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Lake Superior State University

Master of Arts

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree program provides an essential opportunity for practicing teachers and other educational professionals in Northern and Upper Michigan as well as in Northern Ontario to enrich their understanding of, and to improve their skills in, pedagogy, curriculum design, and assessment within the context of their discipline-specific content knowledge.

The degree provides a framework for securing a rigorous plan of study focused on the professional development needs of practicing teachers and other educators. The degree program allows both elementary and secondary masters degree candidates the opportunity to develop a graduate plan of study that strengthens their professional practices and address student learning in their classrooms.

Candidates in this program complete core requirements aligned with the professional competencies of accomplished teachers as identified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and electives from the fields of their academic disciplines and/or educational foundations. Candidates demonstrate competencies in the design, implementation, and assessment of student learning through a culminating curricular project. Graduates may qualify for an additional endorsement when the plan of study incorporates the required coursework of an approved major/minor.

School of Education advisors will work closely with each candidate to develop individualized plans of study designed to address specific professional development needs. The program requires a total of 32 hours of graduate credit (a limited number of undergraduate credits may qualify when part of an approved plan of study).

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission into the MA - C&I program:

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university and any one of the following:
    • a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours attempted accruing to the undergradate degree; or
    • a combined score of 1000 or higher on the quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE exam; or
    • a 50 or higher on the Miller Analogy Test; or
    • a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission of Ontario Three-Year Baccalaureate degree holders: Many Ontario teachers have completed the three-year baccalaureate degree, rather than the four-year honors degree or B.S. degree. Graduates of a three-year baccalaureate program are admissable to the Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction if they have 1) completed a fourth year of teacher’s college and 2) are recommended for admission by the Admissions Committee.

The Admissions Committee shall be appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs with representatives from 1) the School of Education, 2) the Admissions Office, and 3) the Registrar's Office. The Admissions Committee shall consider recommendations, teaching experience, grade point average and test scores, other qualifications, and potential for successful completion of the program in making its recommendation for admission of the applicant.

Graduate Program Advising:

Candidates seeking information and advising on the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator through the School of Education at 906-635-2811. Additional information and announcements may be found on the education Web site at:

Degree Requirements

Academic Core (12 credits)

  • EDUC602 Reflection and Inquiry into Teaching Practices I 3
  • EDUC604 Reflection and Inquiry into Teaching Practices II 3
  • EDUC605 Integrated Approaches in Curricular Design and Implementation 3
  • EDUC695 Capstone Research Project I 2
  • EDUC696 Capstone Research Project II 1

Foundations (8 credits minimum)

  • EDUC611 Psychological Foundations of Education 4
  • EDUC612 Philosophical Foundations of Education 4
  • EDUC613 Sociological Foundations of Education 4

Electives (12 credits)

  • EDUC621 Educational Leadership 4
  • EDUC622 Integrating Technology into Curriculum and Instruction 4
  • EDUC623 Foundations of Special Education 4
  • EDUC624 Reading: Research and Methodologies 4
  • EDUC625 Multimedia Production in Instruction and Assessment 3
  • EDUC626 Educational Assessment and Measuring 3
  • EDUC627 Models of Teaching 3
  • EDUC628 Supervision of Instruction 2
  • EDUC629 Issues in Special Education 3
  • EDUC631 Teaching Language Arts 1-4
  • EDUC632 Teaching Mathematics 1-4
  • EDUC633 Teaching Science 1-4
  • EDUC634 Teaching Social Studies 1-4
  • EDUC635 Applying: [specify course title by section] 1
  • EDUC690 Special Topics (8 hrs. max) 1-3

Total Credits: 32


Candidates may apply to the program at any time, formal admission is not required for enrollment, but limits do apply to the number of credits earned prior to admission. All applicants must submit GPA and graduate admission (GRE or MAT) test scores regardless of which criteria are met for admissions. Candidates may be required to take specific undergraduate course(s) if they do not have the necessary prerequisites for the graduate level of course or program.

The MA - C&I program limits the transfer of graduate coursework to 9 semester credits. To be considered for transfer, courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of B and no more than seven years prior to the date of entry into the graduate program and no more than 10 years prior to graduation from the graduate program. Decisions concerning transfer of coursework are made at the time of admission.

An approved plan of study will be developed with the Graduate Program Coordinator and the graduate faculty. If the number of applicants to a program exceeds the capacity, preference will be given to the candidates who, after review of the entire graduate application, demonstrate the strongest potential for success in the chosen field. Candidates who have not achieved minimum test scores or the minimum GPA, but who meet all other requirements, may, under special circumstances, be considered for admission into the program.

No more than a total of 12 credits earned prior to admission to the program may be used in fulfillment of the requirements of the program. Submission of an electronic portfolio, comprised in part of satisfactory teaching units, research projects, or papers developed by each teacher in his/her content classes, is required for graduation.

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