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Online Curriculum and Instruction Master's @ KU

The online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction program at the University of Kansas combines the flexibility of an online learning format with the respect of a rigorous graduate degree from a Top 20-ranked School of Education.1

This is a practitioner-focused master's degree in curriculum and instruction for current educators who want to make a difference with effective instructional practices and curriculum development strategies. At KU, you can challenge yourself to become a better educator while increasing your future earning potential with a master's degree.

The KU School of Education's Online Curriculum and Instruction Program

Heidi Hallman discusses how KU's online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction will prepare teachers to lead in the classroom as a generalist and a specialist.

Program Benefits
  • Top 10 Best Education School (among public universities)2
  • Top 20 Curriculum and Instruction program2
  • Top 30 Best Online Education Graduate Program3
  • Accredited under NCATE standards through CAEP
  • Learn from dedicated faculty who teach with an emphasis on applying research in real-world situations to improve instructional practice
  • Create a working instructional portfolio that can be directly applied in your own classroom
  • Complete your course work anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
  • Graduate in as few as two years
  • Submit your application with no GRE requirement for admission into the program
Program Structure
  • 10 courses, 8 weeks per course, 30 credits
  • Time to completion: as few as two years

There is no practicum or residency requirement for this program.

Admissions Requirements

Our Admissions Advisors are here to help answer your questions regarding admission requirements and licensure. If you have questions, please email us at or call us at 855-639-7799.

To be considered for admission, prospective students must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a GPA equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

To apply to the online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, your first step is completing the online application form. Prior to starting the form we recommend that you review our admissions guide.

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements. These requirements are located here.

What You Will Learn

At the University of Kansas, we believe that pursuing your master’s degree as a teacher is not just important for increasing your earnings power and improving your resume. More importantly, it’s about making a difference in the lives of the students you teach and becoming the best educator you can be.

You will make that difference by learning practical instructional techniques that work in a variety of classroom settings. You will also learn strategies on how to design effective curriculum that set you up for success before your first student ever steps in the classroom.

For a closer look at some of the topics covered in the program, please see the course listings.

View Course Descriptions


The University of Kansas brings a rich academic tradition into the online environment. The KU School of Education is equally committed to KU’s mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. Our Curriculum & Teaching faculty are at the leading edge of research and practice working to improve the quality of instruction in different subject areas and in different education settings. One current project, funded by a $120 million grant, targets improvement in how reading is taught to children.

Meet the Faculty

After Graduation

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for passionate educators who are ready to take a step forward in their careers with a challenging, practice-based online Master's program.

Profiles of students include:
  • Current teachers looking to become better educators through a focus on practical curriculum and instruction techniques that can be used directly in their classroom
  • Educators who wish to transition to a curriculum specialist or instructional coordinator role within their school district or in an alternative setting

Graduates of this program can work in diverse settings, including public and private schools as master teachers, instructional coordinators and curriculum specialists. Other graduates have worked as curriculum designers and specialists in a corporate or publishing setting.

Note: This program is not intended for initial teacher licensure, and most students will enter the program with an active teacher's license.

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

April 26
Summer 2019 Term

Next Start

May 13
Summer 2019 Term

Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term


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