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									    Curriculum and

Master of Science in Education

             Wayne State College
      School of Education and Counseling
                1111 Main Street
               Wayne, NE 68787
                 (402) 375-7389

                               School of Education and Counseling
                                      Wayne State College

Welcome to Curriculum and Instruction, a graduate program of the
School of Education and Counseling at Wayne State College

This faculty-student handbook for Curriculum and Instruction is designed to assist faculty and
students in understanding the various components of the advanced degree program, Masters of
Science in Education—Curriculum and Instruction.

The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed primarily for K-12 teachers who wish to
remain in the classroom and combine a teaching enhancement program with educational
leadership and curriculum development skills. This is a 36-hour program.

There are 15 hours of Professional Education Core Courses, 15 hours chosen from one
Curriculum and Instruction Content Area Concentration, plus 6 hours chosen from Research
Application, Thesis, or Electives for a total of 36 hours.

Admission Requirements:
Admission to graduate studies in Curriculum and Instruction begins with the following procedure:

   1.   Contact the Office of Admissions at Wayne State College.
   2.   Submit an application for graduate studies.
   3.   Provide official transcripts to verify you bachelor degree.
   4.   Complete EDU 603 Professional Seminar (A one-hour course that is readily available
        every semester and every summer session. Check with the Registrar or the Office of
        Continuing Education for details.)

The following criteria must be met after the initial application:

   1.   Complete EDU 603 Professional Seminar.
   2.   Provide two letters of recommendation from individuals who have observed your
        effectiveness in professional work.
   3.   Have a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or above OR have completed 12 graduate hours at
        WSC with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
   4.   Meet approved aptitude levels on the following tests:
            Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
            Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
   5.   Highly recommended: currently hold or have held a valid teacher certificate. (The
        revocation of a certificate/license will terminate any progress toward a degree.)
   6.   Graduate from a regionally accredited college/university.
   7.   Complete the form/paperwork for the Program of Study.
   8.   Before completing 15 hours of course work, complete an interview with faculty from the
        Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
   9.   Approval of the Professional Progress Committee.
Admission Levels: Admission to Graduate Studies, Admission to the Program of Study,
Admission to Candidacy.

After a person has initially been admitted as a student to Wayne State College through the
Admissions Office, the student will then move through three levels of admission:

   1. Admission to Graduate Studies — this can be done immediately when a student registers
      with the Office of Admissions (fill out the form and send official transcripts to the Office of
   2. Admission to the Program of Study — this should be completed/met before the applicant
      has completed 15 hours of graduate coursework.
   3. Admission to Candidacy — Candidacy (considered a candidate for the degree) will not be
      approved until students have completed all Professional Education Core coursework (15
      hours) and all Content Area Concentration coursework (15 hours). In addition, only after
      students have achieved formal admission to Graduate Studies and formal admission to the
      Program of Study may they make application to Candidacy.

Your Student File and Records
Each student will receive a letter from Wayne State College indicating their admission status in
the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program AND the names of the assigned advisors. At
the same time, advisors will receive information about their new advisee. It is the responsibility of
the graduate student to make an appointment with their advisors as soon as possible to review
the contents of the student's file, to review the faculty/student handbook, and to begin the
checklist for their Graduate Student Folder. *Cohorts are assigned an overall advisor who
coordinates the advising process with the various content area concentrations. If you are a
member of a cohort, you are encouraged to work closely with your cohort and content area

Curriculum and Instruction Options
The Masters of Science in Education—Curriculum and Instruction offers the following Content
Area Concentration options:

Alternative Education
Art Education
Business Education
Communication Arts Education
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
English As A Second Language
Family and Consumer Science
Health/Physical Education
Industrial Technology
Mathematics Education
Music Education
Science Education
Social Sciences Education
Typical Program of Study:

MSE Curriculum and Instruction 36 hours

Professional Education Core Courses 15 hours
EDU 603 Professional Seminar ........................................................... 1
       626 Advanced Educational Psychology ...................................... 3
       627 Current Issue and Trends .................................................... 2
       650 Research Design .................................................................. 3
       658 Fundamentals of Curriculum Development K-12 ................ 3
       674 History/Philosophy of Education .......................................... 3
Content Area of Concentration 15 hours
Plus 6 hours from the following
EDU 629 Research Application ........................................................... 3-6
EDU 699 Thesis ................................................................................... 3-6
Electives (600 level or approval) ............................................................. 3-6

Content Area Courses:
Choose one Content Area Concentration
Alternative Education (15 hours)
EDU 636 Introduction to Alternative Education (3)
EDU 637 Program & Teaching Strategies for Atypical Populations (3)
EDU 638 Practicum for Alternative School Teachers (3)
Recommended Electives (6-9 hrs.)

