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Programs in Curriculum & Teaching

In the Department of Curriculum & Teaching

Degrees > Master of Education

Master of Education

Program Description

The Department of Curriculum and Teaching offers a single program leading to the M.Ed. degree. The M.Ed. is an advanced masters’ degree (between an M.A. and an Ed.D.) that offers a flexible program of study focusing on leadership in curriculum and teaching in a range of educational settings. This degree program offers students the opportunity to develop specialized understandings and a capacity for leadership in curriculum and pedagogy. Leadership is interpreted broadly in this program to include developing curricula, studying teaching, designing professional development, and engaging in action research, all with a focus on challenging inequalities and imagining new possibilities for education. The M.Ed. program of study does not lead to New York State certification as teacher or as building administrator.


2 years of teaching experience or the equivalent. 

Program of Study

This is a 60 point program, 30 of which may be transferred from relevant graduate study at TC or elsewhere. Students must complete the required core courses and the integrative project.  A minimum of 15 points (including the core courses) must be taken in the Department of Curriculumand Teaching. Students must also complete the College’s breadth requirement, which consists of 3 courses (a minimum of 2 points each) taken outside of Curriculum and Teaching. The program does not require an internship, but one can be arranged as part of the student’s program plan.

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • C&T 4002   Curriculum theory and history (3)
  • C&T 4005   Principles ofteaching and learning (3credit option, no practicum)
  • C&T 4052   Designing curriculumand instruction (3 credits) 

Curriculum and Teaching Courses  (minimum of 6 additional credits)

Social Context Courses (at least 6 credits selected from the following)

  • C&T 4000 Disability incontexts
  • C&T 4001 Differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms
  • C&T 4010 Immigrationand curriculum
  • C&T 4078 Curriculum and teachinginurban areas
  • C&T 4114 Multicultural approaches to teachingyoung children
  • C&T 4145 Critical Perspectives in Secondary Education
  • C&T 5037 Literacy, culture, andthe teaching ofreading
  • C&T 4004 School change
  • C&T 4023 Differentiated curriculum for gifted students
  • C&T 4032 Gender, difference,andcurriculum
  • C&T 4121 Early childhood teaching strategieswithin a social context
  • C&T 4161 The teacher:Socio-historical, cultural context of teaching
  • C&T 4615 Young children and social policy:Issues and problems
  • C&T 5074 Curriculum and Teaching Policy
  • C&T 5199 Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Out-of-Department Courses 

  • 3 Teachers College courses (2-3 credits each)

Integrative project

  • C&T 5500 (formerly 4502) (1 credit):  An initiating seminar usually taken in the fall semester of the student’s first year of the program. The purpose of this seminar is to initiate a project that will integrate each student’s learning experiences and expand her/his knowledge and practice of leadership. The project may take a number of forms, including an article for publication, a curriculum framework, curriculum development, and action research. The seminar instructor will be responsible for guiding students’ completion of their integrative projects. The final project will be evaluated by two readers: the seminar instructor and one other faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Students will have up to four semesters following the seminar (not including summer) to complete the integrative project.