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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Design and develop instructional materials and curricula that engages young learners and improves student outcomes.

Degrees & Offerings
  • M.Ed.
  • Online
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M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction Program Details

  • Program Focus – Designed to enhance the professional curricular and instructional competencies of individuals who work with children, youth, and adults.
  • Program Flexibility – Available 100% online​, and applications are accepted for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.
  • Coursework – Program includes 10 courses - 30 credits.
  • 6 Tracks – Personalize your degree through one of six tracks: Alternative Education; Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Wellness Endorsement; English as a Second Language Certification; E-Learning Specialist Certification; Instructional Game Design Certification; or an Interest-Based Track.
  • PDE Required Credits – Earn PDE 24 required credits instructional licensure while earning a master’s degree.
  • Become a Master Teacher – Enhance your knowledge and skills- moving you more towards becoming a master teacher​ and a leader in your school.
  • Individualized Curriculum – Enables students to pursue 12 additional semester hours of graduate study tailored to their needs and interests.
  • Field-Based Approach – The program's field-based approach ensures the needs of school-based faculty are continually addressed through faculty involvement.

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Courses and Curriculum

Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, you must:

  • Have a 3.0 undergraduate QPA.
  • Submit a statement of professional goals.
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a resume.
  • Submit scores on the PRAXIS in your subject matter field or GRE or GMAT scores or teaching credential.
  • Schedule an interview with the program coordinator to clarify program requirements, discuss goals, evaluate academic records, and outline a long-range program.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements may be admitted non-degree upon the approval of the Graduate Advisory Board. The non-degree designation must be eliminated after completion of 12 semester hours in which a QPA of 3.0 or better is earned. No Cs may be earned during this period.

A minimum of 30 credits are required for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction without Certification.

The following courses are required:

EDL 502 Data Driven Decisions

EDL 503 School Law and Finance

EDL 505 Curriculum Theory and Design

PROFSTUD 591 Research in Education OR EDL 590 Educational Research

Elective Concentration (18 credits)
*Departmental Paper Required

Curriculum and Instruction Retention

  • Graduate students must take a minimum of nine semester hours per calendar year and a QPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained. Students not taking a minimum of nine semester hours per calendar year will be considered inactive after two years.
  • Only courses with a minimum grade of C are considered applicable to this program.
  • Transfer credits up to nine semester hours from accredited institutions may, upon approval, be accepted toward completing the degree requirements of this program. However, no courses will be transferred in which a grade less than a B was earned. Pass/fail grades are not accepted.

Curriculum and Instruction Program Completion

  • Graduate students complete 30 semester hours of approved coursework, a departmental paper, and apply for graduation. All deficiencies, monetary and academic, must be satisfied before the degree can be granted. A candidate for a master's degree must complete the student portion of the Application for Graduation, sign the form and submit it to your program coordinator for verification of degree requirements.
  • After approval, the application is submitted to the registrar by the following deadlines for each graduation:
    • May graduation — March 15
    • August graduation — April 1
    • December graduation — October 15
  • Form must be received in the registrar's office by those dates. If not, names will not appear in the commencement program and the diploma may be delayed.
  • Q: Do I need full-time teaching experience in order to apply?
    A: No full-time teaching experience is required for admission. Applicants do need to have their PA Instructional certificate.
  • Q: How long does it take students to finish the program?
    A: The master’s degree includes 30 credits and typically takes most students roughly 18 - 24 months to complete.
  • Q: How is the program delivered?
    A: The program is delivered 100% online through synchronous classes. Courses are typically offered during the evening, from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
  • Q: When can I start?
    A: Applications are accepted for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.
  • Q: Do I need to take the GRE in order to apply?
    A: No- the GRE is not required for admission
  • Acquire and apply knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research and apply data driven decisions through action research.  

  • Acquire and apply knowledge of curriculum design, development, evaluation, modification, and types of curriculum. 

  • Acquire knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations for school operations.  

  • Acquire and apply knowledge of leadership and ethics.  

  • Acquire knowledge of effective stewardship of various resources: financial, time, human capital, etc.  

  • Additional outcomes are based upon the concentration chosen by the student. 


Distinct Tracks
Including: Alternative Education, Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Wellness, English as a 2nd Language, E-Learning Specialist, Instructional Game Design, and an Interest-Based Track
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100% Online
Delivered 100% online
through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes

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