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 part time within 5 years, or full time for 2 semesters + 1 summer.

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. This program does not yield licensure. If you wish to add-on an endorsement in Gifted Education or ESL, please speak to an advisor.

Earn your degree from a top ranked institution offering the best education available, through a rigorous 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 choose a 15 credit area of emphasis:

  • Literacy
  • Gifted Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Instructional Technology
  • Science Education
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (BCBA)
  • Special Education
  • Social Foundations
  • Educational Innovation
  • Social and Emotional Learning 
  • Professional Studies 

M.Ed. Program Outcome:

To graduate educators who leverage knowledge of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and their chosen area of emphasis to promote effective and robust instructional practices to support diverse learners in schools, school systems, universities, and other educational organizations. See Curry’s Portrait of a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction Graduate for a more detailed description of the type of graduates that this program produces.

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 area of emphasis from the following areas: Literacy, Gifted Education, English as a Second Language, Instructional Technology, Science Education, Applied Behavior Analysis (BCBA), Special Education, Social Foundations, Educational Innovation, and Social and Emotional Learning (beginning Fall 2020).
  • Courses are taught by faculty with years of experience and depth of expertise, with a strong commitment to students’ education and personal development.
  • Our class sizes allow for ease of interaction and robust sharing of ideas.
  • Enjoy the convenience of completely online learning using engaging state-of-the-art online instructional techniques, including Curry's Learning Management System Canvas.

Be a Part of Our High Ranked Programs!

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  • 15 th

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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, an updated resume, and unofficial transcripts (updated to the application). The goal statement should integrate past experiences and how this program supports professional goals, describe how this program and the chosen area of emphasis is a good-fit for the applicant, and be 1-2 double-spaced pages or no more than 500 words in length. 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 be less than 5 years old and meet Curry targets for admission—150 verbal, 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):

    • Option 1: Submit evidence a of current National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.
    • Option 2: Take two courses (typically EDIS 5025 and the first course from your chosen area of emphasis OR two courses agreed upon with your advisor) with a grade of B+ or higher. You should apply no later than the semester in which you are taking your second course, as only two courses can transfer into the program. Applications will be due before your final grades are available, but grades will be reported to the admissions committee once they are finalized. Along with your application, submit a writing sample that will be scored via the rubric for writing expectations. Writing Sample Instructions.
    • Option 3: Apply before completing the two courses mentioned in Option 2 through the “conditional admit” option. Once the two courses are completed with a B+ or higher, those receiving “conditional admit” status will be officially admitted to the M.Ed. program. You may apply before enrolling or any time while taking the first two courses. You must also submit a writing sample that will be scored via the rubric for writing expectations. Writing Sample Instructions.
    • Option 4: For current UVA students, the Curry School offers a direct admission option. This program allows prospective students to secure space in Curry graduate programs earlier than the regular admission option and requires a simpler 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 July 1st
    • Spring entry: November 1st
    • Summer entry: March 15th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until May 1st

    Decisions are typically available within 3 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- website


  • Course Overview

    Course Overview: 

    All Curriculum & Instruction M. Ed students are required to take 5 classes in the Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) core (15 hours) and 5 classes in an area of emphasis.  The C&I core classes consists of four pillars—instruction, curriculum, assessment, and diversity. We recommend that all entering students or those who are seeking alternative admission begin their studies with EDIS 5025: Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction. 

    Students matriculating Fall 2019 or after will complete the Comprehensive Examination as part of the requirements for their culminating course, EDIS 6880 Masters Comprehensive in Curriculum and Instruction. Students matriculating prior to Fall 2019 have the option to complete the Comprehensive Examination requirements as part of EDIS 6880 or to fulfill the requirements in an alternative way. Students consult with their advisor regarding selection of courses from the following pillars.

