Feb 07, 2023
Barbara Young, Program Director
The Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction major offers a specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process. This online degree program provides an opportunity to consider the impact and influence that cultural circumstances, mental processes, and contributions to neuroscience have on learning and teaching in general. Onsite options may be available for some courses.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission to the Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in culture, cognition and the learning process requires
- a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test, the Graduate Record Examination, or the Praxis II (Principles of Learning and Teaching) or a valid Teacher license;
- an earned master’s degree from an accredited university or college;
- a grade point average (GPA) in previous academic work that reflects potential for success in the Ed.S.;
- a valid teaching license. The licensure requirement may be waived under special circumstances.
NOTE: Students pursuing an Ed.S. degree must be fully admitted to the program prior to the completion of their initial semester of coursework.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit three letters of recommendation;
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or copy of a valid Teaching license;
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
The Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an instruction, culture, cognition, and the learning process specialization requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours.
Once admitted to the program, candidate must
- complete 30 semester hours, with a minimum of 15 at the 7000 level (see specifics in Curriculum section below);
- successfully complete a written comprehensive examination or research project during the semester of graduation (exam may be retaken once).
Curriculum: Curriculum and Instruction, Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process
The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.
Specialized Core (12 hours)
Elective (3 hours)
Choose one from the following:
Students taking courses for licensure renewal, add-on endorsements, or “plus 30” upgrade on teacher licensure should register as non-degree-seeking students. Students enrolling in 6000-level courses must hold a bachelor’s degree, and students enrolling in 7000-level courses must hold a master’s degree. Non-degree-seeking students cannot register for 7000-level courses without departmental permission.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the semester in which the student intends to graduate.