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Master of EducationCurriculum & Instruction with a K-12 Reading Endorsement

The Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a K-12 Reading Endorsement is designed to prepare teachers to meet the learning needs of today’s K-12 students. Emphasis is placed on literacy development. This program is for Individuals who hold a valid Minnesota teaching license and who wish to further develop their skills in literacy and methods.

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Curriculum & Instruction with a K-12 Reading Endorsement Curriculum Overview

The Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a K-12 Reading Endorsement program prepares licensed educators to be experts in classroom instruction, assessment of student learning, and reading specialists. Particular attention is focused on helping teachers integrate and apply national, state, and local academic standards into relevant and significant classroom experiences designed to increase student achievement for all students.

The classroom instruction emphasis is also intended to better help teachers develop and integrate best practices in the psychology of teaching and learning, curriculum design, dynamic, instructional strategies, and technology into their daily classroom practice. Upon completing the program, teachers will be more resilient and dynamic, critical and creative thinkers, better able to adapt, lead, and teach in the ever changing demands of today’s complex classroom. The coursework is designed to be sequential and is offered face-to-face and online.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
CI - 560 Curric & Instr in Literacy 3
CI - 561 Foundations of Literacy 3
CI - 562 Literacy Strat for Grades K-6 3
CI - 563 Literacy Strat Grades 7-12 3
CI - 564 Assess, Eval & Supervision 3
ED - 521 Educ Research & Applications 3
ED - 502 Educational Issues 3
ED - 508 Legal & Ethical Issues in Educ 3
ED - 507 Diversity in Education 3
ED - 590 Research & Complete Capstone 3

An examination of the history of the school curriculum, the fundamentals of curriculum design, and methods of implementation for literacy.

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A survey of the historical and theoretical development of literacy education and expectations for becoming an effective literacy teacher.

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An investigation of literature and effective literacy strategies for the elementary classroom.

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A review of adolescent literature and effective literacy strategies for learners in grades 7-12.

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Administration and analysis of individual and group assessments and strategies for supervising literacy programs and communicating student progress.

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Mastering the systematic and rigorous process of posing a focused question, developing a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, collecting and analyzing relevant data and drawing conclusions.

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A study of historical and contemporary issues in education. Students explore the social and academic goals of education, the current conditions of the nationÕs educational system, the teaching profession and the future of American education.

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A study of legal issues, professional ethics, and moral philosophy with applications to the field of education.

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A study of the issues and approaches to educating a culturally and linguistically diverse population and those with learning difficulties.

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A review and critical analysis of current educational research focused on a specific question. Students complete the capstone project.

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  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul Office of Graduate Admission ATTN: Kristine Erickson 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Career Potential

At completion of the program you will earn a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum & Instruction with the K-12 Reading Endorsement.

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