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Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree Program Formats - Online

The Graduate School of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Master’s Degree Program is  designed for professionals who want to pursue advanced work in education, develop as leaders in their schools and communities or simply increase their knowledge base about how students learn and the best ways to educate them.  A teaching license is not required to earn this degree.

This online master’s degree is a:

  • Non-licensure program, culminating in a Master of Arts or Master of Sciences degree (MA/MS).
  • 45-credit degree program: 24 credits are required and 21 credits are elective courses.
  • Cohort model where students are admitted once a year (fall term) and proceed through the core courses as a group.


  • Students take the one-time sequenced courses with their cohort for the duration of the 24-credit program. 
  • The 21 elective credits can be taken before, during, or after the core courses but must be approved by the faculty advisor.  
  • All courses are fully online


The 21 elective credits for the master’s degree should be selected with the help of your faculty advisor. 

  • Students may select courses offered throughout the University and are not restricted to education courses. 
  • You may use your electives to earn an endorsement in ESOL, reading, or library media
  • You may also earn certificates of completion in a variety of areas including Instructional Technology
  • Electives may also be transferred in to the program provided they meet the University’s transfer credit criteria. 
  • Students are limited to six credits at the 810 level within the masters. No 808 level classes are acceptable.  


Educators identify, study, and address needs specific to their district or agency in a practical and cooperative way.

Teachers work together with University and school personnel toward the goal of improving the K-12 curriculum. Other educators work on issues specific to their agency which may include:

  • Implementation of an integrated curriculum to support educational reform
  • Development of teaching strategies and students' higher-level thinking skills
  • Assessment
  • Communication with parents or clients
  • Models of change