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Degrees Available

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers four graduate programs: Master of Arts (M. A.), Master of Science of Education, (M. S. Ed.), Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) and Doctor Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum & Teaching. The Strickland Scholars program, a specialized M. S. Ed. Degree, includes initial teacher certification. Instruction is provided by members of the Graduate Faculty in Curriculum and Instruction.

The Master of Arts degree is designed to develop a scholarly understanding of education thought and practice. The MA requires 33 semester hours, including the completion and defense of a thesis, and a 12 hour minor in educational foundations, instructional technology, language and literacy, or mathematics education.

For further information contact: Dr. Trena Wilkerson, (254) 710-6162

The Master of Science of Education is designed to improve educational practice and to provide preparation for continued graduate studies in education. The MSEd requires 36 semester hours including a 15 hour cognate specialization. Choices for the cognate include educational foundations, instructional technology, language and literacy, mathematics education.

For further information contact: Dr. Trena Wilkerson, (254) 710-6162

The Doctor of Education Degree (EdD) is a professional degree that concentrates on the use of curriculum and instruction theory, educational research and practitioner knowledge to improve educational practice. The degree prepares professional educators for roles in curriculum development, instructional improvement and teacher education. The degree requires a minimum of 45 hours of coursework in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a 15 hour cognate specialization.

For further information contact: Dr. Trena Wilkerson, (254) 710-6162

Doctor Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum & Teaching Degree

The purpose of Baylor's Ph.D. in Curriculum & Teaching program is to prepare graduates for university-based leadership in the field of Curriculum & Teaching. Ph.D. students develop the intellectual and moral background necessary to provide high-quality, long-term leadership in the field of Curriculum & Teaching. Students are taught to conduct research, prepare teachers, educate other professionals within the field of education, and perform all duties necessary to thrive as university faculty members. The curriculum prepares leaders who have the research background necessary to provide long-term vision for curriculum, teaching, and teacher education. Students are taught to

Interested students also may contact the coordinator of the program: Dr. Trena Wilkerson, (254) 710-6162.

Strickland Scholars Program

Master of Science in Education with Initial Teacher Certification

The Strickland Scholars Program is designed to prepare candidates for initial teacher certification at Early Childhood-grade 4, Middle school, or Secondary as they complete a MSEd. The degree requires 38-41 hours depending on which certification program is selected. The course of study consists of two full summers of University ûbased coursework and an internship. Strickland Scholars complete a supervised internship for one academic year as the paid teacher of record in a public school classroom or complete one-semester as a non-paid student teacher.

For further information contact:

Dr. Larry Browning, Coordinator of Strickland Scholars, 254-710-6122

Certificate and degree programs

Certificates and advanced degrees may be pursued concurrently; however, a degree program does not require a certification program. With additional coursework and some approved modifications in the above degree requirements, students may complete certain certificates or endorsements. Certification is through the State Board for Educator Certification and the awarding of a graduate degree from Baylor University does not mean that the individual has been certified. Successful completion of the appropriate TExES examination is required for certification.

Admission to Graduate Programs in Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Applicants must submit an application, official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework, recent scores from the General Test of the GRE, and three letters of recommendation. Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on a review of all complete applications. The review may include an on-campus interview and/or an on-site writing sample.