Catalog 2010-2012

Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education

This program is designed to improve the student=s effectiveness as a classroom teacher, instructional leader, and curriculum developer.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for any other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

The degree program in this specialty area focus requires a minimum of 30 semester hours.

Students completing the thesis option are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination prepared and administered by the thesis committee. This comprehensive examination will normally accompany the thesis defense. Students on the thesis option must include 6 hours of 210:299 on the program of study. Students completing the non-thesis option are required to complete the department graduate research requirement.

The program may be extended by students wishing to complete the State of Iowa licensure endorsement for Elementary Education.


Required professional core and Curriculum and Instruction core.....15 hours

Specialty Area:

  Curriculum and Instruction: 210:242; 210:243; 210:289.....8 hours

  Curriculum and Instruction: 210:299.....1-3 or 6 hours

    Thesis option (6 hrs.)

    Non-thesis option (1-3 hrs.)

Approved electives.....1-6 hours

30 hours