Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

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Certificate in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

Denise Cunningham, Program Coordinator
Hill Hall, Room 121; Phone: 417-836-3262
Email: CEFS@MissouriState.edu
Website: education.missouristate.edu/cefs

Program description

The graduate certificate in curriculum and instruction provides a 12-hour graduate-level experience for educators, administrators, curriculum developers, school leaders, or community members who are interested in the elementary education. The program provides for the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and developing curriculum, and draws on research-based principles supported with current technology in exploring best practices in instruction. The certificate is designed to look at research, practices, and related issues relevant to teaching and learning in the PreK-8 environment. Through standards-based activities from various content areas, student will experience instructional methods and curriculum as they become prepared to be leaders in their schools.

Admission criteria

To be considered for the program, a student must submit a graduate application and have a 3.00 grade point average. Students who do not meet the normal admission requirements, but who show an indication of high promise, will be considered for probationary admission. Probationary conditions will be defined by the graduate program coordinator. Students in an accelerated master’s and postbaccalaureates are encouraged to consider this certificate. Admission to the certificate program does not constitute admission to any other Missouri State University graduate program.

Required courses (12 hours) – select 4 courses

Course code Course title Credit hours
ELE 710 Elementary School Curriculum 3 hrs
ELE 721 Standard-based Integrated Curriculum, Learning and Teaching 3 hrs
ELE 722 Differentiated Instruction 3 hrs
ELE 713 Advanced Theory and Practice in Communication Arts 3 hrs
ELE 714 Advanced Theory and Practice in Social Studies 3 hrs
ELE 715 Advanced Theory and Practice in Math 3 hrs
ELE 716 Advanced Theory and Practice in Science 3 hrs
EEM 676 Topical Issues in Education 3 hrs
EEM 796 Problems in Education 3 hrs

Completion requirement

Courses must be completed with a 3.00 GPA for successful completion of certificate.