Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction – National Board Certification PreK-12 Online

Empower yourself with the tools to make a positive impact on student learning as a highly qualified educator in public and private school settings. This affordable and accredited online program from Emporia State University is designed to prepare you for the review process to become a National Board Certified Teacher.

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Program Overview

Learn why our online MS C&I – National Board Certification PreK-12 program stands out

Empower yourself with the tools to maximize student learning as a highly qualified educator in public and private school settings. The Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) – National Board Certification PreK-12 online at Emporia State University prepares you for the review process to become a National Board Certified Teacher.

In the online coursework, you will receive guidance on developing your portfolio and organizing supportive professional documentation, as designed and required by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards® (NBPTS). You'll also explore practical application of data, trends and innovations in contemporary teaching strategies to effectively educate students of all backgrounds.

Core courses include Curriculum Leadership: Models and Strategies; Cultural Influences and Educational Practices; Supporting Technology Integration for School Leaders; Developing Authentic Assessments, and more.

Please note this program does not lead to obtaining a teaching license.

In this online MS C&I – National Board Certification program, you will:

  • Prepare for the rigorous process of receiving National Board Certification as recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards® (NBPTS)
  • Learn to design and implement curriculum for grades PreK-12
  • Apply course material to improve critical thinking and problem solving as well as decisions related to evaluating and producing curriculum for national, state and local levels
  • Gain practical understanding of fundamental principles, generalizations, and theories of curriculum leadership, curriculum models, and educational research
  • Develop and hone leadership skills in the area of technology integration and its partnership with curriculum reform
  • Prepare for the rigorous process of receiving National Board Certification as recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards® (NBPTS)
  • Learn to design and implement curriculum for grades PreK-12
  • Apply course material to improve critical thinking and problem solving as well as decisions related to evaluating and producing curriculum for national, state and local levels
  • Gain practical understanding of fundamental principles, generalizations, and theories of curriculum leadership, curriculum models, and educational research
  • Develop and hone leadership skills in the area of technology integration and its partnership with curriculum reform

This online program prepares you for roles such as:

  • National Board Certified Teacher Leader
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Instructional Specialist
  • Curriculum and Instruction Director
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • National Board Certified Teacher Leader
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Instructional Specialist
  • Curriculum and Instruction Director
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Curriculum Specialist

Dual-Degree Option: Accelerated online MS in Curriculum & Instruction + MS in Educational Administration

Emporia State University offers you an opportunity to complete both your Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction and Master of Science in Educational Administration accelerated online programs together, saving you time and tuition compared to completing these programs separately.

When completed together at ESU, the dual-degree option shares a maximum of 15 credit hours.

This option is ideal for if you are:

  • Interested in pursuing the Educational Administration program, but do not have the minimum required teaching experience (3 years per KSDE) to start that program. You can begin the C&I program without experience and work to add professional experience for the Ed Admin while completing your C&I.
  • A working educator who wants to earn your MS in C&I degree while also completing nearly half of the coursework requirements for the Ed Admin program.
  • An educator who wants to become an administrator and also add to your marketability with an advanced degree in curriculum and instruction.

As a dual-degree student, scheduling and pacing of coursework is up to you, but we recommend that you complete your MS in Curriculum & Instruction first, then continue with the remaining coursework for the Ed Admin program. If you pursue the dual-degree option, you will likely find that the C&I concentrations in Curriculum Leadership or Instructional Coach are most relevant to MS in Educational Administration coursework.

Note: As a dual-degree student, you can return at any time for the second program, provided all coursework is completed within a 7-year time frame (starting with the first dual course applied towards the second degree), per university policy.

For more information on the accelerated online dual-degree option, please contact the program’s academic advisor, Megan O’Brien, via email (preferred) at [email protected] or via phone at (620) 341-5091.

Emporia State University offers you an opportunity to complete both your Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction and Master of Science in Educational Administration accelerated online programs together, saving you time and tuition compared to completing these programs separately.

When completed together at ESU, the dual-degree option shares a maximum of 15 credit hours.

This option is ideal for if you are:

  • Interested in pursuing the Educational Administration program, but do not have the minimum required teaching experience (3 years per KSDE) to start that program. You can begin the C&I program without experience and work to add professional experience for the Ed Admin while completing your C&I.
  • A working educator who wants to earn your MS in C&I degree while also completing nearly half of the coursework requirements for the Ed Admin program.
  • An educator who wants to become an administrator and also add to your marketability with an advanced degree in curriculum and instruction.

As a dual-degree student, scheduling and pacing of coursework is up to you, but we recommend that you complete your MS in Curriculum & Instruction first, then continue with the remaining coursework for the Ed Admin program. If you pursue the dual-degree option, you will likely find that the C&I concentrations in Curriculum Leadership or Instructional Coach are most relevant to MS in Educational Administration coursework.

Note: As a dual-degree student, you can return at any time for the second program, provided all coursework is completed within a 7-year time frame (starting with the first dual course applied towards the second degree), per university policy.

For more information on the accelerated online dual-degree option, please contact the program’s academic advisor, Megan O’Brien, via email (preferred) at [email protected] or via phone at (620) 341-5091.

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$10,956* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
33 Credit Hours

Accreditation

The Teachers College at Emporia State is accredited under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards through the CAEP accreditation system, for a period of seven years.

