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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Science Education, Chemistry (CCH)

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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
Teaching and Learning Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Stephen Thornton
Phone: 813-974-4855
Email: thornton@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/seced/science/scema.htm


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List


Major Information

The Curriculum and Instruction major 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. degree programs than the M.A. degree programs. Coursework in the concentration may include courses in colleges other than the College of Education. The Curriculum and Instruction major is offered with concentration areas. General requirements are listed below. For specific specialization requirements, contact the appropriate department.

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 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 for admission to the major, 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 http://www.usf.edu/admissions/international/graduate/requirements-deadlines/english-proficiency.aspxl for further clarification and possible exemptions. Please check with the major regarding the policy on evaluation of transcripts. For more information, please visit
http://admissions.grad.usf.edu/international.html.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

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

The M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction normally requires a minimum of 33 graduate level 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

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Program of Study- 9 hours minimum
EDF 6432 (3) Foundations of Measurement
OR
EDF 6481 (3) Foundations of Educational Research
And
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

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS - 18 hours minimum
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
Comprehensive exam required. Refer to specific concentration for requirements

Notes:

  • 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.

Concentration REQUIREMENTS
In addition to completing the required Program Requirements, students select one of the following concentrations. Minimum hours noted are for the concentration requirements only and do not reflect the total program hours that result.


COLLEGE STUDENT AFFAIRS (CSA)

Offered from the Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education

The CSA Concentration at the University of South Florida prepares practitioners to work in Student Affairs positions. The learning outcomes for all graduates include: specialized learning in the field, engaging diverse perspectives, strong communication skills, and understanding the complexity of the higher education system. The major is compliant with requirements of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. The curriculum includes theories of human growth and development, environmental influences, and research applied to student affairs practice. The instructional method of relating theory-to-practice is accomplished by involving students in rigorous classroom activity along with internships in specialized areas of student affairs work.

Total Major requirements with this concentration: 42 hours minimum
In addition to the nine hours or core requirements for the Major, students must complete:

Major Core 9 hours
Concentration Requirements 30 hours
Electives 3 hours
Total:

Concentration Requirements - 30 hours minimum
SDS 6042 (3) Introduction to Higher Education Student Affairs
SDS 6624(3) Campus Environments
SDS 6645 (3) Student Development Theory
SDS 6701(3) Diversity in Higher Education
SDS 6703 (3) The Law & Student Affairs
SDS 6030 (3) Advising and Helping Skills in Student Affairs
SDS 6260 (3) Assessment in Student Affairs
EDF 6938 (3) Organization and Administration of Student Affairs
SDS 6990 (3) Trends and Issues in Higher Education and Student Affairs
EDF 6944 (3) Field Experience (Practicum)

Electives - 3 hours minimum

Comprehensive Exam


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (CNK)

Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
The M.Ed. Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education is designed for those students who hold a degree in early childhood education or a related field and wish to improve their skills in teaching young children, and prepare to take leadership roles in the field of early childhood education. When previous academic preparation is not in the field of early childhood education, prospective students will be expected to complete undergraduate courses as determined through conference with a faculty advisor upon admission to the major. These undergraduate courses do not apply to the minimum graduate hours required for the major. This major is not a teacher certification preparation major.

Total Major requirements with this concentration:33 hours minimum

Concentration Course Requirements - 9 hours minimum
EEC 6415(3) EC: Diversity in Home and School
EEC 6626(3) EC Play and Learning
EEC 6678 (3) Research Seminar: Issues, Trends and Advocacy in EC

Electives 15 hours minimum
Select a focus in Reading, Teachers Leadership, Positive Behavior Support, or Interdisciplinary Studies and choose four electives:

Reading Focus
RED 4749 (3)History and Foundations of Reading: Prevention and Intervention of Reading Difficulties
RED 6544 (3) Cognition, Comprehension, and Content Area Reading
RED 6545 (3)Vocabulary and Word Study
RED 6540 (3) Assessment in Literacy
RED 6846 (3) Practicum in Reading

Teacher Leadership Focus
EDE 6076 (3) Teacher Leadership for Student Learning
EDE 6486 (3) Teacher Research for Student Learning
EDE 6556 (3) Coaching for Student Learning
EDE 6366 (3) Professional Development for Student Learning

