Master of Arts in Education Degree in Secondary Education-Curriculum and Instruction Option (Non-Certification Plan)

*The Curriculum and Instruction option does not meet the requirements for the Class A Professional Educator Certification in Alabama.

The Master of Arts in Education Degree in Secondary Education - Curriculum and Instruction Option is an online program designed for individuals who wish to have professional development training in Instructional Design or who wish to work as educators outside of the traditional school environment.  Students will take a 15 hour core in Education and an 15 hour focus area which will be created based on the career goals of the student. Focus areas will be chosen with the assistance of the graduate advisor.  The flexibility of the focus areas is important due to the wide range of applications in the field of Education.  The Curriculum and Instruction option requires 30 hours of course work.

Education Core
ED 601Methods of Educational Research3
ED 605Curriculum Development3
ED 615Introduction to Education3
ED 625Digital Literacy Instructional Context3
Select one course from the following:3
Trends, Issues, and Diversity in Learning
Multicultural Issues of Teaching ESOL
Advanced Methods of Teaching in Grades 6-12
History and Philosophy of Education
Ethics and Education
Evaluation in Modern Education
Special Topics in Education
Focus Area15
15 hours from content area teaching field (i.e. English, Biology, Math), Instructional Design or additional courses n Education.
Total Hours30

Curriculum and Instruction Option Prerequisites

  1. Preparation:  must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an appropriate field of study from an institution that meets the general admission requirements for graduate study at UNA.
  2. Scholastic achievement: minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) on undergraduate work for unconditional admission.
  3. Candidates with an overall grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) on undergraduate coursework may be conditionally admitted, but must successfully complete 12 hours achieving a GPA of 3.0 or above (with no grades below “B”) in order to be moved to unconditional status.
  4. International candidates must submit WES, ECE, or an approved international credential evaluation to determine if any additional prerequisite courses are needed. International candidates must also meet English language proficiency requirements with appropriate TOEFL/IELTS score or successful completion of UNA Academic English Program (AEP).