The Curriculum & Instruction Program
- The admissions process
- Making contact with newly admitted graduate students
- Desired outcomes of the initial advisement session
- Some common considerations about the "Plan of Graduate Study"
- Topics that often come up during advisement
- The end of the program and the Oral Examination
- Conferral of Graduate Degrees
- Intent to Graduate Forms
- For more information
This is a guide for faculty on the advisement process for graduate students admitted to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Program; all of this information may be shared with students.
OverviewThe M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction exists as a means for professional educators to engage in focused professional development for many years. As the M.Ed. is not a licensure endorsing program a student may wish to apply their C&I coursework to an endorsement through a state or other peer review process independently.
Once a student has been accepted, the Graduate College is notified. The Graduate College will then send out a formal letter of acceptance. Students must communicate in writing (postal card) to the UVM Graduate College that they accept enrollment. Please remind your advisee to take this action!
All new C&I students will be notified to meet with the Program Coordinator, Dr. Maureen Neumann. At this initial meeting, Dr. Neumann will go over a program of study, lay out a preliminary course plan, and explain the C&I Program graduation requirements.
You and your advisee should develop a tentative Plan of Graduate Study.
- Transfer Credit. Graduate College regulations stipulate a limit to the number of course credits that a student can transfer into the M.Ed. program to nine (9) credits. The advisor makes the call as to appropriateness of any courses that may be requested for transfer. All proposed transfer/validation of course requests must be approved by The Graduate College. Please do this soon after program acceptance so that courses can be approved and placed into the Plan of Graduate Study.
- Changing Plan of Study. Once a Plan of
Study is agreed to by you and your advisee, it may be
necessary to modify it based on the plan and course
availability. Any changes/substitutions are recorded on the
original Plan of Study. Before completion/examination, the
Graduate College staff will review the advisee's transcript to
ensure all program and the Graduate College requirements are
- Fulfilling Core Requirements. The following courses must be taken to fulfill the core requirement: One (1) Research Methods Course, One (1) Foundations Course, and One (1) Curriculum Theory Course.
- Maximum Time for Degree Completion. There is a window of time that can elapse between the first and last course taken in a Masters program. The completion limit is 5 years. Appeals can be made for exceptions.
- Leave of Absence. A leave of absence may be awarded for a period of up to one year. For specific requirements regarding the Leave of Absence Policy go to the The Graduate College forms and policies.
- Policy on Deactivation/Reactivation. Any student
who does not enroll following termination of a leave of
absence will be deactivated from the Graduate College and will
need to apply for reactivation. This policy and form can be
found at The
- Permission to take 100/200-Level Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit. This policy refers only to those 200-level courses listed in the undergraduate catalog and NOT listed in the Graduate College Catalogue. This policy and form can be located at The Graduate College.
- Continuous Graduate Registration.
Students who are actively working toward their degree
completion and have completed enrollment in all credits
required for the degree, but have not completed all graduation
requirements, must enroll each semester for Continuous
Registration and pay a flat $100 - $300 tuition fee for
Continuous Registration each semester until all degree
requirements are completed, including removing incomplete
grades, passing the comprehensive examination, or completing a
thesis or dissertation. For further information go to
of Vermont Catalogue.
- Masters Thesis. A thesis is not required
for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. If the optional
thesis is selected, it replaces two (2) courses for a total of
six (6) credits.
- Independent Study. We support a student
engaging in independent study if it is carefully designed,
monitored and reported. EDSS 397, Problems in Education,
(3 credits) serves as one vehicle for independent study and
can be the source of a presentation topic for the Oral
Examination at the end of the program. Today we find the
practice of action research a popular means to improve an
instructional practice at a graduate students school.
- Taking a course at a college or university other than UVM. Increasingly we encounter internet-based courses and quality assurance will be important for having them count in a UVM Graduate Student Program. Courses taken elsewhere are transfer credits and subject to the transfer rules.
A Final Oral Examination is required for all C & I ME.d. students. There is also a written component to the Oral exam. For further information on the Oral Exam Policy and pertinent dates, go to the C & I Oral Exam Policy.
Degrees are conferred only in October, January and May of each year. Diplomas are issued in May.
Students are responsible for submitting their "Intent to Graduate" forms to the Graduate College along with the proper payment. Students must also inform the Program Coordinator of their intentions. See the Graduate Checklist for more information.
C&I Program Support
Department of Education
University of Vermont
533 Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405
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