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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.