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 reach does not always translate into impact because the challenges that educators around the world face are profound indeed. The MBA/MEd program is designed to address this problem by preparing leaders to 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 full-time program is a venture between two leading schools at the University of Virginia (the Curry School of Education and Human Development and the Darden School of Business) that integrates two courses of study (education and business) and combines two different approaches to learning (online at Curry and in-person at Darden).

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 complete 24 credits of online graduate coursework and a final Comprehensive Examination. Students also receive 6 credits for completing all required coursework at Darden, for a total of 30 credits at Curry. At Darden, students complete 52.5 credits of graduate coursework and receive 7.5 credits for completing all required coursework at Curry, for a total of 60 credits.

    Required Curry Courses (12 credits)

    • EDIS 5025: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
    • 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 (12 credits)

    • 3 credits from one elective course in Curry's Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. To fulfill this requirement, students may choose to take EDIS 6880 Masters Comprehensive in Curriculum and Instruction, the capstone MEd course that supports students as they complete the Comprehensive Exam.
    • 9 credits from an additional Area of Emphasis of your choosing: Diversity, Educational Policy, English as a Second Language, Higher Education, Instructional Technology, Literacy, Social and Emotional Learning, Social Foundations, or Special Education.

    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 online courses - EDIS 7805, EDIS 5025, and one self-selected course
    • Darden: Darden Before Darden (optional)

    Year 1

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

    Summer 2

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

    Year 2

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

    Total: 30 credits earned for Curry
    (Students complete 24 credit-hours of coursework at Curry and receive 6 credits for completing all required coursework at Darden. Students also complete 52.5 credit-hours of coursework at Darden and receive 7.5 credits for completing all required coursework at Curry, for a total of 60 credits earned at Darden.)

    Option 2: Fall Start

    Year 1

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

    Summer 2

    • Curry: 2-3 online courses - EDIS 7805, EDIS 5025, and 0-1 self-selected courses
    • Darden: Summer internship

    Year 2

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

    Total: 30 credits earned for Curry
    (Students complete 24 credit-hours of coursework at Curry and receive 6 credits for completing all required coursework at Darden. Students also complete 52.5 credit-hours of coursework at Darden and receive 7.5 credits for completing all required coursework at Curry, for a total of 60 credits earned at Darden.)

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Students in the MBA/MEd program are required to apply separately for admission to Curry and to Darden. Students typically apply and are admitted to Darden before applying to Curry.

    Darden MBA application process.

    Prerequisites
    Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Applicants are NOT required to have prior teaching experience, although preference will be given to those with education-related professional experience.

    Admission Requirements
    See this link for detailed instructions for applying to the MBA/MEd program. Please note that you will need to write a separate goal statement for Curry but that you can use some of the other materials that you submitted to Darden for your Curry application as well. Please contact Matthew Wheelock for additional guidance.

  • 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.

  • Tuition & Funding

    Tuition:  The tuition that students pay to Darden covers all courses taken (at either Darden or Curry) during the regular academic year.  Students pay the online rate for Curry courses taken during the summer (see Curry's Tuition & Fees webpage for details).

    Funding:  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.

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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.