Master's Programs Assessment

Assessment Plan

Students will be surveyed upon completion of the program to assess their learning within each of the Master’s core courses. Individual specializations will assess their programs using exit interviews. The department will conduct a periodic evaluation of our courses to determine the effectiveness of meeting learning objectives based on student data. Also, the department will use data on the format of courses to make scheduling decisions about how often courses are offered in any particular format.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define, discuss, and apply a common vocabulary for curriculum development (TEAL 6150).
  2. Define, discuss, and apply a set of broad principles, processes, and practices that pertain to curriculum development (TEAL 6150).
  3. Analyze and explain how a combination of newly acquired curriculum knowledge, principles, and practices applies to my professional context (TEAL 6150).
  4. Increase the knowledge of the nature of scientific theories and how they inform classroom instruction (TEAL 6190).
  5. Increase the knowledge of major models of learning/instruction related to different theories (TEAL 6190).
  6. Develop a personal teaching philosophy based on educational theories (TEAL 6190).
  7. Gain a basic understanding of the subject matter in a Foundations of Education course, such as factual knowledge, methods, principles, generalizations and theories (TEAL 6410)
  8. Gain exposure to other cultures and develop a global understanding that informs my worldview as it pertains to me as an educator, a graduate student in a Foundations course, and citizen of the human race (TEAL 6410).
  9. Develop intellectual generosity and critical thinking skills by evaluating and analyzing ideas, arguments, and points of view regarding the cultural, social, and historical foundations of education (TEAL 6410).
  10. Develop a research question on a topic that was interesting or useful to me and increase knowledge of this topic, and design a realistic, manageable study that I might conduct at some point in the future (TEAL 6546)
  11. Increase the knowledge of the social forces that influence our understanding of diversity (TEAL 6710).
  12. Increase the knowledge of the social forces influencing the education of diverse children in school (TEAL 6710).
  13. Build on the strengths of diverse students and their families, and maximize their opportunities for educational success (TEAL 6710).

Outcome Data

Enrollment by program and semester


# Enrolled

# Admitted

# Completed

Average Time to Completion

Fall 2019

C&I: 40



ILDR: 48


C&I: 7


C&I: 3





6 semesters (n=12)


Format of Courses

 course format

Survey Results by Objective

survey results

Total Responses

Curriculum & Instruction: 5

Instructional Leadership: 6

* There are fewer survey responses for TEAL 6545 because it is not taken by Instructional Leadership Master’s students.

** Total score calculated by (# Strongly Agree x 4) + (# Agree x 3) + (# Neither x 2) + (# Disagree x 1) + (# Strongly Disagree x 0)


Data-Based Decisions

  • 2016 - Created Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction (in place of Master’s of Elementary or Secondary Education) with Specializations aligned to state area endorsements.
  • 2017 - Transitioned from central advising to having assigned advisors for each specialization to better meet the needs of the students within these targeted areas.
  • 2017-2018 - All Master’s Core Courses were developed for online implementation to better meet the needs of our statewide students.
  • 2019-2020 - Creeated a new specialization: Interventions for Secondary Students, in response by a state-need for secondary teachers to increase their knowledge and skills in working with students who may be at-risk due to learning or language disabilities.
  • 2019-2020 - Two new planning guides in Pedagogy (Elementary and Secondary) were developed with courses aligned to the APPEL program.