    Curriculum (Pillar 1):

    • EDIS 5025: Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction
    • EDIS 6200: Principles of Curriculum Design (prerequisite for EDIS 6220: Assessment of Curriculum K-12)
    • EDIS 7035: Professional Knowledge (intended for classroom teachers with a minimum of three years experience)

    Instruction (Pillar 2):

    • EDIS 5025: Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction
    • EDIS 5137: Explicit Instruction
    • EDIS 6800: Creativity and Problem Solving
    • EDIS 5080: Differentiating Instruction
    • EDIS 7025: Teachers as Leaders (intended for classroom teachers with a minimum of three years experience)

    Assessment (Pillar 3):

    • EDIS 6220: Assessment of Curriculum K-12 (prerequisite is EDIS 6200: Principles of Curriculum Design)
    • EDIS 7072: Performance Improvement

    Diversity (Pillar 4):

    • EDIS 5422: Cross-Cultural Education for Diverse Learners

    Area of Emphasis Courses:

    Science Education- Vivien Chabalengula, wmc4y@virginia.edu
    Science - Sample Course Sequence (pdf)

    • 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- Chris Amspaugh, ca8mk@virginia.edu
    Gifted - Sample Course Sequence (pdf)

    Take 5 courses:

    • EDIS 7220: Intro to the Gifted* (REQUIRED, take as first course)
    • EDIS 5770: Social, Emotional, and Counseling Issues in Talent Development* (NEW starting fall 2019)
    • EDIS 7250: Models and Strategies for Teaching the Gifted*
    • Choose at least 1:
      • EDIS 7270: Differentiation of Instruction for Gifted Learners*
      • EDIS 7230: Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented*
    • If needed, choose 1:
      • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner
      • EDIS 6800: Creativity and Problem Solving
      • One additional course from above

    *Course may also be used toward Virginia add-on endorsement in Gifted Education. As of August 2019, VDOE endorsement requires EDIS 7220, EDIS 5770, and 2 courses from EDIS 7250, EDIS 7270, and EDIS 7230. Contact advisor Chris Amspaugh (ca8mk@virginia.edu) for more information.


    English as a Second language (ESL) **
    ESL - Sample Course Sequence (pdf)

    (Add-on endorsement possible. Choose 5 of the 7 courses; consult advisor April Salerno)

    • EDIS 5270: Teaching Reading and Writing to ELLs
    • EDIS 5422: Cross-Cultural Education for Diverse Learners
    • EDIS 5423: English Linguistics
    • EDIS 5424: Second Language Acquisition
    • EDIS 5428: ESL Methods PreK-12
    • EDIS 5470: ESL Assessment and Curriculum Design
    • EDIS 7700: Foundations of Reading Instruction
    • Possible ESL electives: EDIS 5080 Differentiating Instruction and/or EDIS 5014 The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom

    Literacy*, Julie Gray, jjj7e@virginia.edu 
    Literacy - Sample Course Sequence (pdf)


    • 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

    * The M.Ed. in C&I with a focus on literacy does not lead to a reading specialist endorsement by the VDOE. In order to be endorsed as a reading specialist, a candidate must be accepted into the M.Ed. in Reading Education program which is a separate, 30-hour graduate degree program. Information about that program may be found here.

    Instructional Technology, Anne Jewett, bar2h@virginia.edu
    Instructional Technology - Sample Course Sequence (pdf)

    • EDIS 7000: Introduction to Instructional Design
    • EDIS 7010: Computer Courseware Tools
    • EDIS 7072: Performance Improvement
    • EDIS 5075: Online Blended Learning
    • EDIS 7076: Technology, Learning Systems & Culture
    • EDIS 7070: Multimedia Learning

    Applied Behavior Analysis, Youjia Hua, yh6u@virginia.edu
    Applied Behavior Analysis - Sample Course Sequence (pdf)

    • EDIS:5133 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits) 
      • Must take this course first
    • EDLF:7330 Single Case Research Design (3 credits)
    • EDIS:5134 Behavior Observations and Analysis (3 credits) 
    • EDIS:5136 Ethics of Behavior Analysts (3 credits) 
    • EDIS:5135 Behavioral Intervention (3 credits) 
    • EDIS XXXX: Philosophy 
      • coming fall 2021
    • EDIS XXXX: Supervision
      • coming fall 2021

    * All courses must be taken in order except EDLF 7330 

    *Note: If you are interested in sitting for the BCBA examination, you will need to take 4 courses for the Ed.D. as well as the remaining 2 additional courses. In addition, you will need to provide evidence of supervised experience. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) sets the requirements for board certification. 

