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Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed)

The Master of Education Program in Curriculum and Instruction is a student-centered, performance-based program designed to develop an advanced knowledge base for understanding the interaction of theory and practice in culturally diverse, metropolitan, educational settings. Graduate students will engage in field activities and reflective inquiry as they explore theoretical and practical content in their specific areas of interest.

Degree Requirements

  • All programs must include a minimum of 36 graduate hours.
  • All master’s candidates must complete 3 hours of Education Foundations and Research. This is most often accomplished by taking EDFR 6700.
  • Three additional courses are required in all programs of study: EDSP 6964 (Fundamentals of Technology, EDSP 6981 (Contemporary Issues), and EDSP 6060 (Action Research).
  • A minimum of 18 hours of coursework offered through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and/or the Department of Special Education must be included.
  • All courses must be at the 5000-level or higher.
  • At least 27 hours must be taken at the 6000-level.

Admissions Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better
  • A valid teaching certificate (If a student has an out-of-state certificate, he/she must register at or send an electronic copy via e-mail ( to the Graduate Studies Coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction)
  • A 3.0 GPA cumulative average on graduate courses taken prior to application
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores of 143 or higher on the Verbal, 138 or higher on the Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and 3.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing section on the exam. GRE scores must be within the last five years.
  • Availability through PK-12 employment or schedule flexibility to complete all required field activities in school settings


The M. Ed. Degree in Curriculum and Instruction is a 36 credit-hour program. Candidates choose a program of study from one of the following areas:

  • Academically Gifted Add-on Certification
  • Early Interventionist Add-on Certification
  • English as a Second Language Add-on Certification
  • Mild Moderate 1-5 Add-on Certification
  • Mild Moderate 6-12 Add-on Certification
  • Reading Specialist Add-on Certification
  • Advanced Exploration.

Candidate Assessment Information

In addition to course grades as reflected through the graduate student’s GPA, the Master of Education (M. Ed.) Program contains three required assessment points:

  1. admission,
  2. a mid-program assessment consisting of a research paper and oral examination (EDSP 6981), and
  3. a final program assessment consisting of an Action Research Project and Oral Examination (EDSP 6060).