M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (Online)

Our students learn research-based strategies and best practices for developing effective instructional programs, through top-ranked curriculum and top-tier faculty, in an interactive flexible online experience – all at a lower than average tuition rate for both in-state and out-of-state students.

Master's degree offered full-time in 1 year, or part-time.

*** Priority Deadline: November 20

The Curry School is pleased to offer a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction entirely online. This program is designed for individuals who want to make a difference in educational settings by developing more effective instructional practices and better curriculum development strategies.

Earn your degree from a top ranked institution offering the best education available, through a convenient online environment working when and where you want, on a full time or part-time basis – all at a lower than average online tuition rate. You may also choose a 15 credit area of focus from:

  • Literacy
  • Gifted Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Instructional Technology
  • Science Education
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (BCBA)
  • Special Education
  • Social Foundations

After completing the program, you will be able to:

  • Align assessments with learning needs and/or desired performance, curriculum, and instruction.
  • Apply a variety of theoretically-informed, research-based instructional strategies and models.
  • Accommodate the many forms of diversity that be should represented in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Identify the impact of globalization and technology on curriculum and instruction designed for all ages.
  • Infuse educational practices that encourage equity and access for all learners.
  • Challenge yourself to become a better educator while increasing your future earning potential with a Master’s degree from a top-ranked institution and program.

The Curry online difference

  • We offer a lower than average online tuition rate, and discounted tuition rate for Virginia K-12 educators.
  • Choose a 15 credit focus from the following areas: Reading Education; Gifted Education; English Language Learners; Instructional Technology
  • We teach the same robust curriculum online as is taught in the classroom.
  • Courses are taught by faculty with years of experience and depth of expertise, with a strong commitment to students’ education and personal development.
  • Our intimate class sizes allow for ease of interaction and robust sharing of ideas.
  • Enjoy the flexibility and convenience of completely online learning using engaging state-of-the-art online instructional techniques.
  • Take the program either full time or part time.

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Program Details

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the M.Ed 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, and unofficial transcripts (updated to the application). Official test scores from ETS must be sent to the University of Virginia (5820) by the application deadlines.

    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.

    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 (Begin with EDIS 5025 and the first course from chosen area of emphasis. Do not take EDIS 7810 before being admitted to the program.) 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.

    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, Priority Deadline: November 20
    • 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.

    Comprehensive Exam Information

  • Course Overview

    Curriculum and Instruction Required Core Classes (for each focus area)

    • EDIS 8800 – Principles of Curriculum Design
    • EDIS 7070 - Instructional Materials Design
    • EDIS 5025 - Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction OR EDIS 5075: Online Instruction for K-12 (select one)
    • EDIS 7810 – Classroom Assessment
    • EDIS 5422 – Education Across Cultures

    Focus Area Courses:

    Science Education

    • EDIS 5036- Trends and Issues in Science Education 
    • EDIS 5037- Science Inquiry Models
    • EDIS 5038- Science Instruction Technologies
    • EDIS 5039- Science Curriculum Design for Diverse Learners/Settings
    • EDIS 5053- Science Education Leadership

    Gifted Education

    Take these courses in sequence (not more than 2 concurrently):

    • EDIS 772- Intro to the Gifted*
    • EDIS 7250- Models and Strategies for Teaching the Gifted*
    • EDIS 7270- Differentiation of Instruction for Gifted Learners*
    • EDIS 7230- Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented*

    *Course may also be used toward Virginia add-on endorsement in Gifted Education. Note that these will be changing as of August 2019 due to new VDOE endorsement regulations.

    Take at any point:

    • EDIS 5000- The Exceptional Learner OR EDIS 7280- Creativity and Problem Solving

    English as a Second language (ESL) **

    (Add-on endorsement possible. Choose 5 of the 6 courses; consult advisor April Salerno)

    • EDIS 5423 – English Linguistics
    • EDIS 5424 – ESL Methods
    • EDIS 5470 – ESL Assessment and Curriculum Design
    • EDIS 5480 – Modern Language Technology Methods and Second Language Acquisition
    • EDIS 5270 – Teaching Reading and Writing for ELLs
    • EDIS 7700 – Foundations of Reading Instruction



    • EDIS 7700 – Foundations of Reading Instruction 
    • EDIS 7720 – Word Study: Language Structures & Phonics
    • EDIS 7710 – Reading in the Content Area

    Choose TWO Electives from the following. (Please consult with your advisor.):

    • EDIS 7310- Children's Literature
    • EDIS 5410- Young Adult Literature
    • EDIS 5435- Writing Across the Curriculum
    • EDIS 7751- Literacy Leadership and Coaching

    Instructional Technology

    • EDIS 7000 – Instructional Design
    • EDIS 5075 – Online Instruction for K-12
    • EDIS 7010 – Computer Courseware Tools
    • EDIS 7072 – Performance Improvement
    • EDIS 7076 - Technology, Learning Systems & Culture

    Board Certified Behavior Analyst

    • EDIS 5133: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
    • EDLF 7330: Single Case research Design
    • EDIS 5134: Behavior Observations and Analysis
    • EDIS 5136: Ethics of Behavior Analysts
    • EDIS 5135: Behavioral Intervention
    • EDIS 5137: Explicit Instruction

    * All courses must be taken in order except EDLF 7330 and EDIS 5137

    Special Education

    • EDIS 5001- Legal Foundations of Special Education
    • EDIS 5142- IEP Development and Implementation
    • EDIS 5060- Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education
    • EDIS 5230- Reading and Writing Instruction for Special Education
    • EDIS 5040- Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education (elementary add-on) OR EDIS 5143- Transition Planning (middle or secondary add-on)

    Social Foundations

    • EDLF 7601- Social Foundations of Education 
    • EDLF 7602- History of Education
    • EDLF 7603- Philosophy of Education
    • EDLF 7604- Sociology of Education
    • EDLF 7605- Anthropology of Education
    • EDLF 7630- Education in Multicultural Societies: Global Perspectives 

    M. Ed 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 from each of the four “pillars” of the program which cover Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Diversity . The additional 15 credits are earned from the student's chosen focus area of Literacy, Gifted Education, English as a Second Language, Science Education, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, or Instructional Technology.

    * Students who wish to concentrate more fully in Reading may do so online as well. Detailed information on the MEd in C&I - Reading is located here.

    ** The VDOE has recently changed ESL endorsement requirements. Course offerings are currently under revision to align with these changes. Students with individual questions may talk to an advisor.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • Tuition & Funding

    Information on tuition may be found on Curry's Tuition & Fees webpage.

    Funding Opportunities

    Students who maintain at least consistent half-time enrollment may apply for federal financial aid. 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.

  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    Curriculum & Instruction careers range from curriculum development to teacher training. They include assessing classroom offerings, helping to meet school goals, and working to implement changes in curriculum. This type of educator can enrich students’ lives by researching new methods of instruction and observing current teaching models to determine what is, and is not, working, then replacing flawed curriculum to improve the quality of schools.

    Curriculum development is essential in PreK–12 public or private schools, adult education programs, alternative schools, charter schools, community or technical colleges, continuing education programs, and state education departments. Curry graduates have also taken positions in government agencies, foundations, museums, and a number of military personnel have assumed instructional positions at military training sites.

    While this degree does not yield licensure required for most public school teaching assignments, it does provide students with a broad-based exploration of topics related to curriculum, instruction, assessment and the diverse context of learners from young children through adults in traditional and non-traditional learning experiences.

    Information on teacher licensure in Virginia

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.