MA/MS in Curriculum and Instruction Program Formats - Online

The College of Education’s MA/MS in Curriculum and Instruction 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.

This online 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)


  • Students take 24 credits of core coursework and 6 credits of electives with their cohort
  • The remaining 15 elective credits can be taken before, during, or after the core courses
  • All courses are fully online
  • Program planning guide


  • Can be used to earn Endorsements, Specializations, Graduate Certificates and Certificates of Completion
  • Are not limited to education courses which allows for an individualized curriculum
  • May be transferred into the program provided they meet the University’s transfer credit criteria
  • Are limited to six credits at the 810 level within the master's degree, with advisor approval. No 808 level classes are acceptable.


  • A teaching license is not required to earn this degree
  • Cohort model
  • Experienced and committed faculty
  • Aligned with national and state board standards
  • All core courses are online
  • 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 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.