Curriculum and Instruction

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Earn a Curriculum and Instruction master's degree in a uniquely collaborative online format.

Our master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction combines the convenience of distance education with the personalized approach of Portland State's nationally ranked and accredited College of Education, located in Portland, Oregon.

In our online Curriculum and Instruction master's program, you'll work with the same faculty, take the same courses, and earn the same credential as students who earn the degree on our Portland campus.

Designed for working teachers and professionals in education-related fields, PSU's Curriculum and Instruction master's program encourages you to put theory into practice. You'll develop applied skills to promote ethical, culturally sensitive instruction and curriculum in your education career. And you can apply credits from the master's program toward an endorsement or certificate to enhance your professional profile.

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Portland State's online Curriculum and Instruction master's degree stands out for its emphasis on:

Put theory into practice with our online Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree.

  • Peer-to-peer collaboration. You'll interact frequently with faculty and classmates via user-friendly Internet tools, sharing experiences and ideas with fellow educators.
  • Cohort model. You'll take all your courses with the same group of individuals, enabling you to develop strong relationships.
  • Connection between theory and practice. Our Curriculum and Instruction master's program encourages you use course materials to address challenges specific to your own classroom, school district, nonprofit or governmental agency.
  • Constructivism. Portland State takes a constructivist approach to instruction and curriculum development, a rarity among online education master's degree programs.

What You'll Learn

The online Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree Program will empower you to advance into leadership roles. You'll earn a respected graduate degree from an accredited public university, while cultivating practical tools to help you:

  • Implement an integrated curriculum to support educational reform.
  • Develop teaching strategies and students' higher-level thinking skills.
  • Perform assessments and analyze data.
  • Communicate with parents or clients.
  • Create and activate models of change.

A teaching license is not required to earn the online master's degree in curriculum and instruction.

Online Master's Degree: Curriculum and Instruction Curriculum

This online master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction is a 45-credit degree program: 30 credits are required and 15 credits are elective courses. Students take the one-time sequenced courses with their cohort for the duration of the 30-credit program.

Year 1

  • CI 581 Issues in Education (3 credits)
  • CI 580 Theories of Instruction (3 credits)
  • CI 590 Action Research Proposal (3 credits)
  • CI 561 Action Research Proposal (3 credits)
  • CI 567 Curriculum and Culture (3 credits)

Year 2

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  • CI 565 Theoretical Models of Curriculum (3 credits)
  • CI 510 Educational Measurement and Assessment (3 credits)
  • CI 510 Teacher Leadership
  • CI 510 Guidance for Classroom Teacher (3 credits)
  • CI 591 Action Research Implementation (3 credits)


Portland State's College of Education is the first educator preparation program in Oregon, the first on the West Coast, and one of the first 10 in the nation, to be fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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

For more information visit the Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree program website.


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