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The School of Education offers two graduate degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction: the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), and the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.). Those pursuing the M.S.Ed. must select either one of the program areas in Curriculum and Instruction or the concentration in Learning Systems Design and Technology. Those pursuing the Ph.D. must select from one of the following program areas: curriculum, instruction, and assessment; human development and family studies; language, literacies, and culture; STEM education; or teacher leadership.

The School of Education also offers State of Illinois endorsements as reading teachers, and K-12 reading specialists. Endorsement opportunities are available to M.S.Ed. and Ph.D. candidates as part of their specialty area preparation; Endorsements in specific secondary level courses (e.g., chemistry, physics, and psychology) are also available. All such endorsements are arranged through the state and may require additional course work as well as a state-level transcript analysis.

Admission

Applicants for graduate programs must submit admission forms for both the Graduate School and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. General requirements for admission to graduate programs are within the Admission Policies, Requirements, and Procedures tab. In all cases, a selection and review committee screens applicants on the basis of prior undergraduate and graduate work, grade point average, as well as standardized test scores, work experience, and letters of recommendation as needed. The committee may recommend admission for candidates with specific academic deficiencies if, in its opinion, a candidate’s application materials demonstrate unusual professional promise.

Application materials may be obtained by addressing a request to: Coordinator of Graduate Studies, in Curriculum and Instruction, Mail Code 4610, Southern Illinois University, 625 Wham Drive, Carbondale, IL  62901. Specific information may be obtained by calling 618-536-2441 or by emailing currinst@siu.edu. All programs require a nonrefundable $65 application fee that must be submitted with the application for Admission to Graduate Study in Curriculum and Instruction. Applicants must pay this fee by credit card.

Master of Science in Education Degree

The Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction requires the completion of a minimum of 32 or 36 hours of course work, depending on the research requirement selected. At least 15 of the required semester hours must be at the 500 level and taken at SIU. The student must also meet Curriculum and Instruction core course requirements, research requirements, and program area requirements. No more than six semester hours of credit earned at another institution may be accepted toward this degree. It is recommended that transfer courses be from institutions accredited by national organizations (i.e., CAEP, NCATE, or TEAC). All transfer credits must be approved by the coordinator of graduate studies.

Each candidate’s program is planned in consultation with a faculty adviser from the specialty area selected by the student, with consideration for the student’s interests, experience, and specialty area. Nondeclared graduate students are advised to consult with the department chair concerning admission to the master’s program.

Admission and Retention

Admission to the master’s program requires a 2.7 GPA for the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s degree as well as the recommendation of the program area faculty. A TOEFL score of at least 550 (220 computerized score) is also required for international students and must be no more than two years old. Students must maintain an overall 3.0 graduate GPA to be retained in the master’s program. The progress of each student is reviewed periodically. Students who do not make satisfactory progress, or who violate the regulations of the department, college, or university, may be dropped from the program.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction requires a nine-semester hour professional core, curriculum and instruction cohort courses (12 to 15 semester hours)and five elective courses in a focus area. The professional core consists of CI 500, Research Methods in Education; CI 503, Introduction to the Curriculum; and CI 504, Systematic Approaches to Instruction. All professional core courses must be completed with a grade of C or better, and an overall grade point average of 3.0 must be obtained for the professional core. The focus area program consists of either 13 semester hours of coursework including a thesis or 15 semester hours of coursework. The minimum number of required semester hours is 32 for students completing a thesis or 36 for students completing the coursework only option.

The Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Learning Systems Design and Technology (LSDT) prepares professionals who use research-based practice to create effective learning and performance support systems utilizing communications technology in educational institutions at all levels as well as non-school, government and business settings. Competencies developed include those employed in online, distance or e-learning, learning within virtual or simulated environments such as games and simulation, content management systems, and traditional classroom environments. A core of seven courses (21 semester hours) is required; students consult with their advisors to select additional, elective courses. At least 15 semester hours must be at the 500-level and taken at SIU. All professional core courses must be completed with a grade of C or better, and an overall grade point average of 3.0 must be obtained for the professional core. Opportunities for practicum, internship, and either a research paper or thesis are available. The minimum number of required semester hours is 32 for students completing a thesis or 36 for students completing the coursework only option.

LSD&T Required Courses (21 Credit Hours)

  • CI 541     Foundations of Instructional Design & Technology
  • CI 504     Systematic Approaches to Instruction
  • CI 558     Instructional Development Studio I
  • CI 557     Task Analysis and Systematic Design of Instruction
  • CI 540     Learning Models for Instructional Design
  • CI 553     Consulting in Learning Systems Design & Technology or CI 484 Interactive Multimedia for Learning
  • CI 500     Introduction to Research Methods in Education

LSD&T Elective Courses (15 Credit Hours)

  • CI 556     Virtual and Simulated Learning
  • CI 562     Social and Informal Learning
  • CI 581     Digital Video Production
  • CI 591     Web Resources for Teachers
  • CI 588     Design and Delivery of e-Learning
  • CI 563     Instructional and Human Performance Technology
  • CI 596     Interactive Multimedia for Learning
  • CI 498N   Workshop in Educational Technology
  • CI 551      Assessment and Learning Using Virtual Environments
  • CI 555    Instructional Message Design
  • CI 587    Evaluating Learning and Instructional Programs
  • CI 560    Content and Learning Management Systems for e-Learning
  • CI 559     Advanced Instructional Development Studio II
  • CI 585N  Topical Seminar in Educational Technology
  • CI 595N  Internship: Educational Technology

