M.S. Ed Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education

Degree Purpose

The purpose of the Master’s of Science in Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction is to provide extensive preparation in curriculum development, and teaching and learning strategies as part of an overall effort to improve instruction.

Program Goal

The Elementary Education concentration is designed for experienced teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists and educational consultants to prepare them with in-depth study and practical experience in the development of pedagogically sound curriculum and instructional programs in elementary education. This concentration places special emphasis on the study of effective teaching strategies, curriculum development, technology-integrated curricula and collaborative inquiry.

The required course work in the Elementary Education concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need to become competent in the area of elementary education curriculum and instruction. This concentration also emphasizes knowledge and skill development in five areas: development, learning and motivation, curriculum, instruction, assessment and professionalism.

Program Requirements

The Elementary Education Concentration requires 33 semester hours of coursework. In addition to the coursework, there are required complete program assessments such as LiveText, a Comprehensive Examand an electronic Professional Portfolio.


Administrator, Curriculum Specialist, Educational Consultant in Elementary Education

Application Procedure

To apply for admission to the program, students should: contact the Graduate School Office at Chicago State University, (773) 995-2404 and request an application packet or visit here. Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended are required.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, the applicant must have: A. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; B. a grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point grading system; C. two letters of recommendation from school administrators or supervisors.

Courses Required [33 semester hours]
Core Requirements 27 cr
Practicum Requirements 3 cr
Master’s Thesis Requirements 3 cr
Courses Required
ELCF 5010: Curriculum Development and Learning Theories 3 cr
ELCF 5320: Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, and Delivery in School and Non-School Settings 3 cr
ELCF 5410: Proposal Development for Government And Private Funding 3 cr
ELCF 5520: Elementary School Curriculum 3 cr
ELCF 5540: Instructional Media and New Instructional Technologies for Curriculum Delivery and Practices 3 cr
ELCF 5620: Sociological and Cultural Foundation of Education 3 cr
ELCF 5640: Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3 cr
ED 5312: Teaching with Technology 3 cr
ED 5960: Fundamentals of Educational Research 3 cr
ELCF 5660: Master’s Thesis 3 cr
Practicum Courses
ELCF 5950: Practicum in Curriculum and Instruction** 3 cr
Additional Requirements for Completion of Degree
Comprehensive Examination (24 credit hr. Prerequisite) **
Professional Portfolio

**Note: Students must complete 24 credit hours before they are allowed into this portion of the program. An application has to be completed and submitted prior to registration.

Contact: Graduate Programs in Education Department (GPED) at (773) 995-2086