Curriculum and Instruction Graduate

Advanced training for leaders, scholars and practitioners in education

In-depth education to strengthen your knowledge of curriculum and instruction.


Elementary Education: Master of Arts

This advanced degree program is intended to provide the classroom teacher the opportunity to study in greater depth all curriculum and instructional areas related to teaching in elementary schools. It strengthens teaching skills and exposes the teacher to a variety of materials and programs used in elementary schools. Students can specialize in:

*Not currently accepting students for the M.A. in Elementary Education with no specialization. A specialization must be chosen.

  • Early childhood education
  • Science, technology or math
  • English language learning
  • Reading specialist/literacy coach

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Secondary Education: Master of Arts

The secondary education master's degree program is available for secondary school personnel who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and the skills necessary for leadership roles in education. Each student's interests, background and needs are considered when designing the individual's program of study. Students can specialize in:

*Not currently accepting students for the M.A. in Secondary Education with no specialization. A specialization must be chosen.

  • English language learning
  • Science, technology or math

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Special Education: Master of Arts

Most students seek the master's degree in special education while pursuing certification in one or more areas. This degree is flexible and provides additional opportunities for those not needing or wanting certification. Students can specialize in:

  • Advanced specialist in disabilities
  • Early childhood special education
  • Multicategorical special education K-12

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Technology for Education and Training: Master of Science

A TET degree prepares educators to be successful with the integration of available and emerging technologies. This program focuses on an instructional systems approach and the principles of learning design. By capitalizing on their content expertise, students will further develop their skills to apply technological tools to the learning process.

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Curriculum and Instruction: Doctor of Education

Advanced programs beyond the master's degree are designed to provide the necessary background and professional expertise for students planning to go into university teaching, supervisory work in schools, curriculum planning, consultant work or similar positions. Ninety semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree are required for the Ed.D. degree.

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Admission Requirements

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
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  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and official transcripts of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required for all students
  4. Three letters of recommendation (excluding the graduate certificate applicants)
    Letter of Recommendation Form
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Official copy of GRE or Millers Analogy Test score (for Ed.D. only)
  7.  Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Curriculum and Instruction in the current graduate catalog.

Additional Program Admission Requirements:

  • Applicant for the Literacy Leadership and Coaching certificate program must be a practicing teacher who has completed a master's degree in elementary education/reading specialist, curriculum leaders and/or certified reading specialist.
  • All applicants must have a teaching license for all programs except the M.A. in multi-categorical special education, and the M.S. in TET.

Application Deadline:

  • Eight weeks before classes start

Online and Off-Campus Options


The Classroom & Beyond

  • Qualified students may be able to get financial assistance and additional experience through graduate assistantships. You can apply through the Graduate School for opportunities within the School of Education.

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  • Certificates

    Our division offers a variety of certificates for individuals seeking to improve their assessment skills, explore methods for teaching STEM and learn about teaching diverse student populations.