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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in Early Childhood Education (CNK)

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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:
Jolyn Blank
Phone: 813-974-3460


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

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: Apply


Program Degree Requirements


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 program. This program is not a teacher certification preparation program.

Total Program 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 o ther 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.

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:

EDF6481, EDF6120, EDF6211, EDF6432, EDF6517, EDF6544, EDF6606, EEC6672, EEC6415, EEC6055, EEC6205, EEC6626, EEC6525, EEC6265, EEC6517,