MSED - DSP Curriculum & Instruction

In Kansas and throughout the nation, there is a growing need for educators who can provide instruction and educational support for teachers in secondary education or junior colleges. The Newman University School of Education offers two programs: One is for candidates seeking a graduate degree while meeting the minimum qualifications for teaching college courses; the other is for candidates seeking discipline-specific hours (with a master’s degree).

The Curriculum

The Newman Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Discipline-Specific Pedagogy (DSP) program is designed to ensure that candidates have a deep understanding of curriculum from not only a classroom view, but also from a systems view. Candidates will gain a strong knowledge base of the effective instructional strategies necessary for optimal student learning, as well as fundamentals of educational research, professional writing and curriculum. In addition, graduates are prepared with leadership skill sets necessary to improve the quality of education in highly diverse settings.

This 10-course (30 credit hour) graduate degree program is designed to provide full-time working teachers with the knowledge, skills and dispositions essential for excellence in teaching all students, especially those students for higher-level courses in secondary settings.

Beginning summer 2019, candidates may enter the DSP program in one of three curricular tracks; history, math, and chemistry.

Course Delivery

Disciplinary content is delivered during the summer 8-week term, and has a concentration of one-week intensive face-to-face course delivery where candidates can work with other secondary/junior college teachers to learn additional content and update pedagogical knowledge. Two disciplinary courses are offered each summer, one in the second and the other in the third full week of June.

In fall and spring semesters, 8-week education core courses are taught within a flexible delivery model that includes live and recorded Zoom sessions.

Program Curriculum