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Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree Program of Study - Online


A program of study consisting of a minimum of 45 credits approved by the faculty advisor and department chair, which include:

  • 30 core credits encompassing preparation in the areas of teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment and research, human relations, and/or issues of education. 
  • 15 elective credits at the graduate level.  Work with your faculty advisor for program planning.
  • A culminating Action Research Project which is achieved by successful completion of two core courses: CI 590 Action Research Proposal (3 credits) and CI 591 Action Research Implementation (3 credits).


  • Admitted cohort students take one 3-credit course each term during the academic year and two 3-credit courses summer term. This cycle totals 30 credits and completes the master’s core courses. 
  • Students can complete their 15 elective credits prior to admission, concurrently with cohort courses, or after the cohort courses are complete.
  • Current courses for students in the online master’s degree program do not appear on the regular PSU Class Schedule.  Instead, registration information will be sent to you at your address directly each quarter by the program manager including specific CRN’s, textbook information, how to access your course online, and other helpful resources.  

IMPORTANT: All 45 credits must be completed within a seven year time frame and students are encouraged to complete their degree program within two to three years.


The 15 credits of electives 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. 
  • 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.

MA/MS culminating activity

The purpose of the Action Research Project is to study and improve one’s own practice systematically and is accomplished by successful completion of two core courses:   

  • CI 590 Action Research Proposal (3 credits) Candidates design and write their independent action research project proposal.
  • CI 591 Action Research Implementation (3 credits) Candidates implement and analyze their project.

(Candidates choosing the independent project option must complete CI 590 and 591 as prerequisites)