Curriculum and Instruction

Admission Requirements | Program Requirements | Graduation Requirements

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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for licensed teachers. The program is individualized to meet teachers’ personal professional goals. In Reflective Teaching, teachers define their goals and assess their current level of competence. In addition, the program is aligned with the National Board Certification. Requirements for the degree include a minimum of 36 hours and culminate in a lab digital portfolio. Students must satisfy graduation requirements stated in the Academic Regulations section of the Graduate Bulletin and programs found in the College of Education section. The university reserves the right to modify policies and programs of study by supplying students with written notices of changes.


Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale), or
  • Grade point average of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, or
  • Grade point average of 3.0 in the content major, or
  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Hold or be qualified to hold a valid teaching license
Conditional Admission
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no lower than 2.5; and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of at least 144 on the Verbal Scale, 141 on the Quantitative Scale, and 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Scale, or
  • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of graduate course work in another UALR graduate program or graduate program from another regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a B.

Program Requirements

Professional Education Requirements (12 hours)

TCED 7303 Reflective Teaching
EDFN 7303 Intro to Research in Education (or approved discipline-based educational research course)
SCED 7304 Action Research Project
TCED 7301 Curriculum: History and Issues

Competence Requirements (12 – 15 hours)

Candidates are required to demonstrate competence in the areas listed below:

  • Competence to students and their learning (three); EDFN 7313 or EDFN 7330
  • Mastery of content and content pedagogy: see concentration
  • Managing and monitoring student learning (six): EDFN 7370 and TCED 7350 Integrating Technology in PK-12 Education
Required Concentration(s) (12 hours)

Candidates are required to complete a concentration of at least 12 hours in a content area, an area of education, or in an approved interdisciplinary area.


Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in an approved program of study of at least 36 hours as outlined above
  • Portfolio presentation