Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree Program Formats - On Campus

The College of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Master’s Degree Program is designed for professionals who want to pursue advanced work in education.

Courses are intended to help students 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.

The on campus master’s degree is

  • a non-licensure degree program, culminating in a Master of Arts or Sciences
  • 45-credits consisting of core courses (24 credits required) and electives (21 credits based on student needs and advisor approval

Scheduling options for completing core courses

  • Thursday night fast track during the academic year (one class is taught from 4-6:30; one class is taught from 6:40-9:20)
  • Summer—all core courses offered (one class is taught in the morning for two weeks and another class is taught in the afternoon for two weeks) Online options available with advisor approval
  • Most students complete in 2 to 3 years
  • Hybrid, online, and fully face to face
  • Program planning guide



  • A teaching license is not required to earn this degree
  • Rolling admission
  • Experienced and committed faculty
  • Aligned with national and state board standards
  • All core courses are on campus and face-to-face but may be taken online with advisor’s approval
  • Electives are scheduled online and on-campus--you choose what works for you
  • Action research allows educators to 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

We have a commitment to sustaining a vibrant and connected inclusive learning community that includes students of color, LGBTQ, and indigenous peoples.

Our curriculum is grounded in social justice research and prepares educators to respond to increasingly diverse classrooms.