Master of Education - Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction

Master's Degree Program - 30-31 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.
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The online Master of Education - Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction master's degree program provides three tracks designed for working teachers seeking to advance their career in the classroom. Because classes are online for added convenience, now is the perfect time to complete a master’s in teaching.

Program Description:

Our online Master of Education program can equip student with the skills and knowledge needed to take the next step in academia, in Iowa and beyond, with three emphasis choices:

  • Effective teaching and instructional leadership
  • Talented and gifted education
  • Teaching English as a second language

BVU is a leader both in the number of education students who complete programs each year and in the success of our alumni. They are making a difference in classrooms across the state and the world.

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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Core (9 credit hours)

  • GEDU 510 Intro to Graduate Study & Research (required first course)
  • GEDU 512 Learning, Development & Motivation
  • GEDU 517 Leadership in a Changing Society and Culture

Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership Track (21 credit hours)

  • Equips you with the skills necessary to serve as an instructional leader among your peers
  • Gives you the knowledge necessary for data driven leadership
  • Enables you to put your learning into practice in the classroom right away
  • GEDU 518 Assessment & Evaluation of Classroom Learning
  • GECI 501 Effective Coaching and Instructional Design
  • GECI 502 Cognition and Instruction: Research Based Instructional Strategies
  • GECI 503 Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • GECI 504 Instructional Leadership and Professional Development
  • GECI 505 Collaborating with Home, School & Community Partners
  • GEDU 591 Capstone Portfolio: Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership

Teaching English as a Second Language Track (22 Credit Hours)

  • Prepares you to teach English as a second language in both public and private K-12 educational settings
  • Gives you knowledge of second language acquisition, assessment procedures, and techniques
  • Designed to allow you to effectively address the academic and social challenges presented by an increasingly diverse population of students.
  • GEDU 518 Assessment & Evaluation of Classroom Learning
  • GECI 541 Second Language Acquisition for Classroom Teachers
  • GECI 542 Applied Linguistics
  • GECI 543 Methods and Curriculum Development in TESL
  • GECI 503 Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • GECI 544 Assessment Issues in Second Language Learning
  • GECI 558/9 Practicum in Teaching ESL (K-6) or (7-12)
  • GEDU 592 Capstone Portfolio: Teaching English as a Second Language

Talented and Gifted Education Track (21 credit hours)

  • Equips you with the knowledge base for effectively serving learners who have been identified as talented and gifted
  • Prepares you with best practice models of teaching talented and gifted learners
  • Gives you the knowledge and skills to serve administrate and supervise talented and gifted program
  • GEDU 518 Assessment & Evaluation of Classroom Learning
  • GECI 506 Psychology of the Gifted
  • GECI 507 Gifted Education Programming
  • GECI 508 Action Research and Practicum in Gifted Education
  • GECI 509 Administration and Supervision in Gifted Education
  • GECI 510 Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners

Talented and Gifted Electives (choose one)

  • GECI 511 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Gifted Education
  • GECI 512 Creativity
  • GECI 513 Thinking Skills for Gifted Learners
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Track
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Teaching English as a Second Language Track (22 Credit Hours)

  • Prepares you to teach English as a second language in both public and private K-12 educational settings
  • Gives you knowledge of second language acquisition, assessment procedures, and techniques
  • Designed to allow you to effectively address the academic and social challenges presented by an increasingly diverse population of students.
  • GEDU 518 Assessment & Evaluation of Classroom Learning
  • GECI 541 Second Language Acquisition for Classroom Teachers
  • GECI 542 Applied Linguistics
  • GECI 543 Methods and Curriculum Development in TESL
  • GECI 503 Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • GECI 544 Assessment Issues in Second Language Learning
  • GECI 558/9 Practicum in Teaching ESL (K-6) or (7-12)
  • GEDU 592 Capstone Portfolio: Teaching English as a Second Language
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Track
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Talented and Gifted Education Track (21 credit hours)

  • Equips you with the knowledge base for effectively serving learners who have been identified as talented and gifted
  • Prepares you with best practice models of teaching talented and gifted learners
  • Gives you the knowledge and skills to serve administrate and supervise talented and gifted program
  • GEDU 518 Assessment & Evaluation of Classroom Learning
  • GECI 506 Psychology of the Gifted
  • GECI 507 Gifted Education Programming
  • GECI 508 Action Research and Practicum in Gifted Education
  • GECI 509 Administration and Supervision in Gifted Education
  • GECI 510 Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners

Talented and Gifted Electives (choose one)

  • GECI 511 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Gifted Education
  • GECI 512 Creativity
  • GECI 513 Thinking Skills for Gifted Learners
Instructional Leadership Track
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Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership Track (21 credit hours)

  • Equips you with the skills necessary to serve as an instructional leader among your peers
  • Gives you the knowledge necessary for data driven leadership
  • Enables you to put your learning into practice in the classroom right away
  • GEDU 518 Assessment & Evaluation of Classroom Learning
  • GECI 501 Effective Coaching and Instructional Design
  • GECI 502 Cognition and Instruction: Research Based Instructional Strategies
  • GECI 503 Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • GECI 504 Instructional Leadership and Professional Development
  • GECI 505 Collaborating with Home, School & Community Partners
  • GEDU 591 Capstone Portfolio: Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership
Admissions criteria for the Master of Education - Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction program
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
    Applicants who cannot meet this requirement may be considered for probationary admission status and may enroll in up to nine hours of graduate study at BVU. These applicants will be reviewed at that time and pending successful completion of these nine hours (at least a "B" in each course), may be granted full status.
  • Copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.
Admissions process for the Master of Education - Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction program
  1. Submission of the online application form, including autobiographical essay.
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  2. Three letters of recommendation. One from your principal, one from a colleague, and another from a reference of your choosing.
  3. Official paper transcripts, from any institution attended as well as any graduate transcripts, sent directly to:

    Graduate Programs
    Buena Vista University
    610 W. 4th Street
    Storm Lake, IA 50588
  4. Provide a copy of a valid K-12 teaching certificate or license.
Please contact the Graduate office at 712.749.2162 or grad@bvu.edu with any questions.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Federal Teach Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students must meet all eligibility requirements.

Get full details on the TEACH Grant and learn how to apply

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet) Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java (Java.com). Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).

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