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Curriculum & Instruction - Master of Education

 Curric Instruct brochure picture  Shippensburg's College of Education and Human Services upholds a learning environment in which faculty, administration, staff, and students work together to develop a lifetime commitment to being of service to others.

Program  Degree Requirements  Cluster Requirements 
Admissions Requirements  Special Resources     Faculty  

A graduate program leading to the Master of Education degree with emphasis on Curriculum & Instruction is offered for fully certified elementary and secondary school teachers. (Certification is an option in the Early Childhood Cluster only.) Its purpose is to foster teacher growth through exploration of principles of theory and practice that enhance teaching. This degree program requires a completion of 36 graduate semester hour credits.

The Curriculum and Instruction Program

The curriculum & instruction master’s degree program fosters teacher growth through exploration of principles of theory and practice that enhance teaching. The program consists of a core of 18 credits that focus on four critical areas embedded in effective teaching:

  • Curriculum and Assessment (3 credits);
  • Effective Teaching & Leadership (6 credits);
  • The Learner (6 credits); and
  • Research (3 credits).

An additional cluster of courses (18 credits) allows you to tailor the program to your teaching interests and/or situation. Clusters include:

Clusters include: 

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle-Level Education
  • Secondary Education Biology
  • Secondary Education Geography/Earth Science
  • Secondary Education Foreign Languages
  • Secondary Education History
  • Secondary Education Mathematics

Curriculum and Instruction Degree Requirements

Program Core (18 crs.)

  • Curriculum and Assessment (3 crs.)
    • ECH577 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment
    • TCH511 Elementary School Curriculum and Assessment
    • TCH524 Middle School Curriculum and Assessment
    • ELP516 Curriculum Assessment and Instruction PK-12 Diverse Student Populations
  • Effective Teaching and Leadership (6 crs.)
    • Effective Teaching (3 crs.)
      • TCH501 Strategies for Effective Teaching
      • TCH502 Strategies for Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Leadership (3 crs.)
      • ECH563 Leadership in Early Childhood Education
      • ELP518 The Role of Supervision in Promoting Student Achievement
  • The Learner (6 crs.)
    • Development (3 crs.)
      • TCH575 Advanced Child Development
      • PSY527 Psychology of Adolescence
      • ECH530 Cognitive and Language Development in ECH
    • Individual Differences (3 crs.)
      • ECH510 Including Young Children with Special Needs in ECH
      • EEC526 Topics in Special Education for School Counselors and Other School Professionals: Working with Students with Exceptionalities (Students who took EEC273 or 411 as undergraduates cannot take this class.)
      • EEC423 Effective Instructional Strategies
  • Focus on Research (3 crs.)  
    • TCH600 Elements of Research
    • BIO600 Biological Research Methods
    • GEO546 Geoenvironmental Research I
    • HIS600 Computerized Historical Research Methods
    • HIS601 Research in Local and Regional History
      (Note: TCH609 does not meet this requirement.) 

Cluster Requirement

Each student will choose the cluster most closely related to his/her personal and educational needs.

Early Childhood Cluster

See the Early Childhood brochure for descriptions of its three options.

Elementary Education Cluster

  • Elementary Content Area Courses (9crs.): 
    • RDG528 Foundations of Literacy Development
    • TCH542 Modern Elementary School Mathematics
    • TCH546 Teaching Science in the Elementary School
    • TCH560 Making Social Studies Dynamic  
  • Elementary Electives (6 crs.)
    • TCH440 Gender Equity in Education
    • TCH445 Strategies for Effective Classroom Management
    • TCH490 Selected Topics in Teacher Education
    • TCH505 Technology for Today’s Educator
    • TCH543 Diagnostic Techniques in Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
    • TCH545 Earth Science for Elementary Teachers
  • Required Internship
    • TCH609 Internship and Action Research Seminar 

Middle School Cluster

  • Middle School Content Area Courses (9 crs.)
    • TCH423 Integrating Literature in Middle Grades
    • TCH445 Strategies for Effective Classroom Management
    • TCH505 Technology for Today’s Educator
  • Middle School Electives (6 crs.)
    • 6 credits from any content area (i.e., Biology, English, Geography/Earth Science, History, Math)
  • Required Internship (3 crs.)
    • TCH609 Internship and Action Research Seminar

Secondary Biology Cluster

18 credits in Biology from 400 and 500 level courses including courses offered by the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island. At least 12 credits must be taken in the Biology Department. Students may structure their courses to meet individual sub-disciplinary interests.

For information, contact Dr. Tim Maret, Department of Biology, at 717-477-1401 or

Secondary Geography/Earth Science Cluster

18 credits in Geography/Earth Science from 400 and 500 level courses. Three credits may be taken with advisement from Geography/Earth Science, Biology, History, Political Science, Chemistry or International Studies.

Secondary History Cluster

18 credits in History from 400 and 500 level courses from three categories: United States and North American History (3 crs.); Global Connections (3 crs.); History Electives (12 crs.)

Secondary Mathematics Cluster

18 credits in Mathematics. Students may choose up to 6 credits from any 400-level MAT courses; students must take at least 12 credits from 500-level.

Secondary Modern Languages Cluster

18 credits in language and methodology from 400 to 500 level courses (at least 12 credits from 500 level). Cluster offers option in French or in Spanish. Students must demonstrate evidence of oral and written proficiency in the target language by taking the ACTFL OPI (oral proficiency interview) and the ACTFL written test. Completion of the master’s will entail an oral exam and a Spanish/French Education research project whose outcome will be reviewed by all the Spanish/French faculty.

  • Spanish
    • SPN510 Hispanic Theatre
    • SPN515 Hispanic Poetry
    • SPN520 Hispanic Fiction
    • SPN525 Hispanic Culture
    • SPN530 Spanish Linguistics
    • SPN535 History of Spanish Language
  • French
    • FRN510 French Theatre
    • FRN515 French Poetry
    • FRN520 French Fiction
    • FRN525 French Speaking Countries
    • FRN530 French Linguistics
    • FRN535 History of French Language
  • Language Education Methods  
    • EDU522 Advanced Methods in Teaching Languages 

Special Resources

The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library’s education collection (whether pertaining to elementary, middle, or secondary school) is excellent. A Curriculum Materials Center provides a wide range of teaching resources: textbooks, multimedia kits, films and filmstrips, audio and videotapes and recordings, curriculum software, etc. Computer labs, which are open for your use, are located in the library and Shippen Hall.

Admission Requirements

Admission application reviews are June 1 (fall), September 1 (spring), February 1 (summer).

To be considered for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a degree in education from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have an undergraduate overall grade point average of 2.75 or an approved score on the Miller Analogies Test
  • Provide official transcripts of all undergraduate/graduate work.
  • Complete a questionnaire [FORM] concerning teaching background and future goals.
  • Submit three letters of reference [FORM].
  • Appear for an interview and a planning review during which a program plan will be completed.


The curriculum & instruction program is delivered by a diverse faculty representing both the College of Education and Human Services and the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty from the following departments will sponsor courses in this program: Educational Leadership & Special Education, Biology, Geography/Earth Science, History, Mathematics, and Teacher Education.