Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction

The Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to abreast master teachers of the knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based curriculum and instruction in the K-12 setting and prepare them to serve in key decision-making roles pertaining to effective curriculum and instruction for all learners.

The program is fully online and is designed to be completed in one year. From the start, you will be engaged with fellow teachers in a supportive and professional online learning community.

Program content is aligned with professional standards and provide the foundation for clinical experiences that are unique to your particular context. At the completion of the program, you will have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to provide appropriate curriculum and instruction for all learners.

Course instructors are highly credentialed and provide a wealth of knowledge that will facilitate your ability to translate current research and best practices into practical school-based experiences.

  1. A Master’s degree in a related field from an institution fully accredited by one of the recognized accrediting agencies;
  2. A grade point average of 3.25 on coursework completed for the Master’s degree;
  3. A Class AA valid, renewable teaching certificate, or its equivalent;
  4. Satisfactory score on one of the nationally recognized, standardized tests of verbal skills listed below:
    a. CORE Academic Skills for Educators: Writing (Test #5723) – minimum score of 162
    b. Praxis I Writing Test – minimum score of 174 on PPST or 320 on CBT
    c. National Teacher Examination (NTE) Communication Skills – minimum score of 653
    d. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal Test – minimum score of 370 (Old Scale) or 144 (New Scale)
    e. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) – minimum score of 30
    f. Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Writing Essay Test – minimum score of 30

How to Apply for Graduation

Use the online application process to apply for graduation at least one semester prior to the semester of graduation. Paper applications are no longer accepted. Complete the process by going to the Registrar’s Office website.

Graduate students must have completed at least 18 earned credit hours (not including the current semester) in order to apply for graduation.


Dr. Tim Watkins
P: 662-846-4395

Dr. Corlis Snow
Interim Chair, Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, & Research
P: 662-846-4370
F: 662-846-4309