Curriculum & Instruction

Program Overview

The program in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) offers a Master of Education and a Doctor of Education. The Master of Education (MEd) degree is designed to meet the needs of elementary and secondary classroom teachers, subject matter specialists, subject area supervisors, curriculum coordinators, and educational scholars and researchers. The MEd degree has three options: the Professional Educator, Educational Research, and Technology Education.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree is designed to prepare graduates to assume positions in college and university teacher education programs.  Graduates will develop the rich knowledge base in educational theory and practice needed to conduct research and engage in service to the greater education community.  The program offers multiple opportunities to engage in college teaching, research grounded in cutting-edge educational issues, and collaborative activities in diverse educational settings including faculty from other disciplines.  

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) degree is designed for graduate students seeking faculty or administrative positions in higher education or positions within research organizations that require educational research skills in highly specialized disciplines. Specifically, this PhD program prepares students to develop knowledge and conduct research related to six (6) major areas of strength among our existing faculty: (1) Leadership and Policy Analysis (2) STEM Education, (3) the K-20 Education, (4) Online and Distance Education Delivery, (5) Pedagogy and Teacher Preparation, and (6) Education Evaluation, Assessment, Research Design and Analysis. Special emphasis in these major research areas addresses topics specific to Montana including working with rural communities and Native Americans on state and other educational issues. Graduates of this PhD program in education will be well positioned to directly and positively affect the data driven culture related to improving the K-20 educational systems. 

The Department also offers the School Library Media Certificate (LMC) program. This totally online program is offered through the Montana State University Extended University and consists of 21 semester credits (7 courses). The program is for teachers who want to add an endorsement in K-12 Library Media to an existing teaching license or take courses for certification in Library Media.