Master of Arts - Curriculum and Instruction

The graduate program in curriculum and instruction is a 33-hour program that enhances your teaching ability and prepares you for leadership or advocacy opportunities.

Preparing You For Success

The degree gives you a foundation in research, technology, curriculum development and teaching strategies. You can pick a concentration in literacy and reading, multidisciplinary education or special education. You also may earn a reading teacher endorsement.

Making Your Mark

With a graduate degree in curriculum and instruction, you have additional knowledge and skills to become a master teacher and leader in your school setting. Recent Bradley program completers have used the degree in their classrooms and have also pursued doctorates.

Graduate Program Requirements

Graduate Core - 15 hrs.

  1. Educational Research (3 hours)
    • EHC 604 Research Methodology and Applications - 3 hrs.
  2. Educational Technology (choose one) - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 665 Technology Infusion - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 672 Technology Applications for Student with Exceptionalities - 3 hrs.
  3. Curriculum and Instruction - 9 hrs.
    • ETE 651 Curriculum Theory and Development - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 653 Instructional Strategies and Designs - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 663 Schooling in a Diverse World - 3 hrs.

Directed Elective (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • ETE 643 Assessment and Evaluation Practicum for Learners with Exceptionalities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 654 Program Evaluation - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 664 Classroom Assessment - 3 hrs.

Capstone Experience Option (choose one)

  • Option A:
    • 30 hours of coursework
    • ETE 655 - 3 hrs.
    • Comprehensive Examination
  • Option B:
    • 27 hours of coursework
    • ETE 699 Thesis - 6 hrs.
  • Option C:
    • 27 hours of coursework
    • ETE 655 - 3 hrs.
    • ETE 698 - 3 hrs.

Literacy and Reading Concentration

Elective Courses - 12 hrs. min.

  • ETE 616 Analysis and Evaluation of Children's Literature - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 620 Writing Across the Curriculum - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 630 Critical Foundations of Literacy Instruction - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 631 Resources and Strategies for the Reading Teacher - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 632 Reading in the Content Areas - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 636 Assessment in Reading - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 637 Remedial Reading Methods - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 639 Roles and Responsibilities of the Literacy Professional - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 640 Reading Practicum - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 641 Remedial Reading Practicum - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 650 Topics in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology - 1-3 hrs.
  • ETE 698 Creative Research Contribution - 1-6 hrs.

Multidisciplinary Education Concentration

Elective Courses - 12 hrs. min.

  • ETE 513 Educational Software Design - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 515 Mathematics Methods for the Middle School - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 550 Independent Study - 1-3 hrs.
  • ETE 610 Young Adolescent Development - 3 hrs.*
  • ETE 611 Middle School Instructional Strategies - 3 hrs.*
  • ETE 616 Analysis & Evaluation of Children's Literature - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 618 Science: An inquiry Approach - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 620 Writing Across the Curriculum - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 630 Critical Foundations of Literacy Instruction - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 631 Resources and Strategies for the Reading Teacher - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 632 Reading in the Content Areas - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 643 Assessment and Evaluation Practicum for Learners with Exceptionalities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 650 Topics in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 654 Program Evaluation - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 655 Instructional Theory - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 661 Child Growth and Development - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 662 Family Intervention - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 664 Classroom Assessment - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 667 Characteristics & Methods for Students who are Gifted - 3-6 hrs.
  • ETE 672 Technology Applications for Students with Exceptionalities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 673 Self Determination for Individuals with Disabilities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 674 Issues, Trends and Research in Special Education - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 698 Creative/Research Contribution - 0-6 hrs.
  • ART 500 Advanced Studio - 3 hrs.
    (requires interview by art department)
  • ENG 508 Composing Hypertext - 3 hrs.
    (requires approval by English department)
  • SCI 501 Topics in Investigative Science for Educators - 3 hrs.
  • Candidates may select up to 6 hours of science content from graduate-level courses offered in the departments of biology, chemistry or physics and must also select ETE 618, which requires corequisite of ETE 550 for 1 hour.

* Needed for the State of Illinois Middle School Endorsement

Special Education Concentration

Required for the Concentration - 6 hrs.

  • ETE 671 Instructional Strategies & Designs in Special Education - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 678 Leadership & Collaboration in Special Education - 3 hrs.

Electives for the Concentration - 6 hrs. min.

  • ETE 630 Critical Foundations of Literacy Instruction - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 631 Resources and Strategies for the Reading Teacher - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 632 Reading in the Content Areas - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 636 Assessment in Reading - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 637 Remedial Reading Methods - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 673 Self-Determination for Individuals with Disabilities - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 674 Issues, Trends and Research in Special Education - 3 hrs.
  • ETE 697 Advanced Practicum for Students with Exceptionalities - 1-5 hrs.
  • EHC 669 Special Education Law - 2 hrs.

Note: Candidates seeking the special education area of concentration must enter with either an endorsement or license in special education.