Positive Behavior Support Focus
MHS 6410 (3) Intensive Individualized Positive Behavior Support
MHS 6900 (3) Consultation and Collaboration
MHS 6608 (3)School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
MHS 6605 (3) Addressing Behavior Challenges in Young Children

Interdisciplinary Focus
EDF 6407 (4) Statistical Analysis for Educational Research I
EEC 6055 (3) Advocacy and Leadership in ECE
EEC 6205 (3) EC: Curriculum and Authentic Assessment
EEC 6525 (3) EC Program Development and Administration
EEC 6265 (3) EC Programs and Adv Curriculum

In addition, select one other electives taken in COED at the 6000 level (3 hours)

Comprehensive Exam
Students must apply to take their comprehensive exam. Students must be enrolled at least two credit hours during the semester of their comprehensive exam.


EDUCATIONAL STUDIES (CST)
Offered from the Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education
The interdisciplinary study of education using social science and humanities perspectives.

Concentration Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00
  • A record of consistent success in humanities and social science courses taken as an undergraduate or (if the applicant has prior graduate-school experience) at the graduate level.
  • GRE required with preferred scores of at least V -60%, Q 50%, and AW 50%. Only current scores (within the past 5 years).
  • Names of and contact information for two full-time faculty at a regionally-accredited college or university familiar with the applicant’s undergraduate or graduate work and who are willing to serve as references, and the completion by the references of a standardized online reference form.
  • A 300-word statement describing the applicant’s intellectual interests in the major

Total Major requirements with this concentration - 33 hours minimum

In addition to the 9 hours of Major Core Requirements:

Concentration Course Requirements 18 hours minimum
EDF 6407(4) Statistical Analysis of Education I
EDF 6517(4) Historical Foundations of American Education
EDF 6883(4) Issues in Multicultural Education

In addition, a minimum of six hours from the following courses:
EDF 5607(3) Trends in Education Politics
EDF 6531(3) History of Childhood, Disability, and Deviance
EDF 6606(4) Socio-Economic Foundations of American Education
EDF 6705(3) Gender and the Educational Process
EDF 6736(3) Education, Communication, and Change
EDF 6765(4) Schools and the Future

Electives 6 hours minimum
Selected, either from the list below or upon advisor’s approval:
EDF 5607(3) Trends in Education Politics.
EDF 6531(3) History of Childhood
EDF 6606(4) Socio-Economic Foundations of American Education
EDF 6705(3) Gender and the Educational Process
EDF 6736(3) Education, Communication, and Change
EDF 6765(4) Schools and the Future
EDF 6906(1-6) Independent Study: Educational Foundations
EDF 6938Selected Topics

Comprehensive Exam
The Comprehensive exam will be a portfolio of work from courses taken for the degree, including a capstone paper written over a 4-week period in response to a specific prompt

Other information All course grades must be a “B” or above. Concentration course credits must be earned at USF Tampa.


INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY (SIT)
Offered from the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies
The Concentration in Instructional Technology is intended for students interested in working as instructional designers/developers in industry or academic environments. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools and the National Association for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Total Major requirements with this concentration: 33 hours minimum

Concentration Requirements - 18 hours minimum
18 hours in the area of emphasis, to include:
EME 6055 Current Trends in Instructional Technology(3)
EME 6208 Interactive Media(3)
EDF 6284 Problems in Instructional Design for (3)
EME 6930 Programming languages for Education(3)
OR
EME 6207 Web Design(3)

EME 6458 Distance Learning(3)
EME 6631 Development of Technology-Based Instruction(3)

Electives - 6 hours minimum
Selected with advisor from the following list or other graduate course approved by the Graduate Director:
EME 5403 Computers in Education(3)
EME 6053 Internet in Education(3)
EME 6207 Web Design(3)
EME 6215 Instructional Graphics(3)
EME 6209 Digital Video(3)
EME 6235 Technology Project Management(3)
EME 6480 Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety (3)
EME 6680 Game Design and Development for Learning(3)
EME 6681 Game Analytics for Learning(3)
EME 6271 Technology Leadership in Education(3)
EME 6936 Internship in E-Learning Development(3)


MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION (CME)

Offered from the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies

This degree program is designed to prepare mid-level testing and evaluation personnel for employment in school districts, government agencies, commercial test development companies, and program research and evaluation enterprises. The major prepares personnel with specialized skills in test construction, data analysis, major evaluation, and research design.