Art Education (15 hours)
ART 540 History of Modern Art (3)
ART 560 Environmental Hazards of Safety in Education (3)
ART 600 Foundations and Curriculum Development in Art Education (3)
ART 610 Problems and Issues in Art Education (3)
ART 650 Advanced Problems in Studio (3)

Business Education (15 hours)
BUS 602 Issues in Business Education (3)
BUS 621 Seminar: Office Occupations Instruction (3)
BUS 622 Seminar: Basic Business Instruction (3)
BUS 630 Workshop: Business Education (1-3)
BUS 640 Research in Business Education (3)

Communication Arts Education (15 hours)
CNA 531 Play Production for Secondary Schools (3)
CNA 541 Communication and Rhetorical Theory (3)
CNA 548 Organizational Communication II (3)
CNA 589 Advising School Newspapers/Yearbooks (3)
CNA 596 Special Topics in Communication (3)
        (might include Organization Presentations, Communication and Leadership,
        Instructional Communication, Creative Dramatics for the Classroom, Public Relations)
CNA 617 Topics in Argumentation and Persuasion (3)
CNA 675 Intercultural Communication (3)
Educational Technology
EDU 609 Education Media and Technology (3)
EDU 682 Developing and Integrating Computer Applications
            in the Classroom (3)
EDU 685 Management of Educational Tech. (3)
Electives (6) Selected by advisement in appropriate technology classes

Elementary Education (15 hours)
EDU 600 Teaching Literacy through Literature (3)
EDU 604 Modes of Communication through the Language Arts (3)
EDU 612 Development of Societal Units from Families to Global Communities (3)
EDU 613 Scientific Research for Children (3)
EDU 614 Math Reasoning and Problem Solving in a Technological Society (3)

English As A Second Language (15 hours)
CNA 675 Intercultural Communication (3)
EDU 521 English as a Second Language: Curriculum Design & Assessment (3)
EDU 618 English as a Second Language: Methods and Assessments (3)
EDU 619 English as a Second Language K-12 Practicum
ENG 610 Studies in Linguistics (3)

(Supplemental Endorsement: This 15 hour option can be taken without
the 15 hour core for the purpose of an added endorsement to a teaching certificate; however, this
15-hour only option does requires an applicant
to have a valid teaching certificate.)

Music Education (18 hours)

6 hours from the following:
MUS 515 Choral Literature and Materials (3)
MUS 516 Instructional Literature and Materials (3)
MUS 524 Piano Pedagogy (3)
MUS 601 Advanced Choral Conducting (3)
MUS 602 Advanced instrumental Conducting

3 hours from the following:
MUS 503 Music of the Baroque and Classical Period (3)
MUS 504 Music of the Romantic Period
MUS 505 Music of the 20 Century 93)
MUS 610 Advanced Analysis (3)

4 hours selected from the following:
MUS 651 Organ (2)
MUS 653 Piano (2)
MUS 655 Voice (2)
MUS 657 Brass (2)
MUS 659 Woodwind (2)
MUS 661 Strings (2)
MUS 663 Percussion (2)
Plus electives (5)

Science Education (15-21 hours)
Must take at least one course in each of the following areas:
      Earth Science-EAS
Additional courses must be in the above areas including courses with a prefix of NAT

Social Sciences Education (15    hours)

15 hours of graduate level social sciences course work selected by advisement and requiring the
approval of the Dean of Natural and Social Sciences.

