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Online Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at KU.

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Online Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction

With a master's in curriculum and instruction* from the University of Kansas School of Education, you'll learn to develop more effective instructional approaches, evaluate how well your students are learning, and integrate new technology and teaching strategies into the classroom.

While it may be easy to view your teaching skills as the single most significant determinant of your students’ classroom success, the curriculum you construct and use can have a profound effect on your students' lives as well: Evidence indicates that completing a more challenging high school curriculum can help students overcome even socioeconomic disadvantages.1 By developing your strengths as an instructor and learning to build a stronger curriculum, you can give your students the best possible advantage.

Challenge yourself to become a better educator, leader or administrator.

The KU School of Education offers online master's programs that pair the academic rigor of a highly respected university with a flexible schedule to accommodate your busy life. Our school has consistently been ranked among the top 10 Best Education Schools (among public universities) according to U.S. News & World Report, and the curriculum and instruction program is ranked #19 in the country (among public universities).2

The online curriculum and instruction master's program blends the latest theories with practical, hands-on implementation. A practitioner-focused approach means everything you learn can be applied directly to your own classroom. Ultimately, you'll improve not only your own curriculum development skills but also the educational experience for the students whose lives you touch, whether they make up an individual class or an entire school or district.

Program Details
  • 10 courses, 8 weeks per course, 30 credit hours
  • Graduate in as few as two years
  • Ranked #19 among public universities2
  • Learn from renowned faculty with extensively published research and diverse real-world experience
  • Create a working instructional portfolio that can be directly applied in your own classroom
  • Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere, through our innovative online format
  • No GRE required for admission
  • There is no practicum or residency requirement for this program

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What You'll Learn

The online master's in curriculum and instruction prepares you to be the best teacher you can be. You will learn the latest teaching theories, current methodological best practices, strategies for implementing change in curricula and instructional approaches, and models for achieving the best learning outcomes possible for students with different learning styles. Your classes will prepare you to teach diverse students in a multicultural classroom and how to best evaluate curriculum materials for bias and stereotypes.

For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.

Career Outcomes

With the online master's in curriculum and instruction, you can further your career as an educator or move into a leadership role. You'll also gain expertise and a credential that could help you become a curriculum developer, instructional coordinator, or curriculum development consultant at the school or district level.

*This program is an online Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in curriculum and instruction. It does not lead to initial nor advanced teaching licensure in the state of Kansas.

Prior teaching experience is not required but is strongly recommended.

Note: In order to enroll in any of these programs, a bachelor's degree is required. No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and licensure officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term

Next Start

August 26
Fall 2019 Term


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