University of Vermont

The Curriculum & Instruction Program


Advising Guide

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.


The 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. 

The Admissions Process

Application deadlines are three times per year:

October 1

Spring semester

February 1

Summer semester

April 1

Fall semester

Making contact with newly admitted graduate students

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. Alan Tinkler.  At this initial meeting, Dr. Tinkler will go over a program of study, lay out a preliminary course plan, and explain the C&I Program graduation requirements.

Desired outcomes of the initial advisement session

You and your advisee should develop a tentative Plan of Graduate Study.

Some common considerations about the "Plan of Graduate Study"

  1. 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.

  2. 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 fulfilled.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 Graduate College.

  6. 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 can be found at the Graduate College

  7. 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.

  8. 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 the University of Vermont Graduate Catalog.

Topics that often come up during advisement

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

The end of the program and the Oral Examination

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.

Conferral of Graduate Degrees

Degrees are conferred only in October, January and May of each year. Diplomas are issued in May.

Intent to Graduate Forms

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.

For more information:

C&I Program Support

Department of Education
University of Vermont
533 Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405


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