A Sample Program
Masters of Science in Education — Curriculum and Instruction
   Elementary Education

Professional Education Core Courses:
EDU 603 Professional Seminar (1)
      626 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
      627 Current Issue and Trends (2)
      650 Research Design (3)
      658 Fundamentals of Curriculum Development (3)
      674 History/Philosophy of Education (3)

Content Area Concentration: Elementary Education:
EDU 600 Teaching Literacy through Literature (3)
     604 Modes of Communication through the Language Arts (3)
     612 Development of Societal Units from Families to Global Communities (3)
     613 Scientific Research for Children (3)
     614 Math Reasoning and Problem Solving in a Technological Society (3)

6 hours of graduate level electives, approved by advisor and Graduate Dean

Transfer Credit
A maximum of 9 credit hours out-of state or 15 credit hours in-state (from another Nebraska State
College or University), subject to evaluation by the Dean of Graduate Studies, may be transferred
from another graduate institution and applied toward the MSE in Curriculum and Instruction. Only
transfer credit of "B" grade or better will be accepted. Credits earned through off-campus study
centers will be accepted in transfer providing the instructor's qualifications and course content are
appropriate. Credit which has been applied toward an earned degree from any college will NOT
be accepted for advanced studies for a master's degree at Wayne State College. Credit earned
through correspondence courses will NOT be accepted. Check the catalog for Curriculum and
Instruction or check with Dr. McCue.

Total Credits and Residency Requirement
A minimum of 36 credit hours must be completed. The last eight credit hours MUST be taken at
Wayne State College regardless of the options. At least 18 credit hours must be taken at Wayne
State College.

Courses taught off campus by resident graduate faculty of Wayne State College may be
considered as taken in residence. Other credit earned though off campus study centers (such as
the cohort settings in Columbus, Neligh, South Sioux City and West Point) may be accepted,
providing instructor qualifications and course content are appropriate.
Time Limit

All requirements for a graduate degree must be met within seven consecutive calendar
years. The period of graduate study will begin with the starting date of the session or semester
in which the student registered for the first course included in the program of study. In other
words, you have seven years from the first course on your transcript until the last course on your
transcript that will count toward your master’s degree.


The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework plus 6 credits for the
thesis. The topic of the thesis must be related to the chosen Content Area of Concentration.
The advisor will assign a thesis committee as soon as practical and will notify the Graduate
Office. See the WSC General and Graduate Catalog for further details regarding a Thesis or
Non-Thesis Option.


A file paper is defined as one acceptable graduate paper from any graduate class which meets
all three of the following criteria:

   1. a research paper that demonstrates knowledge of research and research skills
   2. a document that demonstrates depth of thought, competence and organization
   3. a paper that demonstrates writing proficiency at the graduate level.

Minimum requirements regarding the file paper for C & I graduate students are as follows: 15-20
pages of content; correct use of APA or MLA documentation; and a bibliography, reference page
or works cited page that reflects a broad awareness and understanding of research appropriate
for graduate study. (For example, a typical file paper for C & I would be 18 pages (double-
spaced) in length, use the APA style of documentation, and have 12 references—current journal
articles or books—listed as a Works Cited.)

Any graduate student choosing a non-thesis option to complete their program of study must work
closely with their advisor to develop the research/file paper, which, upon approval of the advisor,
will be filed with the Graduate Office and the appropriate School Office 28 calendar days prior to
the anticipated date of graduation. The paper filed must be an original copy, contain a signature
sheet, and be signed by the student, advisor, Dean, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

A final note: the journey of writing your file paper begins with your advisor! The responsibility of
the file paper is that of the graduate student; however, your advisor is the person who will guide
you through the process.

Comprehensive Examinations (Final Exams)
All candidates for graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction are required to pass a
comprehensive final examination. The candidate for the MSE in Curriculum and Instruction
should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the graduate knowledge base,
theme, and model; demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the content concentration area of
his/her choice; and demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the graduate education core courses.
The form of the exam (written, oral, portfolio, performance, or a combination thereof)            is
determined by the content area faculty.

Candidates for the MSE in Curriculum and Instruction must contact their advisors at the beginning
of their final semester of study to arrange and verify the time and place of the final exam.

Exit Portfolio

An Exit Portfolio is a final selection of artifacts that provides substantial evidence of the
candidate’s level of mastery related to the overall goals and outcomes of Curriculum and
Instruction, as well as the outcomes of the Content Area of Concentration. The Exit Portfolio will
be evaluated by faculty affiliated with the School of Education and faculty from the chosen area of
concentration. The candidate who chooses this option for their comprehensive exam is required
to formally present their Exit Portfolio as a part of the requirement for successful completion of
their MSE program in Curriculum and Instruction.

Students must file for the degree no later than the end of the second week of the semester in
which they intend to graduate. All requirements, except those related to courses in progress,
must have been met seven weeks prior to commencement.

