UVM's Master's Degree program in Curriculum and Instruction program offers a variety of specializations (course sequences) to suit your professional goals and interests. You can choose one or more specialization in consultation with your program advisor. For your convenience, we offer coursework during the fall, spring and summer. Many classes are online or hybrid format, and some course sequences are entirely online.

Specializations (Course Sequences)

Educational Technology

Specialization Description

All 6 courses (18 credits) are available online. Our Educational Technology course sequence supports the transcript review process for the Educational Technology Specialist Endorsement in Vermont schools for educators who are licensed to teach in the state. Coursework aligns with ISTE standards and Vermont's newly adopted technology standards.

Program of Study

EDFS 320 Technology, Schooling, and Society (online)
Explore the influences of technology on schooling and society in this online course. Using sociological, historical, and philosophical frameworks, you will consider ways that the proliferation and use of information technologies present challenges and opportunities for teachers, learners, and community members. With a particular focus on changing roles due to information access, the course examines issues of equity, cultural diversity, student empowerment, community relationships, and the transformation of traditional schooling practices. (SUMMER or SPRING)

EDCI 321 Learning Theory, Instructional Design and Technology (online)
Explore learning-theory research and its application toward technology-enriched standards-based units of study. Students will study different theories such as constructivism, multiple intelligences, brain-based learning and other research related to how people learn. Participants will learn how technology applications can be used to create learning environments that strengthen 21st-century problem-solving skills, and encourage communication, collaboration, and reflection. Using the instructional design strategies explored in this course, participants will develop a standards-based unit of study that strategically integrates technology and meets 21st-century skills along with national and state educational technology standards and assessments. (SUMMER)

EDCI 322 UDL and Differentiated Instruction with Technology (online)
Explore how technologies can support learner-centered strategies that address the diverse needs of students. With an emphasis on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiating instruction to ensure appropriate educational opportunities for all learners, this course investigates the use of adaptive and assistive technologies. (FALL)

EDCI 323 Amplifying Inquiry and Project-Based Learning with Technology (online)
This course provides student-centered, active learning experiences using technology resources and tools to promote questioning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Explore and learn about technology resources and tools that support problem-based, project-based, and inquiry-based learning in all disciplines and design a project-based or inquiry-based activity with assessments for the students (or educators) they teach. (FALL)

EDCI 324 Current Topics in Assessment and Technology (online)
Explore current topics of assessment and technology for PreK-12 educators, including many tenets of proficiency-based learning. Examine different forms of assessment and methods for integrating technology into assessment practice, as well as exploring and evaluating a variety of digital tools for summative and formative assessment. Interact as an online community, modeling how feedback and reflection play an integral part in the assessment process and will also maintain a digital portfolio for the class. As a final project, you will create a unit of study, incorporating learning targets developed from the ISTE standards and other content standards, integrating digital tools for assessment, and demonstrating mastery of other course objectives. (SUMMER or SPRING)

EDCI 325 Coaching and Leading Technology Innovation in Schools (online)
This online course targets teachers interested in coaching and leading technology-rich innovation in today's schools.  At the school and district level, you will plan and implement technology-rich innovation strategies, and develop and disseminate professional development in local, regional, and global venues. Coursework involves troubleshooting of hardware, software, and cloud-based systems, as well as web-based authoring and programming tools. Explore the roles that teacher leaders and coaches inhabit, and how these roles can energize other classroom teachers and build a community of active participants in innovative, technology-rich programs. You will also study the means to foster leadership in the planning and development of goals for their school technology needs. (SPRING)

To learn more about the Educational Technology course sequence, visit the UVM Continuing and Distance Education web page.

Library Media Science (School Library Media Specialist)

Specialization Description

This series of courses (online and on campus) allows you to gain licensure as a school library media specialist. Content of the coursework addresses the essential competencies required by the State of Vermont. Upon completion of the series, qualified individuals may request a transcript review by the Vermont Agency of Education.

While the sequence originated with practicing educators in mind, it is by no means aimed exclusively at teachers. Those who need to gain particular competencies are welcome to take individual courses. For licensed school library media specialists, courses in the sequence may serve as an important resource for professional development or recertification credits.

