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School Leadership / Middle and Secondary Teacher Education

Curriculum & Instruction Masters Degree
(K - 12) ( EC - YA)


This degree is intended for individuals who teach or lead programs in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. The C & I Masters Degree provides flexibility through three areas of concentration: Effective Practitioner, National Board Certification, or Curriculum Leadership.

Satisfactory completion of admission requirements, passing the comprehensive examination (completed in one of the final two semesters), and all course work are required to be eligible for graduation.

ED 535

Cultural Awareness for Educators

3 credit hours

ED 805

Restructuring Classrooms with Technology

2 credit hours

ED 820

Curriculum Leadership: Models and Strategies

3 credit hours

ED 833

Beliefs, Values & Issues in Educational Practices

3 credit hours

ED 837

Brain Based Learning For Educators

3 credit hours

ED 887

Developing Authentic Assessments

3 credit hours

ED 879

Classroom Management Through Positive Reinforcement

2 credit hours

ER 752

Analysis of Research

3 credit hours

ED 895


3 credit hours

Areas of Concentration

Curriculum Leadership is designed for educators who choose to prepare to coordinate the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of curriculum and instruction in public and private school systems. National Board Certification is designed for educators who choose to prepare for and participate in the review process which leads to National Board Certification. The Effective Practitioner (EP) program is designed for educators interested in improving their own classroom skills and maximizing student achievement. EP is also for those who wish to become leaders and resource persons in faculty development projects and activities.

(9 hrs.)

EA 830 School Leadership Theory (3)

ED 865 Advanced Theory & Practice in Teaching (3)
ED 886 Designing Instructional
Programs (3)


ED 842 National Board Certification Portfolio Development (3)
ED 843 Nation Board Certification School Based Project (6)

Completion of NBPTS school site portfolio and NBPTS Assessment Center Exercises

NBC Website


(9 hrs.)

Nine additional credits of teaching and learning electives as approved by the C & I committee.



Students must follow the graduate degree procedures of the Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Emporia State University. The criteria for admission include the following:

  • GPA (a minimum of 2.5 on last 60 undergraduate hours)
  • Completion of either the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test scores
  • Complete and pass the Departmental Essay. See the rubric on the department Student Information page.
  • Two references from supervisors or individuals who have had the responsibility of evaluating your academic or professional performance.  When you apply for the graduate program, the reference requests will be sent via email to your reference providers.
  • Complete the Disposition form
  • ESU faculty approval utilizing the ‘Graduate Admissions Rating Form'

Admission points are assigned on each of the above elements. The stronger the performance, the greater the number of points assigned. Admission points are totaled on the Graduate Admissions Rating Form.

Additional information regarding any of the stated criteria is available upon request. Students are urged to begin immediately upon notice of probationary acceptance to make arrangements or complete details to gain degree candidacy. APPLICANTS FOR ADMISSION TO DEGREE CANDIDACY MUST HAVE ALL REQUIREMENTS COMPLETED BEFORE THE COMPLETION OF 21 HOURS.


Knowledge of and compliance with the requirements for any graduate degree are primarily the responsibility of the student. Consequently, careful reading and study of the graduate catalog should be a self-imposed prerequisite for all students applying for admission to graduate study. The graduate catalog is available online at Graduate Catalog.

Application for admission is available online at Apply Here. Copies of official transcripts of all college credit must be supplied. (Transcripts must include the baccalaureate degree and all transfer credit that is to be applied to the master's degree.)

Upon satisfactory completion of the five introductory/research courses, the core knowledge examination and the above requirements the student will be admitted to candidacy for the degree sought. Candidacy is the formal approval for pursuit of a graduate degree after it is determined that all specified admissions criteria have been met. Students shall continuously demonstrate personal characteristics appropriate to the profession and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better throughout the program.


All work must be completed within a seven-year period. The seven-year period begins with the semester in which the first course applied to the degree was taken.