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Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction

The graduate curriculum encompasses comprehensive content knowledge and promotes the use of critical thinking and problem solving to cultivate teacher-researchers who are empowered to serve as leaders in the profession. Faculty members challenge students to bridge the gap between theory and practice as they develop the skills required for ethical and effective collaboration and communication within the local school community and a culturally diverse, technologically advanced global environment.

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Why Choose EIU for Curriculum and Instruction MSED

Highly Recruited

Our program has been ranked as one of the top programs for educators in the state. We strive to advance the scholarly preparation of practicing teachers by providing quality instruction that exemplifies the best teaching practices for children from birth through high school - recognizing multiple pathways to learning. The Department is committed to enhancing the academic experiences of our graduate students in an effort to fashion educators who function effectively in a culturally diverse, technologically advanced, and global environment.


Our program is proud to have a long legacy of preparing educators in programs inclusive of the core components of integrated learning (intentionality, reflection, problem-solving, collaboration and meta-cognition).

Research to Inform Practice

Graduate students within the department have two options for their culminating experience in the Master’s program. As their culminating experience, they can either complete a thesis or an action research project.

Additional Video: Research Leads to Stronger Students, More Confident Teachers

Areas of Emphasis


Specific courses in reading may be selected that will position students to obtain the Reading Teacher Endorsement in Illinois, including a graduate level practicum. Also addressed are foundations of reading, content area reading, assessment and diagnosis of reading problems, developmental reading methods and remedial reading instruction. Click here for more information on this program.

Curriculum Development

This program addresses foundational issues to education, as well as focusing on designing and implementing high quality instruction in content areas. Through in depth study of curriculum development, professional learning communities, technology, research and other areas, program candidates gain knowledge and confidence to be curricular leaders in their schools. Click here for more information on this program.

English as a Second Language

This program is designed for educators who hold a valid teaching license, have previous coursework/experience in reading and language arts methods and want to develop their professional knowledge and skills in regard to teaching English as a second language. Specific courses may be selected in this area that will lead to the English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Endorsement in Illinois, including a graduate level practicum. Click here for more information on this program.

Meet our Faculty/Staff

Dr. Amy Davis

Assistant Professor

Dr. Davis’s research focuses on reading and language content areas. She has recent publications in the Illinois Reading Council Journal and The Journal of Teacher Action Research. She actively contributes to multiple professional organizations including Kappa Delta Pi – Honor Society for Educators, International Literacy Association, Illinois Reading Council, WSRA, The Reading League, ASCD, and TESOL International Association. Dr. Davis teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses focusing on research, reading, and language arts.

Dr. Alexis Jones

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jones teaches graduate level courses that focus on research in education. Her research focuses on teachers’ moral and emotional work in classrooms, and she has had many articles published, including recent publications in Teachers College Record and Frontiers in Education. She supports and guides graduate students as they prepare for their action research course and continues to be active in conference presentations.

Dr. Daniel Carter

Associate Professor
MSED C&I Graduate Coordinator

In his role as the MSED C&I graduate coordinator, Dr. Carter assists with the graduate school admission process and supports graduate advancement throughout the program. He also instructs courses at the graduate level, primarily EDU 5520 High Quality Instruction and EDF 5500 Curriculum Development. Dr. Carter also serves as the Teaching, Learning, & Foundations assistant chair. His areas of expertise include upper elementary education and STEM instruction.

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Contact Information

Dr. Daniel Carter
MSED C&I Graduate Coordinator

2201 Buzzard
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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