Apr 26, 2018  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Curriculum and Instruction, MSED, Professional Certification

Major Information

The Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction program meets academic requirements for New York State Professional Certification for candidates entering with certification in the following areas:

  • Adolescence (7-12) or Middle Childhood Specialist (5-9) in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, French, Spanish or German
  • Art All Grades
  • Childhood (1-6), Early Childhood (B-2), or Middle Childhood Generalist (5-9)
  • Music All Grades
  • Special Education

The Program

This Master’s degree program introduces candidates to topics and themes that P-12 teachers discuss, navigate, and build upon throughout their careers. Candidates will be guided to focus beyond individual relationships with their students and examine their roles as professionals in terms of a wider view of pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, data driven decision making, and professional development.

Candidates will also be introduced to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, whose mission is to strengthen the teaching profession and to improve student learning in America’s schools by establishing high standards for teachers. The NBPTS acknowledges high quality teachers by awarding them NBPT Certification. This program starts candidates on the path toward NBPT Certification.

In keeping with the SUNY Oswego School of Education Conceptual Framework, the MSED Curriculum and Instruction program strives to strengthen candidate’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the areas of content expertise, teaching practice, analytic reflection, productive collaboration, and timely leadership so that they can effectively develop authentic learning experiences and work for social justice in all of their professional activities.


Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and hold, or be eligible for, a NYS Initial Certificate in one of the previously listed areas list (Also see Table of Requirements for Admission to Graduate Degree Programs  ).

The following materials must be submitted online to the Graduate Studies Office, www.oswego.edu/gradstudies. Applicants will be notified of the review committee’s decision within six weeks from the date the application package is complete.

Application must include the following materials:

  1. Program Advisement Form completed at a Program Advisement meeting. Schedule a meeting at www.oswego.edu/gradstudies and click on Program Advisement Meeting
  2. Application for Admission to Master’s Degree, including Part II Graduate Applicant Essay
  3. Official transcript for all undergraduate (minimum 2.7 GPA) and graduate work
  4. If GPA is 2.69 or below: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) scores at the fiftieth percentile or better
  5. Copy of NYS Initial Teacher Certificate in one of the areas mentioned above or evidence of eligibility
  6. Two letters of recommendation (one from a college professor, and one from the student teaching experience or from a work supervisor) that speak to the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program
  7. Professional Resume

Degree Candidacy

Candidates accepted into the MSED Curriculum and Instruction program must apply for Degree Candidacy after completing 12–18 credits of the program. Any coursework taken in excess of 18 credits without candidacy is liable to forfeiture.A grade index of 3.00 or better is required to qualify for degree candidacy status. Submit the candidacy application to the Graduate Studies Office, 606 Culkin Hall; the application and a current transcript will be forwarded to the Curriculum and Instruction Department for review. Candidates will receive a follow-up letter advising them of their status and remaining requirements to be met.

Program Requirements

All candidates will complete the Pedagogical Core and Pedagogical Elective requirements.


Generalist Track

Candidates whose initial certification is Childhood (1-6), Early Childhood (B-2), Middle Childhood Generalist (5-9), or Special Education will complete this Generalist Track of Content Related Electives.

A. Pedagogical Core (15 cr)

B. Pedagogical Electives (3 cr)

Select one approved elective.

C. Generalist Track Content Related Core (12 cr)


Specialist Track

Candidates whose initial certification is Adolescence (7-12), Middle Childhood Specialist (5-9), Special Education (7-12), Art (All Grades), or Music (All Grades) will complete this Specialist Track of Content Related Electives.

A. Pedagogical Core (15 cr)

B. Pedagogical Electives (3 cr)

Select one approved elective.

C. Specialist Track Content Related Core (12 cr)