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Tuition

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Tuition for the MS in Curriculum & Instruction – National Board Certification PreK-12 online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees for the MS program are included. However, additional fees specific to the National Board process will apply. For more details please contact the NBC administrator: Alvin Peters at 620-341-6788 or [email protected]

Tuition breakdown:

$10,956* Total Tuition
$332 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

Know the schedule for our online education program

The MS in Curriculum & Instruction – National Board Certification PreK-12 program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

7 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Spring 2024, Session II3/18/243/4/243/7/243/11/243/14/24
Summer 2024, Session I5/13/244/29/245/2/245/6/245/9/24
Summer 2024, Session II7/1/246/17/246/20/246/24/246/27/24
Fall 2024, Session I8/19/248/5/248/8/248/12/248/15/24
Fall 2024, Session II10/15/2410/1/2410/4/2410/8/2410/11/24

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4/29/24 Apply Date
5/13/24 Class Starts

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Admissions

Find your fit in our online degree

Your journey begins here! The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree. Be sure to get familiar with these requirements to enroll in the MS in Curriculum & Instruction – National Board Certification PreK-12 online program.

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

MS in Curriculum & Instruction – National Board Certification PreK-12 Online Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours of study or an overall GPA average of no less than a 3.0 for a completed master's degree.
  • No GRE, teaching license or experience required for the MS program. However, National Board Certification will require both a teaching license and teaching experience. It is strongly encouraged that students submit a copy of their teaching license by the admissions document deadline and required no later than the first day of class. Students that do not submit a copy by first day of class could potentially be dropped from all classes. The teaching license can be uploaded to the Graduate Application Portal or emailed to [email protected].
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be submitted via a secure electronic service offered by the issuing institution to [email protected] or by selecting Emporia State University on the transcript request form, mailed (or overnighted) to:
Emporia State University
Graduate School
Room 313 Plumb Hall
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

Students who have obtained a degree from a foreign university/college must have a transcript evaluation from a recommended external source that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). Students will not be allowed to enroll until the evaluation has been received in the Graduate School.

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Courses

Take a look at the online master's in curriculum and instruction classes

The MS in Curriculum & Instruction – National Board Certification PreK-12 online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (33 credit hours), including 24 credit hours of core courses and nine credit hours of National Board Certification Area of Concentration courses.

You must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to prepare school leaders (teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, etc.) for the integration and application of diverse educational technologies into classrooms and schools in ways that reflect a theoretical, research-based and practical understanding of curriculum development and the effective uses of technology. Course content explores practical ways to integrate technology into both teaching and learning as well as the critical importance of adequate training and professional development for successful integration
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students completing this course will, as current or future educational leaders, explain and work effectively with the design and management of academic programs, grades Pre-K-12. They will interpret past, current and emerging curriculum initiatives and describe their intended impact on school curricula, teachers and students. Students will also explain and demonstrate in simulated settings processes for creating, implementing and managing local academic programs in the context of those reform initiatives. Students will be asked to apply their knowledge in four projects which gauge how students can successfully apply what they have learned in a variety of curriculum-related settings.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course, differing values and issues in education are addressed, as are the philosophical, historical and social forces that create the issues. Students will be challenged to investigate the historical and cultural antecedents of modern education. They will also examine their own belief systems with regard to the institution of education and to the role and function of the teacher and school leader.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to prepare students to effectively educate culturally, ethnically, racially different, and differently abled students. Major components are: to explore personal biases and methods of overcoming them; explore the basic principles underlying multicultural education and to develop appropriate strategies for teaching, leading, and other functions of the school and its community.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will examine classroom and instructional organization practices that promote effective teaching, student learning, and applications of that learning and student engagement. Students through the course will examine a variety of teaching structures, assessing their potential impact on learning, and will develop a teaching and learning template applicable to their content areas and classroom management and teaching styles.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on authentic assessment as a means of equitable student evaluation. Students will differentiate assessment, evaluation, grading and reporting. Approaches to assessment products, performances, processes, tests, and student self-reflection and self-evaluation are explored in this course. Through triangulation, students will create a balanced assessment plan for one course they teach. Participants will create rubrics for one summative assessment and observation instruments for use in evaluating processes. Students may choose to create instructions for portfolio assessment.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is an introductory graduate-level course in research methodology designed to allow the student to function as a knowledgeable and critical consumer of scholarly research in his/her field. The course will also emphasize the use of action research for program improvement.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The purpose of this course is to provide the opportunity for the candidate to develop and demonstrate his/her abilities as a teacher-leader in one or more areas to be selected in collaboration with the university advisor and the practicum field supervisor from among topics including leadership in curriculum development and assessment development, leadership in faculty development, site-based council management, and leadership on school building leadership teams. Student must complete majority of C&I program prior to practicum start date.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide teachers with the basic requirements for portfolio development as designed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Students will have an opportunity to review and study the current portfolio manuals and standards documents in their respective disciplines/developmental levels as well as other relevant publications from the NBPTS. Students will also receive guidance and consultation that will be helpful in gathering and organizing the supportive professional documentation required for the NBPTS assessment procedures.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is for teachers who are candidates for advanced certification as designed by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The course provides professional support and guidance for teachers during the academic year they are completing the components of the NBPTS process relating to differentiation of instruction and the written center exercises.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This foundational course in professional development will provide educators an introduction to knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and aspirations that a Teacher Leader will use in designing, facilitating, implementing and assessing high-quality professional development. Additionally, principles and practices to leading adult learners will be integrated throughout the course.

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