The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction offers students the opportunity to explore new and emerging research-based practices in teaching and learning. Those wishing to improve their teaching skills and content knowledge are encouraged to pursue this option. Designed with the flexibility to meet the individual needs and interests of the adult learner, this option allows students to pursue various specialization areas to meet their professional goals. Students in the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program may pursue the following concentrations:
Adult Learning and Development - The Adult Learning and Development concentration explores the frameworks for understanding and responding to the unique needs of adult learners. Emphasis is placed on developing, implementing and evaluating programs for adults.
Education Technology Integrator, K–12 Certification - NCATE and other professional organizations across the country have repeatedly emphasized the importance of technology in the classroom for both educators and students. As a result, the New Hampshire Department of Education has created standards for Education Technology Integrator certification. The Education Technology Integrator K-12 Certification concentration prepares educators to use computers and related technologies to improve their ability to integrate technology into their curriculum and classroom, while simultaneously enhancing the educator’s professional growth and productivity. This concentration is designed around International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) basic competency standards in educational computing and technology literacy, as well as the competencies for New Hampshire certification for Technology Educator.
K–12 Education - This concentration is designed for students interested in specializing in K-12 education. The program includes a specialization component in K-12 education, allowing students to develop a program of study to meet their professional goals and interests in education. The concentration is often multidisciplinary, and students may choose to incorporate courses from many active partnerships including the American Museum of Natural History, ASCD, PBS TeacherLine or e-Learning for Educators.
Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching - PSU has partnered with the Center for School Success (CSS) to create graduate programs focusing in the Neurodevelopmental Approach to Teaching—the only programs of their kind in the country. Candidates will be able to use recent brain-based research to inform their teaching practice—in particular how to identify, respond to, and manage students with learning differences.
Online Teaching and Learning - PSU has partnered with Virtual High School Global Consortium (VHS) to offer a program that meets the needs of teachers who are new to integrating technology into the classroom. It also helps educators incorporate cutting-edge technology within their classrooms. Participants will learn to use the Internet in instruction efficiently and effectively to develop student-centered, project-based learning that supports the development of 21st century skills. The capstone experience pairs students with an experienced online educator to help apply newly learned skills in the online education environment.
This program is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
International Student Requirements:
International students must have proof of English level proficiency through either the TOEFL, IELTS, or ELS Level 112 scores.
In addition, you must provide an I-134 Affidavit of Financial Support Form. Documents, including bank statements and other financial documents dated within the past 30 days, that confirm you have the financial resources to study for a year at Plymouth State must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
You must also include a copy of your valid passport with your application materials.
Finally, you must also submit official, notarized transcripts, verifying that you've completed at least a baccalaureate degree, which must be translated into English and evaluated for institutional equivalency.