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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)

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Master of Education (M.Ed.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 33

Contact Information:
College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Refer to individual COED concentrations
Phone: 813-974-3400


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Program Information

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is only offered in conjunction with a concentration area. Please see the area of concentration (listed alphabetically in the catalog) to determine whether or not the Curriculum and Instruction degree is available in your area of interest.

This degree is designed for the professional educator who wishes to pursue advanced study. The primary objective is to prepare instructional leaders through courses in curriculum, methods, supervision, learning principles, human interaction, and areas of specialization. The foundation areas (professional studies) receive greater emphasis in the M.Ed. programs than the M.A. programs. Coursework in the concentration may include courses in colleges other than the College of Education. The Curriculum and Instruction program is offered with concentration areas. General program requirements are listed below. For specific specialization requirements, contact the appropriate department.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 2
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

For International Applicants
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the U.S. must, according to university policy, submit a TOEFL test score (minimum of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 80 internet-based). See for further clarification and possible exemptions. Please check with program regarding the policy on evaluation of transcripts. For more information, please visit

Admissions Status: Refer to individual COED concentrations


Program Degree Requirements

College of Education Program Requirements for the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.).

The M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction normally requires a minimum of 33 semester hours with 60 percent or more of the courses at the 6000 level. Courses at the 7000 level are advanced graduate level courses and thus are not approved to be part of the master's degree program.

Program of Study Degree Requirements: 33 hours minimum


Program of Study- 9 hours minimum
EDF 6432 (3) Foundations of Measurement
EDF 6481 (3) Foundations of Educational Research
EDG 6627 (3) Foundations of Curriculum & Instruction

Psychological/Social Foundations - Choose from list below (See Notes)
EDF 6211 (3) Psychological Foundations of Educations
EDF 6215 (3) Learning Principles Applied to Instruction
EDF 6217 (3) Behavior Theory and Classroom Learning
EDF 6534 (3) Human Development and Personality Theory
EDF 6165 (3) Group Processes (Available only to students in College Student Affairs)
EDF 6517 (3) Historical Foundations of American Education
EDF 6606 (3) Socio Economic Foundations of American Education

Refer to specific concentration for requirements

ELECTIVES - 6 hours minimum
5000 or 6000 level coursework subject to area advisor approval. These courses are intended to complement the specialization. (Note: Secondary Education: Social Science (CSO) requires 15 hours of electives minimum)

Comprehensive exam required. Refer to specific concentration for requirements


  • More credit hours may be required for a concentration in the Foundations & Curriculum Core, which may be substituted for electives or concentration hours
  • Foundations and Curriculum core for the College Student Affairs concentration is 6 hours minimum (EDF 6481 and EDF 6165), additional hours in the concentration required.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDF6432, EDF6211, EDF6215, EDF6517, EDF6544, EDF6606, EDG6627,