graduates with instructional design models, research, theory, instructional strategies and technologies for the development of online learning course design, including workshops, webinars, and other technology-enhanced instruction. Graduates will model best practices in the redesign of existing instruction, creation and management of instructional development projects and project timelines.


Endorsement Programs

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Kansas State University offers Kansas elementary and secondary teachers and administrators the opportunity to complete requirements for an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement via distance education. This endorsement is offered to educators who are certified to teach in Kansas.

Reading Specialist Endorsement

Special licensure requirements exist for K-12 school teachers of special reading classes in Kansas. In addition to degree certification and 2 years of verified teaching experience, a planned sequence of graduate reading courses are required for licensure endorsement. Students seeking this endorsement must hold a valid Kansas Professional teaching license.


Online Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs

We offer many online learning opportunities to meet teacher's continuing education needs. Areas of online study include:

  • Master's degree programs in digital teaching and learning; educational computing, design and online learning; English as a second language; and reading specialist
  • Graduate Certificate in online course design
  • Add-on Endorsement Preparation in Kansas for English as a second language and reading specialist
  • Professional development credit options in effective teaching practice, mathematics education, teaching civics and government, and PRAXIS exam preparation for STEM content areas
  • Noncredit courses for professional development

Online Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs brochure [pdf]

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