Total Major requirements with this concentration -37 hours minimum

Major Core see Curriculum Requirements above: 9 hours minimum
Students are required to take both EDF 6481 and EDF 6432 from the Major Core

Concentration Requirements : 22 hours minimum
Note: Both EDF 6432 and EDF 6481 from the Major Core must be taken, one of which fulfills a Core requirement and the other fulfills a Concentration requirement.

EDF 6461 Foundations of Applied Evaluation(3)
EDF 6407 Statistical Analysis for Educational Research I(4)
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis for Educational Research II(4)
EDF 6491 Practicum in Measurement, Evaluation and Research(3)
EDF 7488 Problems in Educational Data Analysis(2)
EDG 6931 Special Topics: Introduction to Qualitative Methods(3)

Elective in Instructional Technology selected from the following:
EME 6613 Development of Technology-Based Instruction(3)
EDF 6284 Problems in Instructional Design for Computers(3)
EME 6930 PLE: Web Programming(3)
EME 6207 Web Page Design(3)
OR a course recommended by the academic advisor

Electives see Curriculum Requirements above: 6 minimum

Comprehensive Exam: Students must perform satisfactorily on a written comprehensive examination taken on completion of coursework or during the last semester of enrollment in the major. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of two graduate hours during the semester in which this examination is taken.


SECONDARY EDUCATION (CES) Not open for admissions
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
This concentration is intended for experienced/certified educators (broadly defined to include not only teachers but all those working in educational agencies, educational publishing, supervision and administration, technology agencies, and so forth) as well as individuals, who hold an undergraduate degree in some field relevant to the area of specialization, interested in advanced study of education but who are not seeking teacher certification. The aim is to provide advanced preparation for professional educators who are willing to apply what they learn to the creation, implementation, and evaluation of effective instructional programs. Accredited by NCATE.

Total Major requirements with this concentration: 33 hours minimum

Concentration Requirements - 18 hours minimum
18 hours in the area of emphasis, to include courses in the content and/or teaching of this content

SECONDARY EDUCATION: BIOLOGY (CBI)
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
This concentration is intended for experienced/certified educators (broadly defined to include not only teachers but all those working in educational agencies, educational publishing, supervision and administration, technology agencies, and so forth) as well as individuals, who hold an undergraduate degree in some field relevant to the area of specialization, interested in advanced study of education but who are not seeking teacher certification. The aim is to provide advanced preparation for professional educators who are willing to apply what they learn to the creation, implementation, and evaluation of effective instructional programs. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools and NCATE.

Total Major requirements with this concentration: 33 hours minimum
Concentration Requirements - 18 hours minimum
18 hours in the area of emphasis, to include courses in content and/or the teaching of this content one of which must be:
SCE 6634 Current Trends in Secondary Science(3)

SECONDARY EDUCATION: CHEMISTRY (CCH)
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
This concentration is intended for experienced/certified educators (broadly defined to include not only teachers but all those working in educational agencies, educational publishing, supervision and administration, technology agencies, and so forth) as well as individuals, who hold an undergraduate degree in some field relevant to the area of specialization, interested in advanced study of education but who are not seeking teacher certification. The aim is to provide advanced preparation for professional educators who are willing to apply what they learn to the creation, implementation, and evaluation of effective instructional programs. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and School and NCATE.

Total Major requirements with this concentration: 33 hours minimum
Concentration Requirements 18 hours minimum
18 hours in the area of emphasis, to include courses in content and/or the teaching of this content one of which must be:
SCE 6634 Current Trends in Secondary Science(3)


SECONDARY EDUCATION: ENGLISH (CEN)
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
This concentration is intended for experienced/certified educators (broadly defined to include not only teachers but all those working in educational agencies, educational publishing, supervision and administration, technology agencies, and so forth) as well as individuals, who hold an undergraduate degree in some field relevant to the area of specialization, interested in advanced study of education but who are not seeking teacher certification. The aim is to provide advanced preparation for professional educators who are willing to apply what they learn to the creation, implementation, and evaluation of effective instructional programs. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools and NCATE.

