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Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/supersite/academics/catalogs/graduate/current/curriculum-instruction.html

313 Armstrong Hall
507-389-5710

The Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction prepares curriculum coordinators, special education directors and classroom teachers in their area of competency. Students may choose to specialize in any of the following areas: early childhood, elementary, secondary, general, or a subject matter specialty. The Specialist degree consists of 30 credits in approved graduate coursework, of which there will be 6 credits of Research, including a thesis, 8 credits of course work in curriculum and instruction, 3 practicum credits, 8 credits of related field courses, and 5 credits of electives to be selected with consent of the major advisor. Students may also choose the Curriculum and Instruction: Physical Education program, offered in conjunction with the Human Performance Department.

Admission

For admission, applicants for the Specialist's degree must have earned a Master's degree in an education-related area from an accredited college or university, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or a score of 500 on the verbal, quantitative, or analytical portions of the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination. The Miller Analogies Test may be taken in place of the Graduate Record Examination. They must have a valid Minnesota teaching license and submit letters of recommendation to the department. Contact the department for further information.

Curriculum and Instruction Specialist

(Thesis Plan - 30 credits)

Required Research Core (6 cr)

  • KSP 681 – Quantitative Research (3) or
    SPED 601 – Quantitative Research (3) or
    KSP 682 – Qualitative Research (3) or
    SPED 602 – Qualitative Research(3) and
  • KSP 579 – Grant Writing and Program Funding (3)
  • KSP 699 – Thesis (3)

Required KSP Courses (8 cr)

Choose 8 credits of 500-600 level KSP courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Required Practicum Course (3 cr)

  • KSP 660 – Practicum (3)

Related Area Elective Courses (8cr)

8 elective credits in related academic area, chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Electives (5 cr)

Choose any 500-600 level elective courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.