    Special Education, Courtney Sullivan, cb8tq@virginia.edu,
    Special Education - Sample Course Sequence (pdf)

    • EDIS 5000: The Exceptional Learner
    • EDIS 5142: IEP Development and Implementation
    • EDIS 5230: Reading and Writing Instructional for Special Education
    • EDIS 5060: Math Instruction for Special and Elementary Education
    • Choose one:
      • EDIS 5143: Transition Planning (if interested in grades 6-8 or secondary)
      • EDIS 5040: Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education (if interested in grades K-6)

    Social Foundations, Bernadette Poerio, bp2uc@virginia.edu
    Social Foundations - Sample Course Sequence (pdf)

    • 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 

    Educational Innovation, Matthew Wheelock, mhw4f@virginia.edu
    Educational Innovation - Sample Course Sequence (pdf)

    • EDIS 7072: Performance Improvement
    • EDIS 6800: Creativity and Problem Solving
    • EDIS 7805: Past as Prologue
    • EDIS 7815: Pro-Seminar: Innovations in Education
    • EDIS 7890: Educational Entrepreneurship in Action- Practicum

    Social and Emotional Learning, Tish Jennings, paj9m@virginia.edu
    Social and Emotional Learning - Sample Course Sequence (pdf)

    • EDIS 5015 Social and Emotional Learning
    • EDIS 5012 Mindfulness for Teachers - going
    • EDIS 5013 Teaching Mindfulness in Schools- going
    • EDIS 5014 The Trauma Sensitive Classroom - going
    • EDIS 5770 Social, Emotional, and Counseling Issues in Talent Development

    Professional Studies, Courtney Sullivan cb8tq@virginia.edu

    Course sequences will be tailored based on VDOE requirements for teachers with a provisional licensure. These are possible courses that would be included within the Professional Studies area of emphasis course sequence. For a sample course sequence, please contact Courtney Sullivan.

    • EDLF 5160: Lifespan Development
    • EDIS 5041: Behavior & Classroom Management
    • EDIS 7720: Language Structures and Phonics
    • EDIS 5221: Reading Foundations
    • EDIS 5175: Issues in K-12 Education
    • EDIS 5820: Assessment of and for Learning
    • EDIS 7710: Reading in the Content Areas
    • EDIS 5080: Differentiating Instruction

    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 area of emphasis of Literacy, Gifted Education, English as a Second Language, Science Education, Board Certified Behavior Analyst,  Instructional Technology, Special Education, Social Foundations, Educational Innovation, Professional Studies, or Social and Emotional Learning.

    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).

    Please Note:

    Courses Impacted by Renumbering (beginning Summer 2020)

    • EDIS 7390 Differentiating Instruction (will change to EDIS 5080)
    • EDIS 8800 Principles of Curriculum Design (will change to EDIS 6200)
    • EDIS 7810 Assessment of Curriculum K-12 (will change to EDIS 6220)
    • EDIS 7280 Creativity and Problem Solving (will change to EDIS 6800)
    • EDIS 5930 Masters Comp in Curriculum & Instruction (will change to EDIS 6880)
  • Typical Length of Study

    Students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis. Students enrolled on a full-time basis typically complete program requirements during a single academic year. Curry suggests that students who also work full-time enroll in the program on a part-time basis. Part-time students typically complete the program within 2 years. All requirements, including the comprehensive exam, must be completed within a 5-year period.

    Semester of Entry:

    Students apply to enter the M.Ed 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. Virginia K-12 educators are eligible for the Virginia Educator's Discount

  • 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.