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M.S.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

The Loading... 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.

What you will learn

  • Research design and development including but not limited to: Posing discourse questions, design of research instruments, data collection and analysis and the preparation of executable action plans based upon research results
  • Students will refine their skills in developing student learning outcomes, goals, and the development of curriculum for their area of study/discipline
  • Exposure to the most current technological tools available to teachers and trainers today
  • More specific knowledge and understanding of working with diverse groups of people

Unique Program Features

  • This program supports multiple initial teaching certification areas to achieve professional certification in NYS
  • Individualized degree planning tailored to your career goals
  • Opportunities to extend certifications or obtain new ones under advisement
  • The program provides students with very specific research skills that prepares them to skillfully challenge and improve their own teaching practices
  • Specialized concentration areas that compliment a variety of academic background and professional interests
  • The program is highly flexible, and tailored to support the working professional. This includes full and part-time options, evening, weekend or online courses as well as distance learning capabilities
  • Enrollment locations in both Potsdam and Watertown

Concentration Areas

This program offers a series of focus areas that are designed to provide a student with additional depth in particular areas in education. It also provides an introduction into interdisciplinary learning by combining educational pedagogy with practice based curriculum.

Click on the concentrations below to obtain information about the goals of the concentration and coursework.

Early Childhood Education

(May also satisfy requirements to extend certification by adding B-2)

There is an increased demand for quality teach-ers in private and Head Start, childcare services as well as preschools, and in the public school systems across the country. In order to ensure the experience provides a quality education for young children, it is imperative that those indi-viduals enrolled in teaching programs receive a broad, solid foundation of knowledge in the field of early childhood education. These courses will enable the graduate student to extend their certification to include Early Childhood Education upon completion.

The courses in this program include:

  • Emergent Literacy
  • Creative and Sensory Experiences for Young Children
  • Early Childhood Development and Learning
  • Literature: Family /School/Community Collaboration


Intercultural Educator

With rapid internationalization, there is an increase in intercultural schools, classrooms, events, communities, and businesses. Individuals with the ability to navigate and lead within these settings smoothly will be in increased demand. These courses will enable the graduate student to begin to develop a greater understanding of the normality of diversity in the lives of all humans.*

The courses in this program include:

  • Diversity and Advocacy in Education
  • Literacy and Language for Diverse Learners
  • Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
  • Family/School/Community Collaboration

Language Acquisition

The ability for teachers to gain a greater un-derstanding of how humans begin to recognize and understand language then use words and sentences in that language to communicate with others is a critical part the educational process. The Language Acquisition focus area will provide students with the most current theories and best practices on how to begin to understand and produce language.

The courses in this program include:

  • Emergent Literacy
  • Literacy and Language for Diverse Learners
  • Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
  • Teaching Writing B-6 or Teaching Writing 5-12

Leadership in Education

Leadership is in everyone. It is also needed in almost every interaction we have in our profes-sional lives. As an educator, one will likely find himself or herself in a position where they have the ability to influence change in the organiza-tion. This focus area is designed to provide edu-cators with the knowledge to not only understand the dynamics of an organization and change, but to support personal growth and understanding of the leader within themselves and the role that plays in an educational setting.

The courses in this program include:

  • Principles of Leadership
  • Organizational Development
  • Change Processes
  • Leadership in a Community of Learners

Literacy Educator

There is increasing demand for classroom teachers to be expertly equipped with a high level of understanding for how students read, write, and communicate in today’s world, as well as how to evaluate literacy strengths and needs. Additionally, education reaches beyond the classroom walls and collaboration with families and communities is vital to student success. This focus area will provide candidates with the most current theories and practices in literacy assessment, reading, writing, and community-based approaches for PreK-12 classrooms.

The courses in this program include:

  • Literacy Assessment and Evaluation
  • Literacy: Family/School/Community Collaboration
  • Literature Based Literacy Instruction
  • Teaching Writing (B-6 or 5-12)

Human Resource Educator

People, in any organization, are the essence of what outcomes are made of. Each contribution (positive or negative) that is made, whether indi-vidually, or part of a team, is pivotal to the daily operations of the entity in which they belong. Understanding human needs, both interpersonally, and in the context of an organization, is at the core of these courses. These will introduce concepts related to the interaction between one another, strategies related to the development of members of the organization, and ways to reduce conflict and improve outcomes within the organization.

The courses in this program include:

  • Teambuilding
  • Staff Development
  • Human Resources
  • Conflict Resolution

Technology Educator

Education today involves complex learning envi-ronments that involve digital tools and materials. It is critical that teachers have the skills and ac-cess to resources needed to provide an effective 21st Century education for their students. The courses in this focus area provide a foundation from which teachers can build and facilitate high quality learning environments for their students.

The courses in this program include:

  • Desktop Publishing
  • Technology in Education
  • Teaching and Learning with Simulations and Games
  • Preparing and Delivering Professional Presentations

Wilderness Education

The Wilderness Education concentration is de-signed for professionals that have experience or aspire to gain employment in wilderness educa-tion for higher education institutions, K-12 and private school settings.“Participating in the Wilderness Education pro-gram at SUNY Potsdam impacted me personally and professionally. I grew as a person, developed confidence in my knowledge of the outdoors, but most importantly combined my passion with the opportunity to learn how to teach others about it!

The courses in this program include:

  • Wilderness Education Internship
  • Outdoor Studies K-12
  • Wilderness and Adventure Program Planning

Program Contact

Kathleen Valentine
Program Contact
Satterlee Hall 304
(315) 267-3314