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2021-2022 EIU Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 EIU Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Curriculum and Instruction

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Program Mission: The online graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction advances scholarly preparation by providing opportunities for developing quality teaching and promoting excellence in research/creative activity for graduate students to exemplify best teaching practices for children from Pre-K through 12. The program is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers who wish a planned program of study focusing on Curriculum & Instruction. Students will be challenged to link theory and practice as they develop the skills required for ethical and effective collaboration and communication within the local school community and a culturally diverse, technologically advanced global environment.

Accreditation:  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and Higher Learning Commission.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for degree candidacy, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”) In addition, applicants should have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher for admission; however, applicants may seek authorization to register for graduate classes through provisional admission with a lower GPA. All applicants must submit a letter of application to address professional and educational goals related to the learning outcomes associated with the program, a current professional resume, a copy of an active teaching license, and at least one professional reference.

Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications of the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved. The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the program coordinator.



Degree Requirements

Degree requirements include those outlined for a Master of Science in Education degree by the Graduate School. To earn a Master of Science in Education degree, the student must:

Successfully complete all Foundations, Research and Practice, and one Discipline option (36 semester hours) while maintaining a 3.00 GPA;

Obtain approval for Thesis after completion of 4 courses or obtain approval of Action Research project by close of semester prior to ELE 5900.


Discipline Options

Select a discipline option from: Curriculum Development; Reading Instruction; English as a Second Language, Middle Grades

Credits: 18-19 semester hours

Middle Grades

Completion of the emphasis is Step 1 in the process of earning a Middle Grades endorsement. It does not automatically lead to a Middle Grades endorsement as indicated below. To qualify for a Middle Grades endorsement on your Professional Educator License, you must:

Complete the focused program, including a practicum at the Middle Grades

Pass Middle Grades state content test(s)

Demonstrate effective teaching by:

Submitting an evaluation that provides evidence of one successful year of teaching, as reviewed by the Eastern Illinois University Licensure Officer

Completing student teaching at Middle Grades

Complete specific content area coursework is required to meet the guidelines established by ISBE. Please visit these webpages to discover the state approved coursework for your intended content area(s):




Total hours 19

The following 5 courses are required:


Select 2 courses in consultation with an advisor, options may include:

Graduate Assistantships

Information on graduate assistantships may be obtained by contacting the Coordinator of Graduate Studies or Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Foundations, 2220 Buzzard Hall, EIU.

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