Best Online Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction Programs

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1 University of Florida 82.32 3/5 60% Gainesville, FL

UF offers a master of education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in educational technology that prepares students for careers as educational technologists and instructional designers. The program explores how the internet, media, and other technological developments affect the contemporary learning environment and teaches students how to integrate new technologies into their classrooms and curricula. UF offers five online sessions per year, including one fall, two spring, and two summer sessions.

The 36-credit degree includes both a nine-credit curriculum and instruction core and a 12-credit educational technology core. These core classes provide students with foundational knowledge of instructional design, integrated media environments, and current issues in educational technology. Students must also enroll in 12 credits of educational technology electives, allowing them to customize their studies through a variety of courses, including the internet in K-12 instruction, media ecologies and open education, and games and situations for teaching and learning. The program concludes with a three-credit practicum course that asks students to reflect on their overall learning experience through the exploration of a technology and learning question. The practicum includes a significant writing component and an in-depth peer review process. Students may only take the practicum course during the spring semester, and the course occupies both eight-week spring sessions for a total of 16 weeks.

This online master's in curriculum and instruction program can be completed in about two years if students enroll in two courses each semester. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all upper-division undergraduate coursework to be considered. The school accepts transfer credits, although they prefer courses that have been completed recently and that are relevant to the program a student is enrolled in. UF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: School of Teaching & Learning
Program name: Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Educational technology
Accrediting body: NCATE
Tuition: $449/credit in-state; $690/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 36 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 2-3 years
Program start dates: Fall I - August; fall II - September; spring I - January; spring II - March; summer I - May 8; summer II - June

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - May 15; spring - September 15; summer - February 17
GPA: 3.0 minimum for last 60 undergraduate credits
Standardized tests: GRE

Contact
Department phone: (352) 273-4215
Admissions email: stlgradadmiss@coe.ufl.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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2 University of Virginia-Main Campus 72.75 3/5 2% Charlottesville, VA

UV offers a master of education in curriculum and instruction that teaches students how to develop an effective curriculum and emphasizes the history, philosophy, and theory of curriculum development. Students can customize their online curriculum and instruction degree with one of four concentrations: reading education, gifted education, English language learners, or instructional technology. The program is offered through the Curry School of Education and offers small sizes, allowing students to receive one-on-one attention from instructors.

The 30-credit program is split evenly between required core and elective concentration courses. Core courses cover a variety of foundational topics, including curriculum design, differentiation, classroom assessment, and education across cultures. Students can transfer up to six credits toward their degree if those courses are deemed relevant to the program by an academic adviser. This online master's in curriculum and instruction can be completed in one year of full-time study, or up to five years of part-time study. The program offers three start dates per year, making it ideal for working teachers. Graduates are prepared to pursue curriculum development roles in PreK–12 public or private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, charter schools, community colleges, state education departments, and more.

All online students at UV pay the same tuition rate, regardless of residency. However, K-12 educators in Virginia can take advantage of a discounted tuition rate. Applicants must provide GRE scores, evidence of National Board teaching certification, or pass two of the program's courses as a non-degree student with a "B+" grade or better, and submit a writing sample to be considered. This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation.


Program Overview
Department: Curry School of Education - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Special Education
Program name: Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Reading education, gifted education, English language learners, instructional technology
Accrediting body: SACSCOC
Tuition: $500/credit

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 30 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 1-2 years
Program start dates: Fall - August 22; spring - January 17

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - July 15; spring - December 15
Standardized tests: GRE
Work experience: Teaching certificate

Contact
Department phone: (434) 924-31284(434) 924-312834) 924-3128
Department email: mde4n@virginia.edu (Mark Elliott, Department Administrator)
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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3 North Carolina State University at Raleigh 68.08 3/5 37% Raleigh, NC

NC State offers a master's in curriculum and instruction online that focuses on new literacies and global learning and prepares students to develop curricula in a globalized, technology-rich classroom. Students can customize their degree by choosing a concentration in English language arts (middle and high school), K-12 reading, or social studies (middle and high school). This program explores the intersection of digital literacies, such as text messaging and social media, with modern instruction techniques. The program is offered in a hybrid format, with half of the classes offered online and half on campus. Full-time students typically enroll in three courses (nine credits) per semester, while part-time students enroll in 3-6 credits.

NCSU’s curriculum and instruction master's program is offered in two degree formats: a 30-credit master of education or a 36-credit master of science. The core curriculum for both degrees is the same, but students pursuing the master of science track must complete an additional six credits of thesis work, including three credits of thesis research and three credits in research methodology. Students in both programs take 12 credits of core courses along with 18 hours of concentration classes.

Students will also generate global connections through a combination of international study travel and virtual global education experiences. The master of curriculum and instruction emphasizes project-based inquiry and students begin by posing a teaching-related question that they explore throughout the course of their program. The program concludes with a Design Studio Showcase, in which students present the results of their inquiries to their cohort and faculty members. NC State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: College of Education
Program name: Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction: New Literacies & Global Learning
Available concentrations: K-12 reading education, middle grades English language arts education, middle grades social studies education, secondary English education, secondary social studies education
Accrediting body: SACSCOC
Tuition: $432/credit in-state; $1,148/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 36 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 2 years
Program start dates: Fall - August 16; summer - May 17

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - August 1; summer - April 1

Contact
Department phone: (919) 513-8501
Department email: haspires@ncsu.edu (Dr. Hiller Spires, Program Coordinator)
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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4 Texas A & M University-College Station 61.33 3/5 3% College Station, TX

Texas A&M's Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture ranks as one of the top education colleges in the country. The school offers a variety of degrees that emphasize collaboration, diversity, creativity, democratic governance, critical thinking, and global leadership. The online master of education in curriculum and instruction teaches students about four key topics: academic learning, family and community partnerships, school improvement, and social climate and emotional well-being. This program is perfect for students who plan to pursue a career in education evaluation, development, and coordination.

