Elementary Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Certificate

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction provides a 12-hour graduate-level experience for educators, administrators, curriculum developers, school leaders, or community members who are interested in the elementary education. The program provides for the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and developing curriculum, and draws on research-based principles supported with current technology in exploring best practices in instruction. The certificate is designed to look at research, practices, and related issues relevant to teaching and learning in the PreK-8 environment. Through standards-based activities from various content areas, student will experience instructional methods and curriculum as they become prepared to be leaders in their schools.

Admission criteria

To be considered for the program, a student must submit a Graduate Application and have a 3.00 grade point average. Students who do not meet the normal admission requirements, but who show an indication of high promise, will be considered for probationary admission. Probationary conditions will be defined by the graduate program coordinator. Students in an Accelerated Master’s and postbaccalaureates are encouraged to consider this certificate. Admission to the certificate program does not constitute admission to any other Missouri State University graduate program.

Required courses – select 4 courses from the list below:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ELE 710

Elementary School Curriculum

3 hrs

ELE 721

Standard-based Integrated Curriculum, Learning and Teaching

3 hrs

ELE 722

Differentiated Instruction

3 hrs

ELE 713

Advanced Theory & Practice in Communication Arts

3 hrs

ELE 714

Advanced Theory & Practice in Social Studies

3 hrs

ELE 715

Advanced Theory & Practice in Math

3 hrs

ELE 716

Advanced Theory & Practice in Science

3 hrs

EEM 676

Topical Issues in Education

3 hrs

EEM 796

Problems in Education

3 hrs


Total (Minimum) 

12 hrs

Completion requirements

Courses must be completed with a 3.00 GPA for successful completion of certificate.