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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.

Required Courses

  • Core Components – 12 Hours:
    • Diversity:
      • EDUC 6003 Cultural Diversity
    • Curriculum and Instruction 
      • EDUC 6293 Advanced Curriculum and Instructional Methods
    • Assessment
      • EDUC 6073 Assessing Student Learning
  • Research – 3 Hours:
    • EDUC 6023 Research & Applications
  • Disciplines (Select One):
    • History Pedagogy (18 Hours)
      • HIST 6001: Mediterranean World
      • HIST 6003: Europe Emerges
      • HIST 6005: Revolutions in Science and Technology
      • HIST 6007: The Cold War in History and Memory
      • HIST 6009: World War Two and the Holocaust
      • HIST 6011: Turning points in Contemporary History
    • Chemistry Pedagogy (18 Hours)
      • CHEM 6001: Advanced Spectroscopy
      • CHEM 6003: Advanced Chromatography
      • CHEM 6005: Discovery-Based Projects for High School Science Students.
      • CHEM 6007: The Chemistry and Art of Food Science. (cross listed as an NSP capstone)
      • CHEM 6009: Advanced Chemistry Seminar 1 (Inorganic and Organic Chemistry)
      • CHEM 6011: Advanced Chemistry Seminar 2 (Physical and Analytical Chemistry)
    • Math Pedagogy (18 Hours)
      • MATH 6001: Seminal and Current Research in Mathematics Education with emphasis on Grades 11-14
      • MATH 6003: Standards-Based Secondary Mathematics Instruction
      • MATH 6005: Strategies for Promoting Problem Solving, Reasoning, and Modeling in Quantity, Algebra, and Function for Teachers of Grades 11-14
      • MATH 6007: Growing Role of Modeling and Statistics in Mathematics for the 21st Century
      • MATH 6009: Strategies for Promoting Problem Solving, Reasoning, and Modeling in Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Discrete Math for Teachers of Grades 11-14
      • MATH 6011: Reconsidering Curriculum in High School and College Mathematics