The 36-credit program uses a varied online format that incorporates eCampus, Moodle, video lectures, chat rooms, and other virtual course materials. The curriculum includes 12 credits of core courses and 24 credits of electives. Core courses cover a variety of topics, including cultural foundations of education, curriculum development, and analysis of teaching behavior.

Elective courses allow students to customize their degree, and up to two electives can be taken outside of the education department with permission from a faculty adviser. The master of curriculum and instruction does not require a thesis, although students must complete a three-credit reflective inquiry course during the final semester, where they trace the development of their education practice throughout the program.

The program offers start dates in both the fall and spring semesters and is designed to work around the schedules of working teachers. Applicants must apply to both the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture and to Texas A&M University itself. They must submit an online application to be considered and GRE scores are not required. The degree does not include a path to teacher certification, although Texas A&M does offer online certification options. Texas A&M is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: Teaching, Learning, & Culture
Program name: Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
Accrediting body: SACSCOC
Tuition: $2,173/9 credits in-state; $5,987/9 credits out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 36 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 36 credits
Program start dates: Fall - August 28; spring - January 16

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - March 1; spring - October 1
GPA: 2.7 minimum

Contact
Department phone: (979) 862-8122
Department email: ambyrrios@tamu.edu (Ambyr Rios, Assistant Director of Online Education)
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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5 Columbia International University 58.31 3/5 21% Columbia, SC

CIU is a multi-denominational Christian college based in Columbia, South Carolina. The school offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master of education. This program prepares students to pursue curriculum and instruction jobs in Christian education settings. Students can choose one of two tracks: educational administration or instruction and learning. Educational administration is perfect for students interested in leadership positions in Christian or missionary schools, while instruction and learning is ideal for those interested in becoming better educators.

The 36-credit curriculum includes nine credits of foundational courses, 12 credits in core classes, and 12 credits of electives. Foundational courses explore the intersection of Christianity and education, with topics such as biblical foundations for curriculum and the history and philosophy of education. Core courses cover a variety of topics, including understanding the learner, curriculum development, educational assessment, and educational research. The administrative track covers subjects such as leadership theory, school law, and staff supervision. The instruction and learning track includes coursework on supervision of instruction, differentiated instruction, and designing instruction for understanding. While the majority of courses are offered in an asynchronous format, some require online chats and live discussions.

The curriculum is aligned with certification requirements for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Graduates are prepared to obtain Professional ACSI certification, which remains valid for five years. Applicants must provide GRE verbal and quantitative scores above the 50th percentile and a minimum analytic score of 3.5 to be considered. They must also have prior educational experience as an administrator or instructor. CIU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Program name: Master's of Education in Instruction & Learning
Available concentrations: Educational administration, instruction & learning
Accrediting body: ATS, SACSCOC
Tuition: $550/credit

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 33 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 2-4 years
Program start dates: Fall - August 21; spring - January 8; summer - April 30

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: August 1
GPA: 2.7 minimum
Standardized tests: GRE
Work experience: 2 years of classroom experience, 2 years of education administration experience, or a teaching certificate

Contact
Department phone: (803) 200-2570
Online programs email: onlinedegrees@ciu.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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6 George Mason University 55.99 3/5 22% Fairfax, VA

George Mason offers a master of education in curriculum and instruction with a focus in assistive technology that teaches students how to serve disabled populations through the use of adaptive and rehabilitative devices. The program trains teachers how to assess, implement, and research the applications of assistive technology in an educational setting, and trains them to work with disability populations, their family members, and disability service providers. This program is relevant to a range of educators and other professionals, from general and special educators to occupational therapists, adult service providers, and caregivers.

The 30-credit curriculum includes 24 credits of required courses, covering subjects such as augmentative communications, designing adapted environments, assistive technology assessment, and web accessibility and design. Students must also enroll in one research course, either educational research in technology or special education research. Finally, they must enroll in two additional elective courses, with options including universal design for learning, software and mobile applications for individuals with disabilities, and assistive technology for independent living or the workplace.

Courses are offered entirely online using Mason's virtual lab software. Distance learners who are Virginia residents and Pre-K-12 educators can receive a special tuition discount. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their final 60 credits of study to be considered. Graduates commonly go on to pursue careers as assistive technology coordinators, trainers, and team leaders. All courses requirements for the MEd also count toward George Mason’s PhD in education, which can be completed at an accelerated rate through additional on-campus study. Many of the program courses also count toward recertification credit for K-12 teachers. George Mason is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: College of Education & Human Development
Program name: Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Assistive technology
Accrediting body: SACSCOC
Tuition: $564/credit in-state; $764/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 30 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 30 credits
Program start dates: Fall - August 28

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - April 1
GPA: 3.0 minimum

Contact
Department phone: (703) 993-8295
Department email: mkinas@gmu.edu (Marci Jerome, Program

Contact)
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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7 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 55.49 3/5 28% Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 in Blacksburg, Virginia as a land grant university. Today, the school serves more than 30,000 students annually throughout its seven campuses and online degree programs. The school offers a master of arts in education, curriculum, and instruction with a focus on instructional technology that prepares students to work as professional instructional technologists and create improved learning experiences in K-12 schools, community colleges, university settings, and other educational environments.

The 30-credit online master's in curriculum and instruction includes 18 credits of foundational courses, nine credits of concentration courses, and a three-credit research class. Foundational courses focus on theoretical topics in instructional technology, providing students with a strong background in learning design. Concentration courses allow students to choose from a range of instructional technology topics, including software evaluation, distance education, visual literacy, and applications of digital media. Instead of a thesis, students must complete a three-credit project and report. In this project, students will complete a substantial independent self-study in an area of their choice and present a comprehensive written report on their findings. The program concludes with a three-credit portfolio course, where students curate their strongest work samples and reflect on their overall experience in the program.

