MEd in Curriculum & Instruction
The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed for licensed teachers seeking to become learning specialists in a selected area of the field of education, to advance within their career and to meet professional development renewal requirements. The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction aims at preparing individuals who will become curriculum and instructional leaders.
The program emphasizes the development of competencies related to the design, development, and implementation of curriculum and instruction, as well as the use of research and data to guide curriculum and instruction decisions. The program focuses on leadership to support students in meeting the emphasis on this element in the Illinois State Board of Education’s standards for teachers and the same emphasis in the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
- Study the design, development, and implementation of curriculum and instruction, as well as using research and data to guide decision-making.
- Balance work and study with evening courses scheduled at convenient times for practicing teachers.
- Complete the program in two academic years.
- Candidates will apply deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students.
- Candidates will hold high expectations and build on the assets of diverse students.
- Candidates will utilize information from theories and related research-based practices when making decisions and taking action in their professional practice.
- Candidates will use data to drive instruction and assess teaching and learning effectiveness.
This program is following a cohort model. A cohort is often a group of ten students who attend together all of the required courses leading to a degree. In this model, students benefit from networking and building professional relationships with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their degree program.
All courses in the program are taught by highly qualified professors. Students enrolled in the program receive the multiple benefits of participating in a cohort program at Loyola, including but not limited to attending classes together, cultivating a deeper understanding of topics through discussions with their unique educational and professional experiences, and developing a trusted network of professionals in the classroom who can serve as resources and support once in the field. It is our hope that these students will form lasting professional bonds that will be utilized throughout their careers.