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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

The study of Curriculum and Instruction offered through the Curry School of Education is a program area specialty within the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. We strive to provide students with a strong foundational knowledge of principles of curriculum and instruction and the opportunity to explore concepts from the field of educational assessment. Through this work, we encourage students to be attentive to the needs of a wide spectrum of unique learners who are situated within diverse learning environments (inside and outside of classrooms in PK-12 schools).

The MEd program is designed for individuals who want to broaden their knowledge of curriculum and instruction in support of improving education in the United States. The program is designed to help our students make a difference through knowledge, reflection, and action. This rigorous, graduate-level program is designed to deepen understanding within curriculum and instruction and may also include optional areas of emphasis. These optional areas are English Education, Gifted Education, Instructional Technology, Mathematics Education, Reading Education, Science Education, and Social Studies Education. Those who already hold initial licensure may complete coursework needed for endorsements in Gifted Education, ESOL, or Algebra I.

A successful MEd candidate is planning a career that builds upon tenets of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Diversity and is interested in theory and conceptual work. Candidates see opportunities beyond graduation to analyze and apply ideas about Curriculum and Instruction in a variety of educational venues, including classrooms.

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Program Life

The MEd C&I degree is flexible and adaptable to a variety of individual student needs. Students often complete this degree after earning a teaching license in order to polish their skills related to curriculum, teaching, and learning. Some students enter this program before beginning their teaching, while others complete it during their teaching career. Many students seek to work in a variety of non-classroom teaching roles such as non-profit organizations, educational publishing and product development groups, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These students seek the MEd to better understand the broad landscape surrounding curriculum and instruction in American schools. In short, there is no one “typical” MEd student; we view this as an important feature of the program.

Note: This program will not prepare students to be a classroom teacher and will not yield teacher licensure. For more information about license-yielding programs, please see our Master in Teaching for more information.

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the MEd program. These include successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, two recommendations solicited through the online application from faculty and/or employers, a goal statement (1 to 2 pages), and unofficial transcripts (updated to the application). Once admitted, official transcripts will be required.

Prospective students may be admitted by submitting GRE scores or by using one of the alternative procedures described below:

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must meet Curry targets for admission—450/150 verbal, 530/145 math, 4.0 writing - and be no more than 5 years old. Unofficial test scores will be accepted for the application; however, once admitted official scores will be required.

TOEFL or IELTS scores (required only for international students) must be no more than two years old.  Expected scores include paper-based TOEFL (600), computer-based TOEFL (250), IELTS (7.0), IBT TOEFL (at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening, for a total of 90).

Alternative Procedures (in place of GRE scores; choose one of the options below):

  • Submit evidence of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.
  • Take two of the degree’s required courses as a non-degree student, passing both with a B+ or better, and submit a writing sample that will be scored via rubric for writing expectations. Writing Sample Instructions.

Note: Applicants applying to the Darden Curry Dual Degree program can substitute the GMAT for the GREs. (For more information on the Dual Degree program requirements, please see the MBA/M.Ed. page)

Application Due Date

-Fall entry: July 15
-Spring entry: December 15
-Summer entry: May 15

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at the 5000 level or above. Up to 6 graduate credits taken prior to admission may be counted toward the degree, if not counted toward the applicant’s undergraduate degree and if relevant to the program of curriculum and instruction. Program completers must also pass a comprehensive exam. The program-area handbook provides additional information about requirements and resources available to students.

Funding Opportunities

Students may apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid webpage.

Typical Length of Study

Students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis. All requirements, including the comprehensive exam, must be completed within a 5-year period. Students enrolled on a full-time basis typically complete program requirements during a single academic year. It is also possible to defer admission and begin within one calendar year of the admission date.

Semester of Entry:

Students apply to enter the MEd program in summer, fall, or spring sessions.

Full or Part Time:

Full- or part-time enrollment is available.

Course Overview

MEd students are required to successfully complete 30 hours of graduate study at the 5000 level or beyond. Fifteen (15) credits must be earned within the core requirements and students must take a minimum of one class from each of the four “pillars” of the program. A second course from one of the pillars is recommended to create a 15-hour core. Coursework selections are based on students’ prior experiences and desired educational goals.


EDIS 7800      Fundamentals of Curriculum

EDIS 8800      Principles of Curriculum Design

EDIS 8820      Curriculum Theory

EDIS 5500      Educational Simulations and Video Games


EDIS 5055      Models of Instruction

EDIS 5041      Behavior and Classroom Management (second course)

EDIS 5071      Content Area Reading

EDLF 7390     Differentiated Instruction

EDLF 7280     Creativity and Problem Solving (second course)


EDLF 7180     Tests & Measurements

EDIS 5500      Assessment of Curriculum, K-12 (EDIS 8800 prerequisite)

EDLF 7402     Program Evaluation


EDIS 5500      Education Across Cultures

EDLF 5500     Globalization and Education

EDLF 7605     Anthropology of Education

EDLF 7606     Comparative Education

EDIS 8855      Education and Diversity

Concentration Coursework

Advisors assist students in selecting 15 hours of concentration coursework to create an area of specialization from existing graduate courses. In addition, a concentration can be established within one of the pillars (curriculum, instruction, assessment, and diversity) or in English education, Foreign Language Education/ESOL, gifted education, mathematics education, science education or social studies education.

Times Offered

Courses for the M.Ed. are offered at various times during the day, late afternoon, and evening to accommodate for various students' needs. For on-grounds courses, Curry follows the University schedule of courses. Therefore, courses offered follow 50-minute sessions on Monday-Wednesday-Friday; 90-minute sessions Tuesday-Thursday; or 2.5 hour sessions in the late afternoon or evening blocks.

Online Courses

We do offer a completely online Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed. Click here for more information.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 6 credit hours can be transferred in to the program if the course is determined by the advisor to meet a number of conditions (e.g., graduate-level, is equivalent in rigor and focus to a course offered in the program of study, the student earned a grade of B- or higher, and the course was successfully completed less than 5 years from the date of admission to the program).

Class Sizes

Most of the courses at Curry offer small class sizes and a low faculty to student ratio. The small class sizes allow for personal connections among faculty and students.

Sample Jobs After Graduation

Upon graduation, typical MEd graduates in Curriculum and Instruction secure jobs as general educators, or depending upon certifications earned, specialists in a related field. Program graduates have taken positions in museums, private schools, foundations, school districts, and government agencies. A number of military personnel have assumed instructional positions at military training sites.  

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at

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Nick Langsdorf
M.Ed Curriculum & Instruction

"I can say with absolute certainty that [my Curry and Peace Corps experiences] already made me a better teacher and a better person."

Contact Us

Susan Mintz
Bavaro Hall 315 
(434) 924-3128

Locations Offered

  • Charlottesville

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