Most students earning their master's degree in curriculum and instruction are employed full-time, and typically complete three credits each semester and six in the summer. Following this standard study plans allows students to earn their degree in about three years. All courses are offered each semester, so students don't have to worry about scheduling restrictions. Students can transfer as many as six credits from another accredited institution as long as they are related to instructional technology and have been completed within the past five years. Virginia Tech is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: Learning Sciences & Technologies
Program name: Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Instructional technology
Accrediting body: SACSCOC
Tuition: $767/credit in-state; $1,494/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 30 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 3 years
Program start dates: Fall - August 28; spring - January 16

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - August 1; spring - January 1
GPA: 3.0 minimum

Contact
Department phone: (540) 231-9658
Department email: itma@vt.edu (Ken Potter, Program Director)
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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8 University of South Florida-Main Campus 55.02 3/5 49% Tampa, FL

USF is a public research university that was founded in 1956 in Tampa, Florida. The school is one of the largest public colleges in the state and offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master of education in instructional technology. This program trains students to design online courses and other digital learning environments. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in K-12 schools, higher education, the education industry as instructional technologists, curriculum developers, eLearning specialists, technology coaches, and multimedia instructional designers. The degree is offered entirely online and through a combination of distance learning and on-campus classes.

This 33-credit curriculum and instruction master's degree consists of 11 courses, including three educational foundations courses, six concentration courses, and two additional elective courses. Concentration courses cover topics such as interactive media, distance learning, and current trends in educational technology, and electives options include game design and development for learning, problems in instructional design for computers, digital video, or technology leadership in education. Students can also complete a three-credit internship in eLearning development, allowing them to gain valuable hands-on experience in the industry. All required courses are typically available at least twice per year, while some electives may only be available once each year.

Students earning their curriculum and instruction master's degree can simultaneously earn credit for one of USF's many online certifications on subjects like cybersecurity education, digital/virtual educator, distance education, and eLearning design. Many courses count to more than one graduate certificate, allowing students to potentially complete multiple certificates while earning their master's degree. Students can also transfer up to 12 credits from another institution, as long as they were earned with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, minimum graduate GPA of 3.5, and provide GRE scores to be considered. USF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: College of Education
Program name: Master's of Education in Instructional Technology
Available concentrations: Cybersecurity education, digital/virtual educator, eLearning design & development, distance education, web design
Accrediting body: SACSCOC
Tuition: $7,840 in-state; $15,864 out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 33 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 2 years
Program start dates: Fall, spring

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - April 15; spring - June 15
GPA: 3.0 minimum
Standardized tests: GRE

Contact
Department phone: (813) 974-8354
Department email: ToddBoyd@usf.edu (Todd Boyd, Program

Contact)
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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9 Michigan State University 54.29 3/5 18% East Lansing, MI

MSU is a public research university that was founded in 1855 in East Lansing, Michigan, as a land grant college. Today, the school serves more than 50,000 students annually and is the largest college in the state. MSU offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master's of arts in teaching and curriculum. The program is open to a wide range of professionals, including both new and experienced teachers, and includes different curriculum options for those with different levels of experience. The curriculum is centered around three primary objectives: helping students engage in critical inquiry, develop as accomplished teachers, and become effective teacher leaders. Students can choose one of seven unique concentrations: educational technology, educational psychology, K-12 educational administration, literacy and language instruction, socio-cultural perspectives in teaching and learning, science and mathematics education, and English as a second language.

This program consists of 30 credits, including nine credits of professional development and inquiry core courses, nine credits in concentration courses, and 12 credits of electives. Core courses focus on classroom teaching, professional roles, and teaching practice, while electives and concentration courses allow students to customize their degree by selecting from dozens of different courses. All students must also complete a capstone one one of the following two topics: curriculum design, development, and deliberation in schools or teachers as teacher educators. Students must also submit both a synthesis paper and a professional portfolio. Both of these requirements are reviewed by faculty members and take the place of a comprehensive final examination. Students typically complete the program in two years, though they have up to five years to earn their degree. MSU undergraduate education majors who have completed the school's teacher certification internship can transfer up to nine credits toward their master's degree, allowing them to complete the program in just one year. MSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Department: College of Education
Program name: Master of Arts in Teaching & Curriculum
Available concentrations: Educational technology, educational psychology, K-12 educational administration, literacy & language instruction, socio-cultural perspectives in teaching & learning, science & mathematics education, ELL/ESL, literacy specializations & endorsements, K-12 ESL
Accrediting body: NCA
Tuition: $830/credit

Delivery
Format: Online or hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 30 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 1-2 years
Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Rolling
GPA: 3.0 minimum for last 2 years of undergraduate coursework

Contact
Department phone: (517) 432-7705
Department email: certo@msu.edu (Janine Certo, Program Coordinator)
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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10 Liberty University 53.32 4/5 85% Lynchburg, VA

Liberty is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, and is both the largest private nonprofit college and largest Christian university in the world. The school offers nearly 300 distance learning programs and serves 100,000 online students each year. The school offers two options for curriculum and instruction master's programs: a master's of education in teaching and learning and a master's of education in program specialist. Both programs prepare graduates to pursue curriculum and instruction positions in public and private Christian schools. Students can choose one of a dozen concentrations, with options including elementary education, education technology and instruction, history, and special education. Those pursuing the program specialist concentration must choose between a further specialization as either math specialist or reading specialist.

The program consists of 36 credits, including 15 of advanced education courses such as learning theory, foundations of education, and educational research and assessment. Depending on a student's concentration, they take an additional 12-15 credits of specialization courses and six to nine credits of professional courses. The program specialist track leads to Virginia advanced licensure, and applicants to the program must already hold initial teacher licensure. Students in the specialist track must also complete a three-credit internship, which may be performed either in Lynchburg or in a student's own community. The teaching and learning track does not lead to state licensure, except for add-on licensure options through the early childhood and gifted education concentrations. Some teaching and learning specializations offer optional three-credit practicum experiences that allow students to learn through hands-on experience. While the majority of courses are offered online, most concentrations require a limited on-campus attendance. Some may also include session that take place over a few days on Liberty's Lynchburg campus. Liberty is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Program name: Master's of Education in Teaching & Learning
Available concentrations: Elementary education, early childhood education, education law, education technology & instruction, English education, general education, gifted education endorsement, history education, leadership, middle grade endorsement, special education, student services
Accrediting body: NCATE
Tuition: $565/credit full-time; $615/credit part-time

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 36 credits
Field education requirements: 3-credit internship or student teaching assignment

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 4-5 semesters
Program start dates: Fall - August 28; spring - January 15

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - August 2
GPA: 3.0 minimum

Contact
Department phone: (800) 424-9595
Online programs email: luograd@liberty.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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11 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus 50.51 3/5 21% Denver, CO

Created in 1996, CU Denver’s online program is one of the oldest in the country. The school offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master's of arts in curriculum and instruction: reading and writing. The program focuses on helping educators improve literacy and offers two distinct academic tracks: one which focuses on reading and writing and adds an endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education, and another that combines the reading and writing focus with an individually-designed specialization.