Total Major requirements with this concentration:33 hours minimum
Concentration Requirements -18 hours minimum
18 hours in the area of emphasis, to include courses in content and/or the teaching of this content one of which must be:
LAE 6637 Current Trends in Secondary English Ed(3)

SECONDARY EDUCATION: FOREIGN LANGUAGE (CFE)
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
This concentration is intended for experienced/certified educators (broadly defined to include not only teachers but all those working in educational agencies, educational publishing, supervision and administration, technology agencies, and so forth) as well as individuals, who hold an undergraduate degree in some field relevant to the area of specialization, interested in advanced study of education but who are not seeking teacher certification. The aim is to provide advanced preparation for professional educators who are willing to apply what they learn to the creation, implementation, and evaluation of effective instructional programs. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools and NCATE.

Total Major requirements with this concentration:33 hours minimum
Concentration Requirements - 18 hours minimum
18 hours in the area of emphasis, to include courses in content and/or the teaching of this content one of which must be:
FLE 6665 Current Trends in Foreign Language Ed(3)

SECONDARY EDUCATION: MATHEMATICS (CMA)
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
The Concentration in Secondary Education in Mathematics Education is a flexible major intended to improve the skills of the classroom teacher. The major will be planned with the students advisor. At least 60 percent of the major hours must be at the 6000 level Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools and NCATE.

Total Major requirements with this concentration: 33 hours minimum

Concentration Requirements - 18 hours minimum
18 hours in the area of emphasis, to include courses in content and/or the teaching of this content one of which must be:
MAE 6136 Current Trends in Secondary Mathematics Education(3)

SECONDARY EDUCATION: PHYSICS (CPY)
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
The Concentration in Secondary Education in Physics is a flexible major intended to improve the skills of the classroom teacher. The major will be planned with the students advisor. At least 60 percent of the major hours must be at the 6000 level. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Total Major requirements with this concentration:33 hours minimum
Concentration Requirements - 18 hours minimum
18 hours in the area of emphasis, to include courses in content and/or the teaching of this content one of which must be:
SCE 6634 Current Trends in Secondary Science Ed(3)

SECONDARY EDUCATION: SOCIAL SCIENCE (CSO)
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
This Concentration does not include teaching certification. Individuals interested in certification should consult the Master of Arts in Teaching in Social Science Education. This concentration is designed for educators who have at least two years of relevant experience in the field, typically, teachers certified in social science education with a baccalaureate degree from a College of Education. The aim is to provide advanced preparation in the theories and practices of social studies educators. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools, and NCATE.

Total Major requirements with this concentration:36 hours minimum
Concentration Requirements - 21 hours minimum

SSE 5946 Practicum Social Science Education(3)
SSE 6932 Selected Topics (3)
SSE 6932 Selected Topics (3)
SSE 6636 Trends in Social Science Education (3)

Electives:
Taken in COEDU and/or CAS at the 5000 or 6000 level (15)

Comprehensive Exam
The Comprehensive exam is taken while enrolled in SSE 6636 Trends and Issues. Consult the Major website, http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/seced/SSE/SSE_HomePage.html, or the majors coordinator for specific requirements.

SECONDARY EDUCATION: TESOL (CTL)
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
This concentration is designed for professionals who have at least two years of relevant experience in the field, typically, teachers certified in social science education with a baccalaureate degree from a College of Education. Within the M.Ed. framework, the degree is an individually planned major based on the students background and professional goals. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

Concentration Admission Requirements
Requirements for all applicants include:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 upper division undergraduate coursework 
  • Proof of 2 years of relevant educational or professional experience as judged by major faculty 
  • Proof of teaching certification

Total Major requirements with this concentration: 33 hours minimum
Concentration Requirements - 18 hours minimum
18 hours in the area of emphasis, to include courses in content and/or the teaching of this content

Comprehensive Exam
A comprehensive exam must be taken in the College of Education at the completion


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

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Graduate Course Information

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

EDF6432, EDF6481, EDF6211, EDF6215, EDG6627,