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Faulkner University’s online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program gives you the flexibility and opportunity to complete your studies anytime, anywhere.

New students are accepted into Faulkner University’s online M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction program every 5 weeks. Students will take one class at a time. Students are required to take the following 11 courses for a total of 30 credits.

*The College of Education welcomes transfer students from other regionally accredited institutions. No more than six (6) hours may be transferred from another university and accepted toward a Master of Education degree. All professional transfer courses are subject to approval by the ALSDE. A student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours through Faulkner University.

Some courses in the graduate program require students to complete field experiences. All field experiences are designed to be community based, service oriented, and to help candidates develop the content, professional, and pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for effective classroom teachers. Field experiences can be completed in your own classroom if you are currently teaching. If a candidate is not currently teaching, students should contact the College of Education office to receive information on securing a placement compliant with program requirements.


FED 6322 Curriculum Design and Instructional Methods (3 credit hours)
Concepts of evaluation by traditional and nontraditional methods. An emphasis on building assessments through curriculum planning, setting of instructional objectives, proper test construction, and analysis of scores yielded through assessment techniques.

FED 6330 Assessment for Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)
Tests and assessments are an essential part of the instructional process. When properly done, they cannot only effectively evaluate but also enhance students’ learning and teachers’ instruction. When poorly done, they can confuse and alienate students, distort the curriculum, and hinder good instruction. Test scores and grades sometimes affect “high-stakes” decisions about students, prompting intense concern that they be accurate and fair. This course examines how to effectively use assessment for learning in classrooms today.

FED 6345 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of the needs and issues that impact students who are at risk. Participants will gain differentiated skills necessary in teaching students with disabilities, students of poverty, students learning beyond grade level, and English language learners.

FED 6349 Advanced Classroom Management (3 credit hours)
A study of classroom management techniques with an emphasis on relationships with students, parents, paraprofessionals, administration, and the community. Management planning and classroom success skills are emphasized.

PY 6325 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credit hours)
An overview of current learning theory and the relation to classroom practice, the nature and needs of exceptional children with techniques for adapting classroom instruction to the needs of the individual child.

FED 6342 Multicultural Education (3 credit hours)
This course provides an overview of culture in school learning. Participants will examine culture and link students’ cultural and experiential backgrounds to classroom instruction.

FED 6380 Action Research (3 credit hours)
Overview of the nature of research on human development, learning, and pedagogical knowledge and skills. Topics include current trends and issues in education, skills in data collection and assessment, and application of research in educational settings.

FED 6350 Educational Technology (3 credit hours)
A course which focuses on the current and emerging uses of technology in the classroom, considering the different teaching and learning styles of the learner. Students must demonstrate skill in selection of software for the remediation of students and must be able to teach lessons using multimedia-authoring tools.

FED 6340 Legal Issues in Education (3 credit hours)
This course is designed for teachers, principals, superintendents, board members, and special education administrators. The course will deal extensively with federal/state laws and regulations and with administrative and civil court actions in the determination of the status of services to children with disabilities. The major emphasis will be on difficult policy issues and day-to-day professional decision-making dilemmas of current interest.

FED 6301 Ethics for Educators (3 credit hours)
A study of the historical, sociological, philosophical factors underlying present day American education. Emphasized is the study of related problems requiring educational adjustments in school and society.