Master of Arts (M.A.)

Curriculum & Instruction

In-Person, Hybrid or Online 30 major credits * 2 years

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Convenient online, hybrid and face to face cohort formats available

2 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks

One course completed every 8 weeks

Transfer credits considered

Program Overview

The Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction is directed toward the preparation of master classroom teachers.

Program Objectives

  • Reflect on the relationship between theory and pedagogical approaches in one’s practice
  • Engage in critical analysis of current educational issues and policies
  • Develop a knowledge base in curriculum theory and practice and develop a capacity to design, implement and evaluate instructional programs
  • Become familiar with current research on and theory in instruction of exceptional learners
  • Understand the practical facets of conducting applied classroom research including the collection and assessment of data
  • Develop an understanding of teacher leadership and effective teacher advocacy
  • Develop an understanding of enduring ethical, philosophical and educational issues
  • Tailor their program based on their educational goals and needs with online elective credits

Areas of Study

Hours Title
3 Foundations in Curriculum
3 Curriculum Construction
3 Assessment, Evaluation, and Data-Driven Decision Making
3 Teacher as Practitioner
3 Teacher as Leader
3 Teacher as Researcher (capstone course 1)
3 Seminar in Reflective Practice (capstone course 2)
9 Electives (3 courses/9 credits, online format)
Total Credit Hours: 30
Elective Credit

Choose 3 online courses from the following electives: 

  • Providing Instructional Support
  • Assistive Technology: Principles and Practices
  • Special Education Curriculum & Pedagogy
  • Socially, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Instructional Methods of the Differentiated Classroom
  • Instructional Coaching and Mentoring: Teacher Leadership
  • Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
  • Studies in Literacy and Multiliteracies
  • Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
Masters Capstone Experience

The capstone experience for the MA in Curriculum & Instruction is embedded in the final two courses of the program, Teacher as Researcher and Seminar in Reflective Practice. Candidates will be required to design and implement a teacher research project around the teaching and learning within their classrooms or schools. Teacher as Researcher and Seminar in Reflective Practice must be the last two courses in the program, taken in tandem with the same instructor. Successful completion of both courses fulfills the capstone requirement.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.