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.