Curriculum & Instruction
Advisors—Graduate Faculty
School of Education and Counseling

At the time of admission or during Professional Seminar, the Dean of Education will assign to the
student faculty advisors whose function is to help in selecting a program of study, render
guidance and support whenever possible, and represent the student in any matter pertinent to
his/her graduate program. The advisors will be members of the Curriculum and Instruction
interdepartmental/interdisciplinary graduate faculty. The advisors will be familiar with the courses
and procedures, maintain a file on each advisee and be available to the advisee through
appointments or office hours. Typically, advisors at WSC do more than sign documents; they act
as mentors who guide advisees through the graduate studies process.

Franklin Adams, Professor. B.S. Appalachian State University; M.A., Ed.S., Western Carolina
University; Ed.D., University of North Carolina. 1993

Barbara Black, Associate Professor. B.S.E., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.A.E., Wayne
State College; Ed.D., University of South Dakota.

Carolyn Linster, Professor. B.S. Morningside College; M.S.E., Wayne State College; Ed.D.
University of Northern Colorado.

Marilyn Mudge, Associate Professor. B.S. Oregon State University; M.S.E. Western Oregon
State College; Ed.D. University of South Dakota.

Karen Sweeney, Associate Professor. B.A., Mary Crest, Davenport, Ia; M.S. University of
Nebraska-Omaha; Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Robert Sweetland, Professor. B.A. Doane College; M.Ed. Ed.D. University of Nebraska.
*Because Curriculum & Instruction is inter-school and interdisciplinary, other graduate faculty
from the various Content Area Concentrations can and will be assigned as advisors to graduate
students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Curriculum & Instruction.

Curriculum and Instruction
Goals and Outcomes

Purpose and Rationale
The M.S.E. Curriculum and Instruction graduate degree offers a carefully designed, ordered
program of study that balances pedagogy and content knowledge to attain the highest
professional competence and leadership in the area of K-12 curriculum development and
effective classroom instruction for today's changing schools. The comprehensive design of this
masters program accommodates K-12 level educators with a breadth of understanding curricula
and educational issues/dilemmas faced by their districts. It empowers the educator through a
greater depth of content study and pedagogy. This rigorous model of our advanced (graduate)
program develops leadership competencies for tomorrow's schools. Completing this graduate
program meets the educational standards for the Professional Teaching Certificate.

The Masters of Science in Education—Curriculum and Instruction Program at Wayne State
College has three overall goals for its program of study:

1. To provide the candidate with knowledge and competence to promote, maintain, improve or
   modify our schools through inquiry, reflection and implementation.

2. To meet the specific needs of candidates in curriculum development, evaluation and effective
   classroom instruction.

3. To offer the candidate an opportunity to develop specialized skills as well as specializations.

   1.   The candidate will be a competent communicator who understands the intricacy of
        language development and the essential role language skills play in every subject area.
        This knowledge should underlie the educator's ability to develop and use the
        communication skills of writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking as they work
        within each discipline.

   2.   The candidate will demonstrate a knowledge of research, research skills and practical
        utilization of research information. In addition, the professional educator will
         use technology effectively and efficiently to conduct literature reviews, to formulate a
        research problem, to develop proposals, to participate in active research problems, and
        to understand and apply basic research tools of both quantitative and qualitative analysis.

    3. The candidate will be able to design, implement and assess curricula and instruction that
       reflects theory and knowledge of learning and development.

    4. The candidate will develop skills necessary for the analysis of curricular and educational
    5. The candidate will have a strong and dynamic content knowledge. This will provide a
       foundation for effective planning, teaching and evaluation in the specialized discipline.

    6. The candidate will be able to analyze, evaluate and discuss historical and contemporary
       research concerning curriculum and instruction.

    7. The candidate will be able to use technology in working with students and colleagues in
       the (1) delivery, development, and assessment of instruction; (2) problem solving; (3)
       school and classroom administration; (4) electronic information access and exchange;
       and (6) personal and professional productivity.

General Information

General Address:

Wayne State College
1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: (402) 375-7000

General Telephone Numbers:

1-800-228-9972         or   (402) 375-7000

Other offices with campus location
and telephone number:

Graduate Office
Hahn 201
(402) 375-7232

Division of Education
Brandenburg 136
(402) 375-7389

Curriculum and Instruction
Brandenburg 113
(402) 375-7273
email: bblack1@wsc.wsc.edu

Financial Aid Office
Hahn 202
(402) 375-7230

Office of Continuing Education
Hahn 211
(402) 375-7217

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