Students can also earn CU Denver's early literacy certificate online, which can be applied towards their master's degree. Several Colorado school districts also offer hybrid certificate programs through a Literacy, Language, and Culturally Responsive Teaching Program.

This 30-credit program can be completed in just one year of full-time study. Students must enroll in nine credits of core concentration courses, 15 credits of course inventories, a three-credit research course, and a three-credit culminating capstone course. All coursework is delivered entirely online through Canvas and emphasizes topics such as language and literacy, reading development and assessment, research in schools, and culturally-sensitive teaching methods. Graduates can move on to higher roles within their current school or pursue new positions as interventionists, Title I teachers, and literacy or instructional coaches. Students can apply for one of six academic scholarships available each year, allowing them to reduce the costs of their education. Licensed teachers employed at qualifying schools can also apply for federal TEACH grants. CU Denver is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Department: School of Education & Human Development
Program name: Master's of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Reading & writing education
Accrediting body: HLC
Tuition: $448/credit in-state; $373/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 30 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 1-2 years
Program start dates: Fall - August 28; spring - January 16

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - July 1; spring - November 1
Work experience: Colorado teaching license

Contact
Department phone: (303) 724-5000
Department email: education@ucdenver.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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12 Florida State University 50.29 3/5 28% Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee, Florida-based FSU is one of the oldest and largest colleges in the state, with over 300 degree programs, including an online master's in curriculum and instruction. The program is designed for both new and experienced teachers alike and teaches students how to meet the needs of diverse groups of students, address changes in the state and local education standards, and use research-based teaching approaches to sold modern education issues. Students can choose from one of seven specializations: elementary education, English education, foreign and second language, mathematics education, social studies education, science education, and special education.

This 33-credit program encourages students to use their own teaching practice to explore ideas, technology, and techniques from the program curriculum and gauge their effectiveness on a local level. Students enroll in 21 credits of core coursework, covering topics such as data-informed instruction, culturally responsive teaching, and the relationship between teaching and technology. They also enroll in 12 additional credits of concentration courses, building deeper knowledge in their chose specialization. At the end of the program, students curate a portfolio of their most significant work, which they must present and defend to a body of faculty members. The program does not require a thesis or culminating capstone course.

The program can be completed in two years of part-time study. Most classes delivered asynchronously online, although certain courses include real-time interaction with professors or other students. The program can be completed in just two years of part-time study. Applicants must have either an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or a graduate degree to be considered. FSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: College of Education - School of Teacher Education
Program name: Master's of Science in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Elementary education, English education, foreign & second language education, mathematics education, social studies education, science education, special education
Accrediting body: CAEP
Tuition: $479/credit in-state; $1,111/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s of science
Credit requirements: 33 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 2 years
Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - July 1; spring - November 1; summer - March 1
GPA: 3.0 minimum
Standardized tests: GRE

Contact
Department phone: (850) 645-8316
Department email: ecrowley@fsu.edu (Libbie Crowley, Academic Program Specialist)
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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13 Texas A & M University-Commerce 50.18 3/5 52% Commerce, TX

TAMUC was founded in 1889 in Commerce, Texas, and is one of the country's oldest state universities. Today, the school offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an accredited master's in education curriculum and instruction. Students can choose either a master's of education or a master's of science degree. Both programs are designed for experienced teachers who want to pursue educational leadership positions. The MEd is suitable for either certified teachers or those with a bachelor’s degree in education, while the MS is better for those enrolled in alternative certification programs. These programs are offered entirely online and in a hybrid format.

The program consists of 36 credits, split evenly between core courses and electives. The 18-credit core curriculum includes nine credits of required courses, focusing on foundational topics like classroom management, diversity and equity in education, and research literature and techniques. Students then have the option to complete 18 additional credits in a chosen specialization or 18 additional credits in support courses for a generalist degree. Elective courses also allow students to earn one of many professional graduate certifications, such as bilingual/ESL education, gifted education, and master reading teacher.

During their final semester, students must take a written master’s comprehensive exam, which covers all course material from the core program curriculum. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and one of the following criteria to be considered: a valid teaching certificate, passing PPR, ExCet, or TExES scores, or official GRE scores. TAMUC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Program name: Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Early childhood education, reading education, secondary education
Accrediting body: SACSCOC
Tuition: $605/credit in-state; $1,020/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 36 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 36 credits
Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - June 1; spring - October 15; summer - March 15
Standardized tests: GRE, PPR, ExCET, or TExES
Work experience: Teaching certificate (only required if standardized test requirement not met)

Contact
Department phone: (903) 886-5538
Department email: Gilbert.Naizer@tamuc.edu (Dr. Gilbert Naizer, Program Advisor)
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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14 University of Missouri-Columbia 48.76 3/5 29% Columbia, MO

Mizzou was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Missouri, and is one of the oldest public institution in the country. Today, the school offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master's of education in learning, teaching, and curriculum. Students can choose from one of six specializations: early childhood education, literacy, mathematics, social studies, and teaching English to speakers of other languages. Graduates commonly go on to new roles as subject-matter specialists, curriculum coordinators, supervisors of instruction, department heads, leaders of professional development education, or teacher educators.

