Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction

About the Program

The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction enables graduates to assume a curricular leadership role in research, implementation, and evaluation of effective models of teaching and learning to impact diverse learners. Improving student achievement is dependent upon many factors; research points to the teacher as having the greatest impact and influence.

An advanced degree in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) emphasizes the practical application of current theory, research, assessment, and coaching to improve P-12 learning. Candidates who complete the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction may have opportunities in positions such as: Adult Education Program Designer, Curriculum Designer, Curriculum Specialist, Educational Consultant, Instructional Specialist, and Staff Development Specialist.

This program is offered both as online and face-to-face, and there is the option to choose between a thesis and a non-thesis route.

All programs have a thesis and non-thesis route.

About Our Faculty

Our Curriculum and Instruction faculty come from diverse backgrounds and interests, ranging from bilingual education to science education. They are active in school settings, collaborating with classroom teachers to improve instruction. The faculty also conduct action research, identifying issues in our schools and offering recommendations for improvement. The Curriculum and Instruction faculty provides candidates with the guidance and support that they need to be successful.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Apply via applytexas.org
  • Submit official transcript(s) from every college or university attended
  • Submit a 300-word narrative/essay.
  • Submit Résumé and two Letters of Recommendation (Academic or Professional)
  • International students must also submit:
    • Official Certificate of Graduation
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores
    • Financial Statement Form
    • Letter of Sponsorship
    • Bank Statement




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Catalog Information

This 36 credit hour program offers both a thesis and a non-thesis route.

Read more about the online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Reading.

For both routes, students would need to take:*

EDCI 5305 - Advanced Curriculum Issues in Education
EDCI 5313 - Foundations of Curriculum
                                   EDCI 5315 - Advanced Instructional Methods
EDCI 5317 - Evaluation of Curriculum and Instruction
EDCI 5319 - Advanced Theories of Learning
EDCI 5321 - Collegiate Coaching and Mentoring
EDGR 5320 - Foundations of Educational Research

For both thesis and non-thesis routes, students choose between four different specializations. If they are on the thesis path, they must take an additional 12 credit hours; for the non-thesis path they would take an additional 15 credit hours instead. The specializations are:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Educational Administration
  • Reading
  • Special Education
*Catalog information is provided for the 2016-2017 School Year, and is subject to change by catalog year. For more detailed catalog information, click for Thesis and Non-Thesis.