Graduate Program Curriculum and Instruction

PSU curriculum and instruction graduate students working on a group project

Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree Overview

The Curriculum & Instruction master’s degree program is for teachers and other education professionals who want to pursue advanced studies in teacher leadership, educational theories and research, and curriculum design. Courses are intended to enhance equitable teaching practices and learning outcomes while providing opportunities for career development.

Our curriculum is grounded in social justice research and prepares educators to respond to increasingly diverse classrooms and to become leaders for change in their learning communities. The Curriculum and Instruction masters program engages and empowers individuals to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to improve their professional practice.

The culminating Action Research courses allow educators to identify, study, and address needs specific to their district or agency in practical and cooperative ways. Teachers in the program work together with PSU and school personnel toward the goal of improving the K–12 curriculum.

Degree Details

  • M
    Delivery Method
    On campus
    Total Credits
    Start Term

Learn more about PSU’s academic program delivery methods.

Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree: Why PSU?

PSU is the public research university for the Portland metro area. We have a commitment to sustaining a vibrant and connected learning community that includes students of color, LGBTQ, and indigenous peoples.. You will have the opportunity to work with supportive faculty and alongside your colleagues who are educators like you; passionate about their work and making a difference in the world. 

What can I do with a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction?

Our graduates work in schools and communities as educational leaders and often make changes in their schools and districts based on the research they have done in the program.  Others continue to work in their classrooms, having improved their educational practice. Graduates may become:

  • Content-area specialists
  • Coaches
  • TOSAs
  • Teacher leaders

Featured Courses

  • CI 561 Advanced Educational Psychology
  • CI 565 Theoretical Models of Curriculum
  • CI 567 Curriculum and Culture
  • CI 580 Theories of Instruction
  • CI 581 Issues in Education
  • CI 510 Guidance for the Classroom Teacher
  • CI 590 Action Research Proposal
  • CI 591 Action Research Implementation


Elective credits are selected with the help of an advisor and may be taken in conjunction with core courses. They are not limited to CI courses and can be applied to specializations, endorsements, graduate certificates, and certificates of completion throughout the College of Education and University as a whole. There are face to face, online, and hybrid options each term. Electives may also be transferred in to the program (up to 15 credits) provided they meet the University’s transfer credit criteria.


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).