The program consists of 33 credits, with nine credits dedicated to learning, teaching, and curriculum core. Students enroll in a combination of concentration and elective courses to complete the rest of the degree. Some specializations, such as the literacy education, include a research capstone that has students explore a relevant topic of their choice and present their findings to faculty. Most specializations do not lead to certification, also some allow students to enroll in a course that counts towards graduate certificates. Mizzou offers three start dates throughout the year.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and two years of related work experience to be considered. All online students at Mizzou pay the same tuition rate, regardless of residency. Certification pathways can differ from state to state, and Mizzou recommends that students outside of Missouri should check with advisers to ensure that the curriculum matches up with their state regulations. The College of Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


Program Overview
Department: College of Education - Department of Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum
Program name: Master's of Education in Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum
Available concentrations: Art education, career & technical education, early childhood education, elementary education, English or literacy education, mathematics education, music education, science education, social studies education, TESOL
Accrediting body: NCA
Tuition: $360/credit in-state; $626/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online or hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 32-33 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 32-33 credits
Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Rolling
GPA: 3.0 minimum
Standardized tests: GRE
Work experience: 2 years

Contact
Department phone: (573) 882-5659
Academic advising email: MizzouEdAdvising@missouri.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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15 Nova Southeastern University 48.38 4/5 49% Fort Lauderdale, FL

NSU was established in 1964 in Davie, Florida. Today, the school serves more than 24,000 students each year and offers some of the best online programs in the region. The school offers a master's of science in education with a specialization in curriculum, instruction, and technology. This program is ideal for either experienced teachers and administrators, or those with a bachelor’s degree who want to increase their knowledge of curriculum development and education. This degree is offered entirely online and combines research-based instruction methods and best teaching practices.

The online master's degree in curriculum and instruction consists of 36 credits, with foundational courses covering topics such as theories of learning, research in education, and assessment of learning. Students also enroll in specialized courses in media and educational technology, such as introduction to web authoring and web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning.

The program concludes with a final special topic project, which involves hands-on research and analysis on topics in curriculum design, planning, and organization. The curriculum includes two special topics courses: the first has students survey a broad range of curriculum issues, while the second course has them synthesize their own learning experiences throughout the program. They will also assemble a final portfolio representing their strongest work from throughout the program.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be considered, though it does not need to be in an education-related field. Unlike many comparable programs, NSU’s curriculum and instruction degree does not require applicants to hold teacher licensure. NSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: Fischler College of Education - Department of Higher Education Leadership & Instructional Technology
Program name: Master's of Science in Education
Available concentrations: Curriculum, instruction & technology
Accrediting body: NCATE
Tuition: $955/credit

Delivery
Format: Online or accelerated-pace cohort
Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 36 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 36 credits
Program start dates: Fall, winter, spring

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Rolling
GPA: 2.5 minimum

Contact
Department phone: (954) 262-8475
Department email: robt@nova.edu (J. Troy Robinson, Department Chair)
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16 Concordia University-Chicago 47.05 3/5 19% River Forest, IL

CUC is a private Lutheran college that was founded in 1864 in River Forest, Illinois. Today, the school serves more than 5,200 students each year and offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master's of arts in curriculum and instruction. The program emphasizes curriculum methods, education theory, and pedagogy. Graduates are prepared to pursue positions as teacher leaders and resource providers for curriculum development.

The program emphasizes current issues in education and focuses on education policy and reform in the United States. CUC offers a tuition guarantee, allowing students to pay the same rate throughout their tenure as long as they maintain continuous enrollment. The 30-credit curriculum and instruction master's degree can be completed in either 12 or 24 months, depending on whether a student is enrolled on a part-time or full-time basis. The curriculum includes courses on a variety of topics, such as foundations of American education, curriculum construction, and teacher as practitioner, along with more specialized topics such as studies in literacy and multiliteracies, special education curriculum, and data-driven decision making for teachers.

Students can choose to complete either a research or reflective experience for a final capstone project. The teacher as researcher course has students perform an action research project that focuses on both teaching skills and academic research and publishing, while the seminar in reflective practice class has students explore their own beliefs on teaching and develop their teaching process through self-analysis. All courses are offered in an asynchronous format, allowing students to complete coursework at their own pace. CUC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Department: College of Education
Program name: Master's of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: ESL education, bilingual education
Accrediting body: NCATE
Tuition: $477/credit

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 30 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 1-2 years
Program start dates: Fall, spring

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - August 15
GPA: 2.85 minimum

Contact
Department phone: (708) 957-5994
Department email: solena@graduateprogram.org (Sara O'Lena, Graduate Information Office)
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17 Emporia State University 46.95 3/5 20% Emporia, KS

ESU was established in 1863 in Emporia, Kansas. The school is a major center for education in the state, as 25% of Kansas school administrators hold at least one degree from The Teachers College at ESU. The school offers a master's in curriculum and instruction with three concentrations: curriculum leadership, effective practitioner, and national board certification. This program is ideal for a diverse range of educators, including those who want to improve their classroom performance and those who want to focus their career on curriculum development.

This 34-credit degree consists of 25 credits of core program courses, such as curriculum leadership, restructuring classrooms with technology, cultural awareness for educators, and analysis in research.

Students in each concentration complete nine credits of specialized courses focused around their area of interest. Curriculum leadership courses focus on the design, implementation, management, and assessment of curriculum programs in both public and private schools. Effective practitioner courses teach teachers how to develop classroom skills, though this track may also be relevant to teachers interested in moving into faculty development as well. The national board certification track prepares teachers for the review process that leads to national certification. Students in all tracks also complete a practicum experience that allows them to demonstrate their leadership abilities in a supervised educational setting. The practicum must be completed during either their final fall or spring semester of the program.