Program of Study

Odd Year

EDLI 372 Managing School Library Media Centers
This course examines the foundational principles and issues of school librarianship, such as intellectual freedom, equity, and access. You will prepare for organizing and operating a school library media center, with emphasis on the development of policies and procedures, budget preparation, facility design, personnel administration, and public relations with school and community. (FALL)

EDLI 373 Developing and Organizing School Library Media Center Collections
Explore fundamental concepts for developing and organizing School Library Media Center collections in this course. Equity of access to information resources is a guiding principle that drives collection development, with emphasis on evaluation, selection, and acquisition of resources appropriate for students, staff, and other patrons in 21st Century schools. (SPRING)

EDLI 377 Information Technologies for School Library Media Centers
Through this course, you will focus attention on the diverse aspects of using, promoting, and planning for the effective integration of technology in contemporary school library media centers. Explore four themes: becoming a competent and confident user of technology, working in the technology-rich school library, understanding and supporting learning through technology integration, and the role of the school library media specialist as a technology leader in the school. (SUMMER)

Even Year

EDLI 376 Information Sources and Services for School Library Media Centers
This hybrid course focuses on the librarian’s roles in selecting print, non-print, and digital reference materials for the library media center, both in traditional and virtual collections, and also in providing reference services for the school community. As information specialists, school library media specialists gather resources for student-centered learning that provide equity of access to a variety of information. (FALL)

EDLI 374 Designing Instruction for School Library Media Centers
In this hybrid course, you will examine the school librarian’s role as teacher and instructional collaborator, with an emphasis on curriculum design, inquiry learning, and information literacy standards as outlined in the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner. (SPRING)

EDLI 200 Children’s and Young Adult Literature
This course is designed as a survey of the context and the literary merit of children’s (CH) and young adult (YA) literature, that is, books written for and read by readers from ages K-17. The focus will be on literature that is interesting, well written, and diverse in its genre, format, characters, cultures represented, and readers to whom it appeals. The class will emphasize two strands: reading and teaching. (SUMMER)

To learn more about the Library Media course sequence, please visit the UVM Continuing and Distance Education web page.

Reading and Literacy

Specialization Description

We offer courses (online and on campus) during the fall, spring and summer. You will work with your faculty advisor to plan program requirements.

The 24 credit hours in Reading and Literacy courses includes 6 credit hours of clinical practicum. Individuals who enter the program without previous coursework in Reading and Literacy, and who plan to seek the Reading Specialist endorsement, should plan to take a 36 credit-hour M.Ed. program.

Program of Study

EDLT 222 Cultivating Children’s Literacy in the Elementary and Middle School
This course focuses on current research and best practice related to the development of strategic, motivated, and independent readers and writers. Though the course is influenced by the Common Core State Standards, it is through the lens of poverty that the components of literacy and teaching literacy are studied, emphasizing the joint study of reading and writing in collaborative environments.

EDLT 236 Multicultural Children’s Literature
Through this course, you will further develop your understanding of the role that children’s literature can play in multicultural and social justice education. We will read widely from authors of high-quality multicultural literature, evaluate multicultural texts/resources for use in our classrooms, and develop lesson plans and activities using high-quality examples of multicultural literature. To address the needs and interests of education students at various stages of their career, this course incorporates a personalized learning component, delivered through a hybrid course format (4 sessions face-to-face and the rest online). Due to its flexibility, this course is open to practicing teachers, Master’s degree students, and undergraduate students.

EDLT 375 Literacy Assessment: Understanding Individual Differences
Learn to identify, evaluate, and document literacy development, with an emphasis on assessment and instruction for disabled readers and at-risk students. In contrast to older courses in diagnosis, which emphasize dysfunction and deficits, this course focuses on designing and using assessment strategies to improve and adapt instruction. Both alternative assessment processes and normative tools will be examined. The influences of materials and methods and the role of cultural diversity in school learning will be explored and utilized to plan interactive assessment-instruction strategies in the classroom or clinical settings.

EDLT 376 Clinical and Tutorial Approaches for Literacy Intervention
This 6-credit supervised clinical practicum is an opportunity for you to implement your knowledge of literacy research and practice, as well as your broader knowledge of education and learning in an intensive teaching context. An important part of your work will be to demonstrate an understanding of the cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity of the children with whom we work as you plan and make recommendations to parents and school. You will be asked to use and explain research-based teaching strategies as you collaborate daily with your colleagues to help each of them develop the best research-based instructional program for each of their children. You will work with two children experiencing difficulty in literacy learning. The selected children will "stretch" your skills in a variety of ways, including working with children at an age level with which you are less familiar.

