M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

This graduate-level program, offered in Charlottesville only, is designed for individuals who want to broaden their knowledge of curriculum and instruction in support of improving education in the United States. Our graduates go on to a wide range of fulfilling careers.

We are not accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Please consider applying for the 2020-2021 school year when those applications are available. Interested in being an online student? The online M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction is accepting applications!

The study of Curriculum and Instruction offered through the Curry School of Education and Human Development 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).

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

– Nick Langsdorf, Alumnus, M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction

This rigorous 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, and Science Education. Those who already hold initial licensure may complete coursework needed for endorsements in Gifted Education, ESOL, or Algebra I.

A successful M.Ed. 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.

Program Life

The M.Ed. 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 M.Ed. to better understand the broad landscape surrounding curriculum and instruction in American schools. In short, there is no one “typical” M.Ed. 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.

Program Details

  • 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 following 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.
    • If a B+ or better is not achieved in one of both of the required classes, you will need to submit GRE scores with your application.

    As you choose your courses for alternative admission, be aware of the different program strands.  You may take two general classes (EDIS 5422: Education Across Cultures and/or EDIS 5025 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction K-12) or one class in your interest area (Instructional Technology—EDIS 7000 Introduction to Instructional Technology; Gifted Education—EDIS 7220 Introduction to the Gifted; English Language Learners—EDIS 5423 English Linguistics; or Reading—EDIS 7700 Foundations of Reading Education).

    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)

    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
    • Fall entry: April 15th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until June 1st
    • Spring entry: December 15th
    • Summer entry: March 15th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until May 1st

    Decisions will be available 6 weeks after the deadline.

    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.

  • 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.

    Comprehensive Exam Information

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