M.S.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

This program is designed to meet the needs and interests of all education professionals. Those individuals who seek to obtain professional certification will find that the program not only meets the state requirements for certification, but has the flexibility to provide for individualized course planning. Individuals who wish to obtain a Masters in education, but are not seeking professional certification will find a program with the ability to be individualized to meet unique professional goals. Whether you are looking for professional certification, or the foundations to become an educator and leader, the Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to meet your needs: 

A. Professional Teaching Certification

This path is designed for students with initial New York State Certification who seek to complete the academic requirements for Professional certification. Each candidate will develop an individualized program of study in collaboration with the candidates adviser. This program of study will be designed to be functionally relevant to the candidates initial certification area in one of the following disciplines: 

Business/Marketing Early Childhood/Childhood Education (B-6) 
Dance  English 7-12 
French 7-12  Health Education 
Mathematics 7-12  Music 
Social Studies 7-12  Spanish 7-12 
Theatre Visual Arts 

Candidates holding initial New York certification in areas other than those listed above must consult with the department chair prior to enrollment to discuss program completion. You may also review the required courses for the program by downloading the advising form for professional certification here

B. General Education (Emerging Markets for Educators)

Candidates not seeking New York State teaching certification, but are interested in applying educational pedagogy in a variety of classroom/non-classroom contexts, may pursue a concentration or take a handcrafted set of electives based upon student's interests and career goals. 

Each student will meet with and design a program that includes educational pedagogy cornerstones such as philosophical foundations, research, curriculum & evaluation, technology in education, and more.  Further, a culminating research project is designed to assist the student with synthesizing the fundamental concepts of education into a skillset that can be utilized immediately in the workplace. Review the option "B" advising form here to understand the course layout and options.


Optional Concentrations (available for both "A" and "B" candidates)

This program offers a series of concentrations that are designed to provide a student with additional depth in particular areas related to education, introduce interdisciplinary learning by combining educational pedagogy with practice based curriculum such as leadership, human resources, and technology.  Click on each concentration below to read the description, and a list of what courses you will take to satisfy the requirements of the concentration: 

1. Early Childhood Education (May also satisfy requirements to extend certification by adding B-2)
2. Intercultural Educato
3. Language Acquisition 
4. Leadership in Education
5. Human Resource Educator
6. Technology Educator

Be sure to contact any member of the CGS team, or the program coordinator (info above) to discuss the program, and these concentrations.  Individualized elective course planning is also available for candidates not seeking these concentrations.