EDLT 385 Critical Issues in Language and Literacy
This hybrid course is designed to provide experienced literacy educators with knowledge and expertise related to critical issues in language and literacy acquisition and the implications for students, teachers, educational systems, and parents. Participants will read broadly from contemporary research to learn about various contexts and their influence on language and literacy acquisition, including: socio-cultural, linguistic, and the influence of learning English as a second language. We will closely examine implications from contemporary research and practice for instruction, assessment, and policy. Participants will apply knowledge of research and practice through collaborative action research and the development and implementation of professional development.

Please contact us at crclmins@uvm.edu or 802-656-1410 to learn more.

Curriculum Leadership

We offer courses (online and on campus) during the fall, spring and summer. Specific program requirements are planned in collaboration with your program advisor. Choose 6 courses from the list below:

  • EDLP 380  Inequality
  • EDCI 321  Learning Theory and Technology
  • EDCI 363  Professional Learning in Organizations
  • EDFS 377  Seminar in Educational Psychology
  • EDLP 336  Curriculum Management in Education and Social Service Organization
  • EDLP 320  Collaborative Consultation
  • EDLP 345  Data-Driven Decision Making
  • EDLP 300  Leading Learning Organization
  • EDLP 333  Education Finance and Policy
  • EDML 200  Flexible Pathways Middle Grades
  • EDCI 200  Theory and Practice of Personalized Learning Plans

You may also choose other approved classes that fit the theme of this focus area with the approval of your program advisor.

Please contact us at crclmins@uvm.edu or 802-656-1410 to learn more about this specialization.

Inclusive Educational Practices

We offer courses (online and on campus) during the fall, spring and summer. Specific program requirements are planned in collaboration with your program advisor. Choose 6 courses from the list below:

  • EDCI 200  Stress Society and the Brain
  • EDSP 295  Trauma Informed Teaching Practices
  • EDCI 322  UDL & Differentiated Instruction with Technology
  • EDLP 320  Collaborative Consultation
  • EDSP 200  Emotional Behavioral Needs in the General Classroom
  • EDML 200  Flexible Pathways Middle Grades
  • EDCI 200  Theory and Practice of Personalized Learning Plans
  • EDSP 224  Meeting the Instructional Needs of all Students
  • EDSP 274  Culture of Disability
  • EDFS 380  Development Ecology of Schools
  • EDLT 385  Critical Issues in Language and Literacy

You may also choose other approved classes that fit the theme of this focus area with the approval of your program advisor.

Please contact us at crclmins@uvm.edu or 802-656-1410 to learn more about this specialization.

Multicultural and Global Education

We offer courses (online and on campus) during the fall, spring and summer. Specific program requirements are planned in collaboration with your program advisor. Choose 6 courses from the list below:

  • EDLP 380  Inequality
  • EDFS 322  Technology, Schooling, and Society
  • EDSP 274  Culture of Disability
  • EDFS 255  School as a Social Institution
  • EDTE 202  Bilingual Education and Policy
  • EDTE 205  Family School and Community Collaborations
  • EDFS 322  Multicultural Education
  • EDFS 380  Development Ecology of Schools
  • EDLT 236  Multicultural Children’s Literature
  • EDSP 295  Azores: Comparative Education
  • EDFS 380  Education and Culture in New Zealand

You may also choose other approved classes that fit the theme of this focus area with the approval of your program advisor.

Please contact us at crclmins@uvm.edu or 802-656-1410 to learn more about this specialization.

Middle Level Education

Tapping into student engagement is an essential part of middle level education. As a participant in this specialization, you will enjoy innovative coursework offered through the Middle Grades Institute. Please contact us at crclmins@uvm.edu or 802-656-1410 to learn more.

Individually Designed

Select your sequence of courses in coordination with your program advisor. Please contact us at crclmins@uvm.edu or 802-656-1410 to learn more about this option.

Interested?

Please contact us at crclmins@uvm.edu or 802-656-1410 to learn more about the program and each course sequence (specialization).

UVM Graduate College

For prospective students seeking application information, please visit the Graduate College web site.