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for teachers and other educational personnel who seek to improve their performance in general and specialized areas in either the public schools or the private sector. This program is designed for students who desire positions requiring advanced preparation at the highest level with emphasis on theories of curriculum and instruction and in-depth preparation in research. For example, this program is oriented toward students who aspire to positions with institutions of higher education, state departments of education in the United States, ministries of education in foreign countries, educational sections of human service agencies, business and industry, and public schools.

Admission

In addition to the application for admission to the Graduate School, the applicant must also complete the departmental application for admission to the concentration and the related program area. A selection and review committee screens the applicant on the basis of prior graduate work, grade point average, standardized test scores (Graduate Record Examination), research ability, work experience, and letters of recommendation. A TOEFL score of at least 550 is required for international students and must be no more than two years old. The GRE score must be no more than five years old. The selection committee recommends admission of the student only if the program area has a faculty member who is qualified to direct dissertations and who agrees to serve as chair of the student’s doctoral committee.

The admissions committee may possibly recommend a student for admission who shows some deviation from departmental standards if, in the committee’s opinion, the student shows unusual professional promise.

Retention

Any prospective doctoral candidate with a grade point average of less than 3.25 and 20 semester hours of doctoral work will not be allowed to continue in the program and will not be re-admitted at a later date. Students must accumulate an overall grade point average of 3.50 for all doctoral work to qualify to take the preliminary examination.

Prior to the completion of 30 semester hours of course work, students meet with their major professors to determine whether or not to continue as doctoral students. Such matters as grade point average, progress in the program, course completion, motivation, general academic scholarship, and skills in writing and research are considered. A report is then made to the doctoral committee and the department chair. Students who are not making satisfactory progress or who violate the regulations of the department, college, or university, may be dropped from the program.

Program Requirements

The concentration in Curriculum and Instruction has requirements at the school and program level. A minimum of 72 semester hours beyond the master’s degree is required. The School of Education professional core of at least six semester hours consists of EDUC 510, Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Education, and either EDUC 511, Doctoral Seminar in Philosophical and Cultural Foundations of Education, or EDUC 512, Doctoral Seminar in Behavioral and Cognitive Foundations of Education.

The Curriculum and Instruction requirements include a core of nine semester hours; at least 24 semester hours in the selected program area; research tools totaling at least nine semester hours; and a minimum of 24 semester hours of dissertation. An internship of two to eight semester hours is highly recommended. Courses comprising program area hours other than the core courses are determined by the student and the doctoral committee. No more than six semester hours of credit earned at another institution may be accepted toward this degree. It is recommended that transfer courses be from institutions accredited by national organizations (i.e., CAEP, NCATE, or TEAC). All transfer credits must be approved by the coordinator of the student’s program area. The professional core of courses in the Curriculum and Instruction concentration includes: CI 582, Advanced Research Methods in Education; CI 583, Instructional Theory, Principles, and Practices; and CI 584, Curriculum Theory, Foundations, and Principles. All professional core courses must be completed with a grade of C or better, and an overall grade point average of 3.0 must be obtained for the professional core.

Research Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education is a research-oriented degree. Each doctoral student in education must successfully complete three semester hours of Introduction to Qualitative Research (EAHE 587) and three semester hours of Introduction to Quantitative Research in Education (EDUC 505). In addition, each student must complete a minimum of one other three-credit course on research methods (also referred to as “research tool”). Students with previous coursework in introductory research methods can petition to replace these introductory courses with higher-level research methodology coursework. A list of approved research tool courses for the Ph.D. in Education degree is available in the Ph.D. Policies and Procedures Manual of the College of Education and Human Services.

Preliminary Examination

The preparation and direction of the preliminary examination are the responsibility of the program area faculty and the student’s doctoral committee. Concepts related to curriculum, instruction, and research/evaluation will be integrated into the preliminary examination. Additional oral and written examinations may be required by the student’s doctoral committee.

The examination is offered at least 2 times a year: during the fifth week of the term, as decided by the program area. A student may take the examination no more than 3 times.

Prospectus, Dissertation, and Final Oral Examination

Students may not register for more than 6 dissertation hours until they have been advanced to candidacy. Having been admitted to candidacy, students submit prospectuses to their doctoral committees for approval. The dissertation must show high attainment in an independent, original, scholarly, and creative effort. A student’s dissertation will be circulated to members of the doctoral committee at least two weeks in advance of the proposed defense.

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction requires an oral examination conducted by the doctoral committee. Oral examinations are open to all interested observers. Notice of the time and place of the examination and the abstract of the dissertation are circulated throughout the department and the College.

Certificate in Gerontology

The Curriculum and Instruction program offers courses that satisfy the requirements in the Certificate in Gerontology interdisciplinary program. For more information on the Certificate program, please see the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs tab.