Designed for individuals who wish to pursue advanced levels of reflection, knowledge, skill and professionalism in the field of education.
- Develop as a reflective, student-centered educator
- Effectively articulate and apply educational theory and research in the field of education
- Meet your professional development needs within the structure of a high-quality, research-based graduate program
What we're working on
Earn your master's degree in as little as two years, with flexible online and on campus classes. Learn more about our M.Ed. In Curriculum and Teaching.
The MEd in Curriculum and Teaching is a non-licensure degree program. However, for those students seeking to further their licensure with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), this program offers the flexibility to accumulate the required graduate-level credits in their teaching field.
Learn more about our new Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate and how you can combine it with this hybrid M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching (non-licensure).
In conjunction with the program advisor, individual students will select a focus area, with a focus of a minimum of 9 credits in the content strand and 9 credits in the pedagogy strand. 9 credits of coursework will be completed in each strand area. These courses will be selected in order to meet the needs and interests of each individual student. Focus areas may include technology, assessment, special education, diversity, literacy, curriculum and instruction, and secondary and elementary education, among others. No courses below the 7000 level will be accepted toward the program without written approval of the program chairperson.
- Gain skills as a student-centered educator who is able to articulate and apply educational theory and research.
- Multiple focus areas including assessment, diversity, literacy, technology, and special education.
- Preparation for lead teacher and mentor roles.
- Self-petition for professional licensure through DESE*.
- Fitchburg State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Fitchburg State University is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated quality assurance review in Fall 2023.
*If you hold an initial teaching license in Massachusetts you may use this degree to self-petition to DESE for professional licensure, which requires a master's degree with 12 credits of content and pedagogy specific to the license sought. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that they meet the 12 credits of license specific content and pedagogy required for a professional license through their elective coursework and working with their advisor. This program does not lead to initial licensure.
The program is designed for licensed teachers and can assist them in becoming lead teachers or mentors in their schools.
While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.
I think one of the great things about the Curriculum and Teaching is the flexibility it provides teachers in obtaining professional development at a graduate level that meets their needs as teachers and potential administrators.
Degrees and Other Information
Candidates completing a Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education (Hybrid), upon graduation are expected to:
- demonstrate understanding of and ability to critically analyze current issues in education from various stakeholder perspectives.
- examine curriculum development theories as they apply to specific areas of educational focus and expertise.
- acquire deeper understanding of content and pedagogy, and the skills necessary for ongoing formal and informal knowledge acquisition.
- develop pedagogical skills to plan effective instruction based on knowledge of student diversity, societal issues, curriculum standards, and current research.
- understand the role of technology and demonstrate skills using technology to gather, analyze and present information, enhance instructional and collaborative practices, and support active student engagement
- critically examine and analyze research in education and apply results to improve current practice.
- complete a capstone project that integrates theory and practice, and contributes to ongoing problem solving in education.
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:
- An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Three letters of recommendation
- Professional resume
- Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
- Graduate application and fee
- An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
- Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
- What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
- Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
- Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
- What did you do in that particular situation?
- How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
- How do you feel about the situation now?
- What would you change, if anything?