Curriculum & Instruction


Undergraduate Degrees

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education major prepares students to teach in diverse and inclusive environments, including homes, schools, and other community settings which serve children from birth to age eight and their families. Graduates will know how to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum in a variety of settings that promote positive learning outcomes for each child.

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Elementary Education

An Elementary Education major provides experiences with students 1st through 8th grades. Teachers will be skilled in teaching Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math and will have knowledge of Art, Music and Physical Education concepts as well. This degree will enable graduates to be highly effective teachers in elementary classrooms.

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Special Education - Mild/Moderate

Teacher candidates earning a Special Education degree learn effective strategies to teach students with varying disabilities on all different levels. Teachers will be skilled in all core content areas. This unique major will allow teacher candidates to be highly qualified in both Special Education and Elementary Education enabling them to be more marketable as highly qualified teachers in schools.

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Undergraduate Minor

American Sign Language Studies Minor

Northeastern State University’s American Sign Language Studies Minor is a complement to any major degree whether you are interested in working in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community directly or have an interest in making your own field or community more accessible to the approximate 13% of Americans who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.1

The foundation of the program is both language and culture based and is presented by means of a total immersion approach. Students are introduced to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community and are encouraged to become active participants.

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1 and the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium for 2013, in Table 1.8, covering working-age civilians, ages 18-64.

Graduate Degrees

For those interested in working as Early Childhood teachers, Reading Specialists, or as Special Education teachers, our graduate programs are designed for completion in the evenings and through various delivery systems including weekend and online to accommodate full time working professionals. Candidates for the Reading Specialist degree complete a variety of clinical experiences including work in NSU's Reading Clinic and work in K-12 classrooms. The Special Education - ASD program provides teachers with the knowledge and skills to sustain a culture of learning for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and all other disabilities.

Early Childhood Degree

The purpose of the Master of Education in Early Childhood is designed to develop highly competent teachers and others who are dedicated to providing educational leadership in the field of early childhood. Effective instruction, curriculum development and assessment within an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Early Childhood, Reading and Special Education are emphasized. Courses encourage candidates to use current theory and research to make decisions about effective practice.

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Reading Specialist Degree

The purpose of the Master of Education in Reading is designed to facilitate classroom teachers’ in-depth understanding of the reading process and their knowledge of how children learn to read and write. The major emphasis is on effective instruction, curriculum development and assessment within an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Teaching, Early Childhood, and Special Education. The program is designed to meet all of the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) competencies for classroom teachers, reading teachers, reading consultants, and reading supervisors. Students may elect to take the state certification test for Reading Specialists upon completion of their master’s degree.

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Special Education -- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This program aligns with NSU's focused mission of "empower[ing] individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery." In like manner, this program empowers teachers to sustain a culture of learning for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and all other disabilities. One in every 68 school-aged children have been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); an increase from one in 88 from just a few years ago (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). The goal of this program is to prepare teachers to effectively educate students with ASD and other disabilities. The program includes three components: professional education, special education, and enrichment courses. These three components lead to a final culminating capstone experience.

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Additional Information

For more information, contact the department chair.

Department Chair: Dr. Meagan Moreland, 918-444-3710
Department Secretary: Brandon Wells, 918-444-3737

Program Chairs

Early Childhood: Dr. Anita Ede, 918-449-6523.
Elementary: Dr. Sherry Been, 918-449-6586.
Reading: Dr. Ingrid Massey, 918-444-3776.
Special Education: Ms. Jarilyn Haney, 918-444-3786.

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