Instruction: Teaching and Learning

Master of Education

Program Purpose

The Master of Education in Instruction: Teaching and Learning degree program is designed for educators who are interested in developing skills to become leaders of teachers and in the scholarly study of teaching and learning. Candidates study research-based best practices and acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote the success of all students. Candidates explore their own professional practices and reflect upon ways to improve teaching and learning and effective means of providing collegial leadership. The program addresses best practices related to teaching-learning, instructional planning, student achievement and performance, curriculum development, culturally appropriate learning environments, and educational reform.

Program Competencies

The program competencies adopted for the Master of Education in Instruction: Teaching and Learning degree program are the Model Standards for Teacher Licensing, Assessment, and Development from the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) (2011) by the Council of Chief State School Officers. The M.Ed. in Instruction: Teaching and Learning degree program is designed to enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the following program competency standards:

Program Competency Standard 1. Learner Development

The teacher understands how children learn and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

Program Competency Standard 2. Learning Differences

The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that allow each learner to meet high standards.

Program Competency Standard 3. Learning Environments

The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

Program Competency Standard 4. Content Knowledge

The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to ensure mastery of the content.

Program Competency Standard 5. Applications of Content

The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

Program Competency Standard 6. Assessment

The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

Program Competency Standard 7. Planning for Instruction

The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

Program Competency Standard 8. Instructional Strategies

The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

Program Competency Standard 9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice

The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, and other professionals in the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

Program Competency Standard 10. Leadership and Collaboration

The teacher seeks appropriate leaderships roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, and other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

Outcomes Assessment

Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Master of Education in Instruction: Teaching and Learning degree program competencies and the college-wide graduation competencies. Performance-based assessments are used to evaluate projects, assignments, and research papers. Goals, learning outcomes and activities, external assignments, and assessment strategies are linked directly to program and graduation competencies as stated on each course syllabus. Other assessment strategies may include mentoring sessions and observations of candidate performance in authentic settings.

Program Design

This 33-credit program consists of 21 credit hours of foundation courses that focus on teaching and learning and 12 credit hours of elective courses. The program requires that candidates be working in an educational setting or a training center to complete the program competency assignments. An effort is made to provide candidates with choices of course formats (traditional, hybrid or on-line) although this cannot be guaranteed. There is a non-credit E-Folio course requirement.

Course Requirements

Foundation Courses (21 credits)

MED 6102 E-Folio

MED 7712 Curriculum Development

MED 7808 Assessment and Evaluation

MED 7809 Instructional Design

MED 7810 Psychology of Learning

MED 7812 Culture and Learning Environments

MED 8804 is a 6 credit course offered in Fall and Spring semesters only.

Elective Courses (12 credits)

EDT 6005 Applications in Educational Technology

MED 7404 Brain-Based Research Instructional Strategies

MED 7704 Education for Equity and Social Justice

MED 7807 Creativity and Critical Thinking

MED 7813 Differentiated Instruction

MED 7814 Problem-Based Learning

MED 7815 Innovations in Teaching

MED 7816 Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

MED 7817 Professional Studies

MED 7818 Personalization in Education

MED 7819 Design, Build, and Test

Qualification for Degree

To qualify for the Master of Education in Instruction: Teaching and Learning degree, a candidate must successfully complete a minimum of 33 credit hours with a GPA of at least 3.0. The program must be completed within five years.


Since there is no relevant Delaware license or certificate, the completion of this degree does not qualify the recipient for a license or certification in Delaware, since there is no relevant Delaware license or certificate.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.