Students can transfer up to nine credits into the program from another institution, as long as they were earned with a "C" grade or higher. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their final undergraduate credits to be considered. They must also complete an essay describing their leadership skills, career goals, and motivations for attending graduate school. GRE and GMAT scores are not required for admission. Emporia State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Department: Department of School Leadership/Middle & Secondary Teacher Education
Program name: Master's of Science in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Curriculum leadership, effective practitioner, National Board Certification
Accrediting body: NCA
Tuition: $334/credit in-state; $457/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 34 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 34 credits
Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Rolling
GPA: 3.0 minimum for last 60 credits

Contact
Department phone: (877) 332-4249
Graduate programs email: gradinfo@emporia.edu
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18 Florida International University 44.66 3/5 52% Miami, FL

FIU was founded in 1965 in Miami, Florida, and is one of the best graduate research institutions in the state. Today, the school serves more than 3,400 students each year and offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master's of science in curriculum and instruction. This program teaches students how to serve diverse student populations, and the program emphasizes curriculum and instruction approaches that accommodate linguistically and culturally diverse learners.

This 36-credit program is offered in an accelerated format where students can enroll in six eight-week terms that allow them to earn their degree in just one year. Students enroll in four courses each semester, completing two courses every eight weeks. The program offers unique courses such as developing a global perspective, education of the child in urban society, and politics of curriculum, along with core courses like foundations of education research and curriculum design for childhood education. The degree concludes in an action research project, which allows students to identify and solve education issues in a classroom setting. Since the project requires hands-on experience, students will need access to a K-12 academic environment to complete their research.

All online students at FIU pay the same tuition rate, regardless of residency. Applicants to the master's of curriculum and instruction program must possess either valid teaching certification or a valid letter of eligibility and a passing score on the General Knowledge and Subject Area portions of the Teacher Certification Examination to be considered. FIU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Program name: Master's of Science in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Curriculum development
Accrediting body: NCATE
Tuition: $18,300

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 36 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 1 year
Program start dates: Fall, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - July 31
GPA: 3.0 minimum
Standardized tests: Teacher Certification Examination (only if applicant doesn't have a teaching certificate)
Work experience: Teaching certificate (only if applicant doesn't have passing scores on Teacher Certification Examination)

Contact
Department phone: (305) 348-3125
Online programs email: onlineprograms@fiu.edu
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19 University of Memphis 44.36 3/5 30% Memphis, TN

U of M offers a master's of science in instruction and curriculum leadership that is designed for students seeking advanced education skills, and is not intended for those seeking their first teacher certification. This 30-credit online master's in curriculum and instruction degree offers concentrations in instructional design and technology, school library information specialist, and reading. The program emphasizes how students acquire knowledge, how to adapt teaching techniques to students with different needs and backgrounds, and how to use and evaluate teaching strategies for maximum student impact.

The instructional design and technology program focuses on the use of technology in the classroom, training teachers to utilize technology tools in both curriculum planning and teaching. The school library track teaches students how to become expert librarians and media specialists, while the reading concentration prepares students to become literacy experts and advocates. This 30-credit program consists of three credits in educational research, 12 credits in their concentration area, and 15 credits in electives, which can be used to further specialize their studies.

Depending on a student's chosen concentration, they must complete either a master's project or an advanced practicum to conclude the program. The master’s project requires students to perform original research on a relevant education topic, while the practicum has them complete supervised work in a professional educational environment. Students can further specialize their degrees by pursuing certificates in fields such as literacy leadership, urban education, and autism studies. U of M is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Program name: Master's of Science in Instruction & Curriculum Leadership
Available concentrations: Early childhood education, instruction & curriculum leadership, instructional design & technology, reading education, special education
Accrediting body: SACSCOC
Tuition: $603/credit in-state; $1,091/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 30 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 30 credits
Program start dates: Fall, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Rolling
Standardized tests: GRE

Contact
Department phone: (901) 678-5093
Department email: acornels@memphis.edu (Annette Cornelius, Instructor)
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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20 The University of West Florida 44.22 3/5 47% Pensacola, FL

UWF is a space-grant institution that was founded in 1963 in Pensacola, Florida. Today, the school serves more than 13,000 students each year and offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master's of education in curriculum and instruction. The program is designed for both professional educators and aspiring teachers, allowing students to specialize in elementary, middle, or secondary education comprehensives. Graduates are prepared to pursue instructional and leadership roles at all levels of K-12 education. Students must also choose one of three cognates: reading endorsement, career and technical education, or instruction technology.

This fully accredited master's in education curriculum and instruction features a 21-credit core curriculum, with 12 credits dedicated to the department of teacher education and educational leadership core and nine credits to an educational investigative sequence. All remaining credits are allocated to the concentration cognate, which focuses on subject-specific instruction at the appropriate grade level.

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, but it is not intended to lead to initial teacher certification. Unlicensed teachers should consult with an academic adviser to determine their best path toward initial certification. Current teachers are also advised to meet with their school districts to determine whether this degree qualifies them for a salary increase. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit GRE or GMAT scores to be considered. Active duty or reserve military students can receive tuition waters to significantly reduce the cost of their education. UWF offers enrollment to students in every U.S. state except for Minnesota.


Program Overview
Department: College of Education & Professional Studies
Program name: Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Elementary education, middle level education, secondary education, reading instruction
Accrediting body: NCATE
Tuition: $437/credit

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 36 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 36 credits
Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - June 1; spring - October 1; summer - March 1
GPA: 3.0 minimum
Standardized tests: GRE, MAT, or GMAT
Work experience: Teaching certificate

Contact
Department phone: (850) 474-2870
Department email: cmanning@uwf.edu (Chastity Manning, Department Advisor)
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21 University of Hawaii at Manoa 44.19 3/5 13% Honolulu, HI

UHM is located in Manoa and is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii system. The school offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master's of education in curriculum studies. This program is perfect for teachers who are already licensed and who want to pursue curriculum and instruction jobs in K-12 education. Students choose one of three concentrations: literacy specialist, reading, or teacher leadership. This program does not lead to teacher certification, but the literacy specialist concentration can add a credential to a Hawaii teacher’s license.

