Curriculum and Instruction

M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction - Thematic

Candidates choosing the Thematic concentration will have utmost flexibility to become more proficient in a broader array of content in the Curriculum and Instruction field, preparing them to become thought-leaders in their schools and districts, or preparing them for deeper work in a doctoral program. 

Program of Study

The M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with a thematic concentration is also a 33 credit program, including 6 core Curriculum and Instruction graduate courses and 5 additional graduate courses. Offering flexibility, students work with his/her advisor to choose from one of the 2 class choices below as well as 3 classes from an array of graduate courses in the School of Education to create a thematic focus track that is complementary to the Curriculum and Instruction core courses. 

  • ED 602 - Learner-Centered Education OR ED 608 - Creative Thinking, Collaboration, and Educational Change
  • ED 700 Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction OR RE 601 Media Literacy Education
  • 3 Graduate Electives chosen in collaboration with student advisor
RaShawna Sydnor

“My C&I degree instilled the necessity for the inclusion of matters of social justice and culturally relevant/inclusive instruction.”

"“The bravery of content on the first day of my first course, solidified that I was in the right place. I knew then that I would not only get what I wanted in terms of preparation, but lessons that would extend outside the classroom and contribute to both my personal and professional l growth.”

RaShawna Sydnor
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, ‘12
Middle Grades Teacher
Green Street Academy

Completion Time

This program may be taken part-time (to be completed in 2-5 years) with up to 5 or 6 classes offered per calendar year. There may be full-time opportunities for interested cohorts. Part-time offers a self-paced opportunity to complete requirements over a longer period of time with courses delivered at times of the day that are convenient to full-time work schedules. In addition, hybrid and online course offerings are also available for some of the coursework.

Program Outcomes

Successful candidates will receive the Master of Art in Curriculum and Instruction preparing them for leadership positions in schools and district offices, and as well, preparing them for further graduate study at the doctoral level.