Curriculum and Instruction Online

Curriculum and Instruction

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)
    • 6 electives are already built into your cohort schedule (can be changed with program coordinators permission)

Schedule

  • 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 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 online Class Schedule. Instead, registration information will be sent to you at your pdx.edu address directly each quarter.
  • Fast track: Complete your core courses in 15 months beginning in summer and ending the following summer.

Format

  • 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
  • All 45 credits must be completed within a seven year time frame, although students are encouraged to complete their degree program within two to three years.
  • Program planning guide

Electives

  • Can be used to earn endorsements, specializations, graduate certificates, or 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.

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.

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.

Program of study: online cohort

Course CR # Fall Win Spr Sum
Year 1
CI 581 Issues in Education 3 x      
CI 580 Theories of Instruction 3   x    
CI 565 Theoretical Models of Curriculum 3     x  
CI 561 Advanced Educational Psychology  3       x
CI 567 Curriculum and Culture 3       x
Year 2
CI 590 Action Research Proposal 3 x      
CI 510 Educational Measurement and Assessment 3   x    
CI 591 Action Research Implementation 3     x  
CI 510 Guidance for Classroom Teacher 3       x
CI 510 Teacher Leadership 3       x

Program of study: fast track

Course CR # Sum Fall Win Spr Sum
CI 561 Advanced Educational Psychology  3 x        
CI 567 Curriculum and Culture 3 x        
CI 581 Issues in Education 3   x      
CI 590 Action Research Proposal 3   x      
CI 580 Theories of Instruction 3     x    
CI 510 Educational Measurement and Assessment 3     x    
CI 565 Theoretical Models of Curriculum 3       x  
CI 591 Action Research Implementation 3       x  
CI 510 Guidance for Classroom Teacher 3         x
CI 510 Teacher Leadership 3         x