The 30-credit program includes 12 credits dedicated to core studies in curriculum leadership, education research, and a curriculum seminar. The middle school track focuses on education practices for early adolescents from ages 10-15, while the secondary school track expands that range to include secondary students, covering ages 10-18. The literacy specialist concentration is an 18-credit graduate certificate that trains teachers to support all types of student literacies, including digital, visual, media, and critical. Coursework covers topics such as literacy assessment, literacy coaching, and new literacies leadership. Students who complete the certification can apply their credits toward the master's of curriculum and instruction degree.

Most classes are offered asynchronously online, allowing students to complete coursework at their own pace and on their own schedule. The program begins during the summer semester and can be completed in two years of part-time study. Students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of a "B" average throughout the program. UHM is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: College of Education & Curriculum Studies
Program name: Master's of Education in Curriculum Studies
Available concentrations: National Board Certification & teacher leader, education & leadership literacy specialist, STEMS 2, teacher leader (all K-12)
Accrediting body: NCATE
Tuition: $637/credit in-state; $1,532/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online or hybrid
Instruction style: Synchronous

Program Requirements
Prerequisites: Bachelor's in Education
Credit requirements: 30 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 30 credits
Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall/summer - March 1; spring - September 1
GPA: 3.0 minimum

Contact
Department phone: (808) 956-4401
Department email: csdept@hawaii.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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22 University of Nebraska at Kearney 43.98 3/5 32% Kearney, NE

UNK is located in Kearney, Nebraska, and is one of the topic public colleges in the Midwest. The school offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master's of arts in education: curriculum supervisor of academic area. This degree is intended for licensed teachers who hold a valid endorsement in an academic area and who have two years of teaching experience. The program prepares graduates to pursue careers as academic field supervisors with emphasis in a specific academic subject. The curriculum fulfills requirements for the Standard Administrative and Supervisory Certificate with endorsements in a subject field. A non-certification option is also available.

This 36-credit program includes six credits in foundational courses, introducing students to the social foundations of education and practice of educational research. Students take 30 credits of additional required courses that cover both educational theory and management strategies, from advanced educational psychology and curriculum planning to human resources management and administrative theory. Students must also complete an internship in an administrative educational setting, with most students performing internship hours at their current place of employment.

The master's of curriculum and instruction can be completed in two to three years of part-time study. Students can begin the program in either the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Out-of-state students should check with their state’s department of education to determine if UNK’s program meets certification requirements. Students with previous graduate-level experience can transfer as many as six credits of coursework toward their degree. UNK is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program name: Master's of Arts in Education
Available concentrations: Curriculum supervisor of academic area
Accrediting body: NCA
Tuition: $285/credit in-state; $454/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 36 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 36 credits
Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - June 15; spring - October 15; summer - March 15
Work experience: 2 years

Contact
Department phone: (308) 865-8927
Online programs email: ecampus@unk.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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23 University of Houston 43.39 3/5 35% Houston, TX

UH was founded in 1927 in Houston, Texas, and is now one of the largest schools in the state. The school offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master's of education in curriculum and instruction. This program prepares students for careers not only in teaching and academia, but also in military, business, health science, and community settings. Students can pursue one of four distinct concentrations: mathematics, design and technology, early education, or health science education. Many students also earn certificates in disciplines like educational graphics or online teaching and learning.

The mathematics and early education degrees are standard curriculum programs that train teachers for work in academic settings, while the health science and design/technology concentrations prepare graduates for more diverse teaching positions. The health science degree is relevant for medical, nursing, and dental professionals who want to teach in academic health settings, but it can also be useful for residents, researchers, program coordinators, and other professionals interested in academic medicine. The design and technology programs prepare teachers to use technology in academic settings and the private sector. Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of positions, such as instructional designer, technology specialist, and learning technologies manager.

All four degree tracks consist of 30 credits and can be completed in five semesters of part-time enrollment. Students must complete two professional seminars, focusing on education research and educational leadership, which are typically completed during the first two semesters of the program. They must also complete a capstone course during their final semester in the program. UH is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: College of Education
Program name: Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
Available concentrations: Mathematics education; learning, design, & technology; health science education; early childhood education
Accrediting body: SACSCOC
Tuition: $404/credit

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 30 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 30 credits
Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Fall - July 1
GPA: 3.0 minimum
Standardized tests: GRE

Contact
Department phone: (713) 743-3327
Online programs email: DEservices@uh.edu
Social media accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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24 Appalachian State University 42.76 3/5 13% Boone, NC

Appalachian State was founded in 1899 in Boone, North Carolina, as a teacher's college. Today, the school is a premier part of the University of North Carolina system and offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online master's of arts, curriculum specialist. The program prepares students to improve their instruction techniques by working with education administrators and school leaders. Graduates enter the workforce as experts in leadership, instruction, curriculum development, and staff development.

This online master's in curriculum and instruction program consists of 39 credit hours. Students take 34-36 credits of required courses, covering major topics such as diversity, supervision of instruction, teacher leadership and school improvement, and public school administration. The program also requires three to five hours of approved graduate electives. Students gain hands-on experience through a three-credit internship/practicum in either curriculum instruction or school administration. This requirement takes the place of a thesis or final examination.

Online students at Appalachian State are paired with an academic coordinator during admissions who will assist them throughout the program. An academic coordinator helps students access college resources, select courses, and ensure that they meet all graduation and other academic requirements. This program offers one start date per year in the fall. Out-of-state students should check with their state's department of education to determine whether this program meets state licensure requirements. Applicants must have both a bachelor’s degree and a state teaching license to be considered. Appalachian State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Department: Curriculum & Instruction
Program name: Master's of Arts - Curriculum Specialist
Accrediting body: SACSCOC
Tuition: $266/credit in-state; $925/credit out-of-state

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 39 credits

Program Length
Program options: Part-time
Program length: 39 credits
Program start dates: Fall

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: July 1
Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT
Work experience: Teaching license

Contact
Department phone: (828) 262-3113
Department email: zimmermnsj@appstate.edu (Dr. Sara Zimmerman, Department Chair)
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25 Concordia University-Nebraska 41.95 3/5 15% Seward, NE

CUNE was founded in 1894 in Seward, Nebraska, and is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The college offers a master's of education in curriculum and instruction that emphasizes five core concepts: educational leadership, lifelong learning, developing curriculum for diverse student populations, teaching strategies, and analyzing standard test data. The degree emphasizes professional development and academic inquiry and teaches students how to succeed as administrators and educational leaders. Students can choose concentrations in ESL/ELL or instructional leadership technology. The ESL program meets requirements for Nebraska’s ESL/ELL endorsement and prepares teachers to develop differentiated curricula that serve the needs of diverse students. The instructional technology program trains teachers to utilize technology in the classroom to improve students' learning processes. All three tracks are offered both entirely online and in a hybrid format.

