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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Specialty: Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education

The EdTerps Learning Academy provides formal and informal training and professional development opportunities that encompasses current evidence-based research and practice related to instruction, policy analysis, counseling, and human development.

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. Students should contact: 


The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Specialty: Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE) has a 43-credit, 17-course curriculum that prepares reflective practitioners for a pluralistic society through research-based inquiry.

  • Participants learn to be reflective, develop a broad repertoire of teaching skills, establish cultural proficiency applications to the classroom, and base their teaching practice on sound theory and research.
  • Can be completed in two years of continuous full-time enrollment. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.

Program Features

Successful program completion results in a Master's of Education (M.Ed.) degree and eligibility for a Maryland teaching certificate in grades 1 through 6. In addition, candidates acquire a teaching emphasis in either special education or ESOL instruction. 

Program Knowledge Areas

  • Curriculum
  • Learners
  • Subject matter
  • Pedagogy
  • Social context
  • Educational Goals and Assessment

Each knowledge area incorporates the following principles:

  • Multicultural Philosophy and Education
  • Higher Level Thinking Skills
  • Research: Knowledge, Inquiry and Interpretation
  • Reflection
  • High Leverage Teaching Practices
  • Team Building and Rapport with Others

Program Key Components

  • Inclusion of paraeducators, support staff, and other professionals interested in classroom teaching.
  • Opportunities for professional growth in a multicultural community
  • Focus instruction on special education or ESOL education to meet student needs
  • Collaborative support from a master teacher, school-based administration, and University of Maryland (UMD) faculty
  • Participation in a cohort experience with other CITE participants


Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog, Course Listing as follows:

Course Number Title
TLPL406 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Elementary School Part I
TLPL407 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Elementary School Part II
TLPL460 Materials for Creating Skilled and Motivated Readers Part I
TLPL461 Materials for Creating Skilled and Motivated Readers Part II
TLPL618 Digital Learning Tools and Communities
TLPL625 Teaching Science in the Elementary School
TLPL642 Process and Acquisition of Reading
TLPL647 Diagnostic Reading Assessment and Instruction
TLPL660 Foundations of Literacy and Bi-literacy Develop
TLPL662 Second Language Acquisition
TLPL665 Methods of Teaching TESOL
TLPL678 Professional Seminar in Education
TLPL685 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
TLPL689 Internship in Education
TLPL698 Conducting Research on Teaching
EDSP600 Introduction to Special Education
EDSP606 Inclusive Practices in the Schools
EDSP613 Behavior and Classroom Management in Special Education
EDSP615 Evaluation and Measurement of Exceptional Children and Youth

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director.
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit.
  • The program uses specific section codes for registration that are listed on the sample plan of study.

Sample Plan

The 6-semester cohort plan of study begins in a spring semester and students complete the program in a fall semester (spring, summer, fall, spring, summer, fall).

Semester Year Course Number Offsite In Person Section Code Online Section Code Credits
Spring 1 TLPL460 PX** PU** 3
Spring 1 TLPL461 PX** PU** 3
Spring 1 TLPL678 PX** PU** 1
Summer 1 TLPL642 PX** PU** 3
Summer 1 EDSP600 PX** PU** 3
Summer 1 EDSP606 or TLPL662 PX** PU** 3
Fall 1 TLPL406 PX** PU** 3
Fall 1 TLPL647 PX** PU** 3
Fall 1 TLPL698 PX** PU** 1
Spring 2 TLPL407 PX** PU** 3
Spring 2 TLPL698 PX** PU** 1
Spring 2 EDSP615 or TLPL665 PX** PU** 3
Summer 2 TLPL625 PX** PU** 3
Summer 2 TLPL685 PX** PU** 3
Summer 2 EDSP613 or TLPL660 PX** PU** 3
Fall 2 TLPL689 PX** PU** 3
Fall 2 TLPL618 PX** PU** 1


  • Features a blend of in-person and online learning.
  • Instruction provided by UMD faculty and professionals from the partnership school system.
  • Uses the semester academic calendar with classes held during fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).

In-Person Instruction

  • Instructors present dynamic and interactive seminar-style instruction.
  • Classes are held in the evenings at partnership school system locations, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment.
  • Students enrolled in a program that features in-person instruction are required to submit the University’s Immunization Record Form prior to the first day of their first semester/term. See Health Requirements.

Online Instruction

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Students attend lectures virtually (e.g., use of video technology, such as Zoom).
  • Online lectures (lecture, slides, presentation, and Q&A interactions) are recorded and video-archived for student review.
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