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Supervisory Certificate: Curriculum and Instruction

The Supervisory Certificate program is now a hiring requirement in many local school districts; specifically when a district seeks to add district coordinators, supervisors and department heads to its staff. The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, one of KU's largest graduate programs in enrollment, is the degree that most closely aligns with the courses needed for the supervisory certificate. By carefully selecting courses, graduate students can earn both the M.Ed. and the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Certificate simultaneously. 

The program integrates course-work with an internship in the school setting.

Requirements for Admission

  • Official transcripts from previous colleges or universities (non-KU)
  • A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required for admission into the program
  • One of the following:
    • Praxis II (or PECT)
    • Instructional I or II teaching certificate
    • GRE scores
  • Three letters of professional recommendation
  • For Admission information, contact Graduate Studies Admissions

Program Requirements

  • Teachers may complete coursework toward the supervisory certificate upon entering the program; however, they cannot complete the certificate until five years of successful teaching is documented in their area of certification. This requirement must be verified with a written notification on school letterhead by a chief school administrator.
  • The Praxis Educational Leadership: Administration & Supervision (0411) must be taken and passed as part of the successful completion of this program
  • 24 credit hours of coursework
    • 21 credits of core classwork (courses are pre-requisites to internship experience that encompass all four domains)
    • 3 credits of an internship
  • Portfolio


Courses of Study-24 credits:


Required Courses-21 credits:

  • SEU 567: Curriculum in a Standard Aligned System

    Examination and critical and theoretical appraisal of curriculum practices now existing in American secondary school, together with the identification and evaluation of current trends.

  • EDU 528: Student Diversity and Critical Pedagogy

    Participants in this course will undertake a comparative approach to similarities and differences between the U.S. culture and other cultures with the goal of developing cultural understanding and sensitivity of diverse students and families living in the United States. Critical theory and more specifically strategies and approaches for facilitating a critical literacy in students will be emphasized in this course.

  • EDU 568: Middle School Curriculum and Instruction

    The past two decades have witnessed tremendous reform in middle-level education and more restructuring is in progress. Middle school educators have been driven by one premise: everything that is done for and with students in a school should be based on what we know about the nature and needs of the age group. This course explores the unique sociological and psychological aspects of the middle-level learner and the implications of these aspects for teachers, counselors and administrators in the organization of the middle school and in development of a responsive curriculum for middle-level learners.

  • SEU 544: Action Research for Teacher Leaders

    This seminar is designed for practicing educators and others who are involved in instructional activity. The "state-of-the-art in instructional theory" will be investigated. Considerations will be given to the factors related to effective teaching, teacher credibility and the planning and implementation of a feedback system.

  • EDU 526: Data-Driven Decision Making

    With the current emphasis on accountability and data-driven instruction, this course will provide in-service teachers the opportunity to study an area of personal relevance to their classroom and school/institution. It will emphasize the critical role of assessment in the instructional process and the importance of using valid assessments to guide and influence instruction.

  • EDU 541: Supervision and Finance

    This course in instructional supervision is designed to provide educational personnel with a theoretical and practical understanding of the various models and approaches to the supervision of instruction. 

  • EDU 562: School Law

    This course will focus on the sources of law under which educational policy is developed and implemented, analyze basic legal concepts that are being applied to educational questions, interpret topics which have a direct impact on educators and students and reflect on the law and the responsibilities that accompany legal rights.


Required Capstone Course-3 credits:

  • EDU 590: Internship in Supervision

    The student will be assigned to an environment that provides the professional experiences related to the student's field of academic interest and study. Under the supervision of a school district administrator with coordination by a graduate faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education, the student will be exposed to the major task areas of policy determination, program development, curriculum design and instructional supervision.


Courses taught on campus and online