These programs include 12-13 courses that are offered in eight-week sessions. The general degree includes 36 total credits, while both the ELL and instructional technology concentrations are comprised of 39 credits. All three tracks include a 12-credit common core and 21 credits of professional development coursework on topics like curriculum design, leadership development, educational research, and assessment analysis. The program concludes with a culminating capstone project that focuses on a student's personal interest areas as related to their improvement in two of the INTASC teaching standards. The ELL degree requires a larger six-credit capstone course. Both the general degree and the ELL degree also allows students to pursue a curriculum specialist endorsement, which requires an additional three-credit practicum course. This hands-on field experience includes 150 hours of supervised work in an educational setting. CUNE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program name: Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
Accrediting body: NCA
Tuition: $550/credit

Delivery
Format: Online or hybrid
Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

Program Requirements
Credit requirements: 36 credits

Program Length
Program options: Full-time or part-time
Program length: 36 credits
Program start dates: May 1, June 26, August 28, October 23, January 8

Admission Requirements
Application deadline: Rolling

Contact
Department phone: (888) 505-2863
Admissions email: GradAdmiss@cune.edu
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Students pursuing a curriculum and instruction master’s degree online through an accredited program will often have a range of concentrations, courses, and scheduling options to choose from. Program details may vary from school to school.

CONCENTRATIONS OFFERED FOR AN ONLINE MASTER’S DEGREE IN CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

Concentration Description Careers this concentration prepares for
Instructional Technology This concentration bridges the gap between technology and education. You’ll learn how to enhance the classroom experience through technology and how to design IT programs to meet school needs. Students will also learn how to stay up to date on educational technology. Instructional technology specialist and eLearning developer
Reading Education Develop the skills you need to guide students on their reading comprehension journeys. You’ll learn about the theories and foundations of reading instruction, how to design your own reading curriculum, and strategies for helping struggling readers. Reading specialist, school librarian
Gifted Education Help exceptionally bright students excel and explore in the classroom. This concentration usually covers topics like gifted instruction theories, how to identify gifted and talented students, and how to design gifted curriculum. Gifted teacher, gifted intervention specialist

CURRICULUM FOR AN ONLINE MASTER’S DEGREE IN CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

The coursework you choose to take during your curriculum and instruction master’s program will influence your career path. As you explore the best online master’s in curriculum and instruction programs, keep in mind that available courses will vary from program to program. A sample curriculum is available below:

  • Learning and Development Theories: To design effective school curriculum, you must possess a solid understanding of foundational educational and childhood developmental theories. This course will explore the relationship between learning and teaching and how you can influence student learning.
  • Teacher Leadership: How can teachers be leaders in and outside the classroom? In this course, you’ll explore policy issues facing public education today and how teachers can influence school policy on a local, state, and federal level.
  • Reading Diagnosis: In this course, you’ll learn how to interpret diagnostic data to determine a student’s reading comprehension level and how to use that data to design relevant curriculum. This course will be of special interest to students who want to pursue careers as reading education specialists.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN ONLINE MASTER’S IN CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION?

Dedicated students can often earn their online master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in just one year if they’re enrolled full time. Typically, a curriculum and instruction master’s degree requires 30 to 40 credits. Earning your online master’s degree in curriculum and instruction may take longer than a year if you enroll part time, don’t take classes during the summer semester, or try to earn additional certificates. A program following a cohort format can also make earning your degree a slower process. Programs that follow a cohort model require you to start the program at a certain time (typically the fall semester) and work through the program at the same rate as your peers. A program that encourages you to study at your own pace may allow you to take more credits during a semester, so you can earn your degree quicker. Keep these factors in mind as you try to determine the best online master’s in curriculum and instruction.

CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES A MASTER’S IN CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION PREPARES FOR

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement: Teachers who are interested in designing and implementing curriculum for non-native English speaking students can earn an endorsement or add-on certification for ESL. Endorsement requirements are set by state education departments. You can learn more about the process through the TESOL International Association website.
  • National Board Certification: The National Board Certification is one of the most respected certifications an instructor can have and shows their commitment to teaching. The NBC does not replace state teaching certification requirements, but the NBC’s stringent standards — which include passing an exam and submitting student work — will help teachers stand out in the field.

Accredited curriculum and instruction master’s programs will provide you the best value for your money, setting you up for success in the field. Accreditation indicates that a school can provide a quality education because it meets certain set standards. Typically, a school is either nationally accredited or regionally accredited. Regional accreditation is given to an institution that has met the standards of a regionally accredited association. National accreditation is usually reserved for institutions of higher learning that focus on a specific type of education, like distance learning or vocational training. Both types of accreditation are recognized in all U.S. states. The best online master’s in curriculum and instruction programs are more likely to be regionally accredited.

As you explore curriculum and instruction master’s programs you should also be aware of which programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The CAEP accredits programs aimed at P-12 educators by ensuring those programs meet high standards and provide evidence of student success.

Accreditation associations and other governmental and nonprofit organizations work together to establish the standards that institutions of higher learning must meet, including the Department of Education. The DOE approves accreditors deemed reliable by the Secretary of Education and can only provide financial aid to students who attend accredited institutions. Another organization related to accreditation is the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The CHEA advocates for self regulation among accredited institutions of higher learning to maintain high standards. Over 3,000 colleges and universities are members of the CHEA. For a list of accredited schools visit the the DOE and CHEA websites.