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The field of curriculum and instruction involves improving curriculum and academic achievement in schools, enhancing teaching strategies and brining creativity into classrooms. The curriculum and instruction program at Valdosta State University provides opportunities for experienced practitioners in a variety of instructional fields to further study curricular and instructional issues facing schools, school systems, higher education establishments and other educational agencies.

 Curriculum and Instruction at Valdosta State University

Valdosta State offers three degree programs in curriculum and instruction. The Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction in accomplished teaching is an online program offered through Georgia ONmyLINE, the online education program of the University System of Georgia. Two post-master’s degree programs are available, including an Education Specialist degree in curriculum and instruction: teaching and learning – exemplary teaching and a Doctor of Education degree in curriculum and instruction leadership. The Doctor of Education degree is offered in hybrid and online formats, with classes meeting periodically and the remaining content taught online. The Education Specialist degree in curriculum and instruction: teaching and learning – exemplary teaching is available through Georgia ONmyLINE.

Degrees

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Accomplished Teaching Online (M.Ed.)
  • Education Specialist  in Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching and Learning - Exemplary Teaching Online (Ed.S)
  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership(Ed.D.)

About the Curriculum and Instruction Curriculum

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Accomplished Teaching

The Master of Education program in curriculum and instruction in accomplished reading is offered through Georgia ONmyLINE, the online education program of the University System of Georgia. The program is a collaboration between Valdosta State University, Georgia Southern University and Columbus State University, and graduate faculty members from each college teach the online courses. The program is based on six domains outlined by the Georgia Framework for Accomplished Teaching, including content and curriculum, knowledge of students and their learning, learning environments, assessment, planning and instruction, and professionalism.

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 Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching and Learning - Exemplary Teaching

The Educational Specialist program in curriculum and instruction: teaching and learning with a track in exemplary teaching is for certified professional personnel who hold teaching (T) and service (S) certificates. The degree program prepares educators to meet the exemplary level teaching standards within the Georgia Framework for Teaching. The program focuses on several areas crucial for the development of exemplary teachers, including the continued enrichment of content knowledge and resources, ways to improve the learning environments, curriculum development and implementation, the use of data analysis to enhance school improvement and student learning, instructional strategies and classroom management. The degree is offered through Georgia ONmyLINE and is a collaboration between Valdosta State and North Georgia College and State University. Courses are taught by top graduate faculty from each institution.

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 Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership

The Doctor of Education program in curriculum and instruction develops students’ understanding of effective instructional systems and application of theoretical foundations in curriculum and instruction. Doctoral candidates research, design, develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate innovative educational practices in a variety of learning environments. Students in the program create an electronic portfolio that includes work samples and artifacts that document mastery of program objectives. Graduates of the program have the ability to engage in focused inquiry by researching a topic, evaluating relevant literature, writing a comprehensive dissertation and presenting the results of their study.

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 Careers*

  • Assessment specialist
  • Assistant principal
  • Curriculum development specialist
  • Education management specialist
  • Educational researcher
  • Educational resource coordinator
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Instructional leader
  • Literacy specialist
  • Museum education specialist
  • Postsecondary teacher
  • Principal
  • Professor
  • Program evaluator
  • School administrator
  • School district administrator
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Student personnel administrator
  • Teacher educator

 *Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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