MEd in Curriculum and Instruction:
Collaborative Learning and Teaching

Designed to promote the professional development of practicing teachers at all grade levels and in all subject areas, teachers enrolled in this teacher training program in Missouri will work collaboratively in cohort groups to improve their classroom practice.

  • Program topics, learning experiences and outcomes are based on the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). This unique Master of Education program focuses on using technology, curriculum and instruction strategies, and collaborative learning experiences to bring people together in an educational environment. It is offered as a campus-based curriculum instruction degree program in Missouri. 

Unique Features

  • A collaborative cohort field-based learning application
  • Connections between coursework and classroom practice
  • Opportunities to align classroom practice with national standards

Program Benefits

  • Relevant – Practice research-based strategies designed for your students.
  • Convenient – Study at home or school.
  • Timely  Focus on authentic and educative assessment.
  • Valuable  Use this fully-accredited teaching degree for career advancement.
  • Rewarding – Apply what you have learned to help all your students succeed.
  • Collaborative – Share the excitement of learning with your faculty mentor and colleagues.

Program Delivery

Curriculum and Instruction – Collaborative Learning and Teaching is offered as a campus-based program in January and June. The campus location is Independence, Missouri. During a two-year period, a cohort of teachers participate in 30 credit hours of continuously sequenced coursework to complete the master's in curriculum and instruction. Of the 30 hours of coursework, six hours are special topic courses, 15 hours are study seminars based on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Core Propositions, and six hours focus on action research. Students will present an action research project and a presentation to their peers. An accelerated option is available.

Courses are listed below. Choose the Course Descriptions link on this page to view complete descriptions of all courses.

Curriculum and Instruction: Collaborative Learning and Teaching

EDUC5100 Strategies for Collaboration 3 s.h.
EDUC5310 Core Proposition I 3 s.h.
EDUC5320 Core Proposition II 3 s.h.
EDUC5330 Core Proposition III 3 s.h.
EDUC5340 Core Proposition IV 3 s.h.
EDUC5350 Core Proposition V 3 s.h.
Graduate-level Education Electives 6 s.h.
EDUC6100 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research 3 s.h.
EDUC6110 Classroom Inquiry and Action Research Practicum 3 s.h.

In concurrence with the American Council on Education (ACE), candidates may be awarded up to six credit hours for completing the NBPTS certification process (3 s.h.) and 3 s.h. for obtaining licensure. After documented verification, these hours will be substituted for Graduate-level Education Electives 6 s.h.


Our program has multiple start dates per year. Please contact our School of Education Admissions Representative for tuition and application deadline dates. Group rates are also available.

Jeanette Calipetro, MEd, Admissions Representative
Graceland University, 1401 W. Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050