MBA/MEd in Curriculum & Instruction


The Curry School of Education and Human Development and the Darden School of Business are partnering to provide studies designed for the next generation of leaders – those who will transform education in the United States and around the world.

Few roles in society provide the reach that educators have into, quite literally, millions of lives. But as the problems in the U.S. and other global education systems mount, they know that more needs to be done to make their reach effective. The Curry School of Education and Human Development and the Darden School of Business are partnering to develop studies designed for the next generation of leaders—those who will innovate and transform education around the world.

Schools—including public, charter, private and non-traditional learning spaces—are all struggling to fulfill their most important responsibility: educating our children. They need leaders. We shape leaders.

This area of concentration is a venture between two leading schools at the University of Virginia: the Darden School of Business and the Curry School of Education and Human Development. This is a full-time program offered in Charlottesville only.

Program Details


  • Program Overview

    Purpose:

    Curry prepares program graduates to utilize an innovator’s mindset to improve educational opportunities and outcomes in schools and other learning environments.  An innovator’s mindset is one that tackles long-standing educational problems by developing creative, informed, and actionable solutions that are carefully designed to respond to those problems and are more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing approaches.

    Focus:

    Students build a deep understanding of three critical aspects of educational innovation: historical antecedents (major past efforts to improve education and their implications for today); present-day promise (significant efforts now underway and their successes and struggles); and leadership lessons (strategies to drive educational change from both inside and outside schools).  Then, as a final capstone, students design and implement an educational innovation for a specific school or other education-related setting.  Program students complement this required course sequence with four electives of their choosing.

    Approach:

    Innovation courses explore both the theoretical frameworks (such as those put forth by Dewey, Bruner, and Christensen) that have underpinned key educational innovation efforts, as well as major examples of real-world practice (from the Common Schools to modern EdTech) that have sought to transform learning.  They also incorporate a sequence of major projects that help students build the knowledge and skills needed to spearhead effective educational innovations after they complete the program.  

    Requirements:

    At Curry, students will complete 24 credits of online graduate coursework and a final Comprehensive Examination. Students will also petition to transfer 6 credits from approved graduate work at Darden or other related graduate coursework, for a total of 30 credits.

    Required Program Courses at Curry (9 credits)

    • EDIS 7805: Past as Prologue: What’s Old Is New in Educational Innovation?
    • EDIS 7815: What’s (Really) Working? Case Studies of Contemporary Innovation
    • EDIS 7890: Innovation in Action: Envisioning and Creating Change (Capstone practicum)  

    Required Program Course at Darden

    • GBUS 8268: Leadership & Innovation in Education

    Elective Courses (15 credits)

    • 6 credits from courses in Curry's Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
    • 9 credits from an additional Area of Emphasis of your choosing: Diversity, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Instructional Technology, or Social Foundations

    Comprehensive Examination: Capstone paper written during final semester synthesizing content knowledge and skills gained during the program.

    School-Based Opportunities:

    The final Required Program Course at Curry is a practicum that places you in a school or other educational setting where you can apply the ideas you learn during your studies at Curry and Darden into education-related settings.

    Sample Schedules:

    Option 1: Summer Start

    Summer 1

    • Curry: 3 courses - EDIS 7805 and two self-selected courses
    • Darden: Darden Before Darden (optional)

    Year 1

    • Curry: 1 course - EDIS 7815, during the spring semester
    • Darden: Full-time student
    • Joint: Monthly coffee series - Emerging Trends in Educational Innovation

    Summer 2

    • Curry: (optional) 1 self-selected course
    • Darden: Summer internship

    Year 2

    • Curry: 3 (or 4 if needed) courses - EDIS 7890, and two (or three) self-selected courses
    • Darden: Full-time student (including GBUS 8268)
    • Joint: Monthly coffee series - Emerging Trends in Educational Innovation

    Total: 30 credits earned for Curry
    (Students will petition to transfer 6 credits from approved graduate work at Darden or other related graduate coursework.)

    Option 2: Fall Start

    Year 1

    • Curry: 1 course - EDIS 7815 (during the spring semester)
    • Darden: Full-time student
    • Joint: Monthly coffee series - Emerging Trends in Educational Innovation

    Summer 2

    • Curry: 1-3 courses - EDIS 7805 and 0-2 self-selected courses
    • Darden: Summer internship

    Year 2

    • Curry: 4-6 (as needed) courses - EDIS 7890 and 3-to-5 self-selected courses
    • Darden: Full-time student (including GBUS 8268)
    • Joint: Monthly coffee series - Emerging Trends in Educational Innovation

    Total: 30 credits earned for Curry
    (Students will petition to transfer 6 credits from approved graduate work at Darden or other related graduate coursework.)

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Students will apply and be admitted to the Darden School before applying to the Curry School of Education and Human Development. There is no specific application deadline for admission into the Curry M.Ed. dual degree program. Once accepted into Darden’s MBA program, applications to Curry are reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Darden MBA application process.

    The M.Ed. at the Curry School is offered as an online program through the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education.  The M.Ed in Innovation in Education:

    1. Is flexible in terms of specialization areas and affords opportunities for addressing choices for satisfying degree requirements;
    2. Is designed to match students with Curry advisors to help forge meaningful connections between the content of the two degree programs; 
    3. Does NOT require prior teaching experience, although preference will be given to those with education-related professional experience;
    4. Will accept the GMAT in lieu of the GRE exam requirement, making the application process more efficient.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Application Due Date

    Students can begin the Dual Degree program during either the summer term or the fall term.  Note: Fall entry into the program requires coursework during the summer after the first program year and/or a particularly heavy workload during the second year.

    Summer entry applicants: Submit applications to Curry by March 15th for the first review of applications. Applications will be accepted until May 1 on a space-available basis.

    Fall entry applicants:  Submit applications to Curry by April 15th. Applications will be accepted until June 1 on a space-available basis.

  • 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 typically complete the program in two years.

    Semester of Entry:

    Summer: Students take 3 online classes during the summer prior to starting the Darden MBA program.

    or 

    Fall: Darden students apply to Curry during their first quarter at Darden and take their first Curry course during the spring.  Note: Fall entry into the program requires coursework during the summer after the first program year and/or a particularly heavy workload during the second year.

    Full or Part Time:  Full time, concurrent with Darden MBA program

  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    Our graduates assume leadership roles in a wide array of sectors, including charter school networks, public school districts, nonprofit organizations, and educational consulting firms.

  • In the News

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 http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.