Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

Curriculum and Instruction

For Education Master's Programs (K-12)

Online 30 units * 1 or 2 year completion times

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Research-based teaching and learning methods that align scholarship and best practice for educators in the field

No required live, face-to-face class sessions

Opportunity to engage and interact with other practitioners through online collaboration with a cohort of peer educators

Options to complete degree in 1 or 2 academic years

What You Learn

This program offers candidates the opportunity to develop the skills and mindset indicative of innovative educational leaders. An enhanced understanding of teaching and learning in a digital and global world will transform candidates’ skills in utilizing curriculum design to produce rich and meaningful instruction. Educators will be shaped and prepared to positively impact their schools and communities through active learning and reflection.

How You Learn

Online Option: This is an online cohort program. Students will engage in coursework through an online learning management system, complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and collaborate on group activities. For the two year track, students will complete one 3-unit course every 8 weeks. For the one year accelerated track, students will complete two 3-unit courses every 8 weeks. All online students must have access to a computer with a strong internet connection and Microsoft Word software.

Career Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will earn a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction degree. Possible career opportunities include:

  • Educator or Department Leaders
  • Curriculum Specialists
  • Instructional Coaches
  • District Liaisons
  • State Representatives
  • Higher-Education Professors


In addition to the admission requirements for a graduate degree in the School of Education, applicants must also have teaching experience and access to a classroom. This program is also open to non-credentialed teachers pending further review of their teaching experience.

Course List

Core Curriculum

EDU 515Instructional Leadership3
EDU 520Curriculum Design & Assessment3
EDU 550Educational Discourses: Change & Reform3
EDU 580Educational Research: Methods & Analysis3
 Total Core Curriculum Semester Hours:12 Units

K-12 Strand

EDU 586Educational Technology (Level II)3
EDU 524Coping with Stress & Violence in Today’s Classrooms3
EDU 542School, Community & Diverse Family Structures3
EDU 547Brain-based Teaching & Learning3
EDU 595Developing Character and Ethics3
 Total Selected K-12 Curriculum Semester Hours:15 Units

Capstone Experience

EDR 605Capstone Project
(Prerequisites: EDU 580 and approval of program director)
 Total Capstone Semester Hours:3 Units

Master’s Degree Total: 30 Semester Hours


All courses are listed in numerical order. They are not listed in the order in which they will be offered. All courses subject to change.