Curriculum and Instruction degree overview

Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction

This Master’s degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction program combines excellence in instructional methodologies with foundational coursework. An integration of personal and group motivational strategies and theories in organizational management will introduce you to innovative, applied models of instruction. You will gain the global and cultural awareness needed to provide quality education to a diverse classroom.

At Ottawa University, we strive to help you achieve your educational and career goals. To make this Master's in Education Curriculum program more accessible to adult learners and students with limited time, we offer courses online and also on campus in Arizona.

This Master’s degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction program covers subjects such as philosophy, accountability and change; differentiated instruction; curriculum development and evaluation; curriculum design and content studies; and more. Small class sizes and online instructor support allow you to get individual attention when you need it most. At Ottawa University, our instructors are experts in their fields. They bring years of personal experience to the classroom and do everything they can to make sure you will succeed after graduation. 

Upon graduation, you will have developed the skills and knowledge necessary to:
  • Improve your teaching
  • Create an enriching learning environment
  • Plan for changes in teaching
  • Encourage improved education for all students
  • Assess outcomes for school curricula, programs, services and activities
  • Become a leader in education
  • Continue growing professionally

Career Outcomes

School curriculum development is essential in adult education programs, alternative schools, charter schools, community or technical colleges, continuing education programs, P–12 public or private schools, and state education departments. Upon completion of this online Master's in Education Curriculum, you may be skilled for the following positions in education: 
  • Education administrator
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Curriculum designer
If you’re interested in earning your online degree in teaching, consider Ottawa University. Continuing education for teachers is a crucial component for career advancement. To learn more about this program, contact us today.

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Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction Courses

Foundation Courses

Philosophy, Accountability & Change | EDF 7103
Contemporary and traditional philosophies of education related to diversity, school outcomes and change. Develop and assess learning programs designed to integrate a philosophy of change with beliefs about learners, teachers, schools and communities.

Research: Assessment and Evaluation | EDF 7163
Develop conceptual and analytical skills and knowledge to assess organizational needs and program effectiveness through the use of research methodologies.

Diverse Community of Learners | EDF 7203
In-depth study of variability among students in schools and other educational settings from preschool to adult learning. Special focus on the identification of and programming for at-risk students.

Leadership & Management of Change | EDF 7303
Examines the role of the leader in assessing and responding to change and techniques of change management including consultation, site-based councils and conflict resolution. Topics also include organization, facilitation and communication for change.

Master's Research Project | EDF 8503
Prepare major culminating scholarly project directly relevant to the program of study. Approved project proposal required.

Concentration Courses (required)

Differentiated Instruction | EDC 7291
Course explores challenges of teachers in evaluating the needs of individual students in the diverse and inclusive classroom. Students will explore innovative possibilities for differentiating instruction to enhance learning for all students.

Theory & Practice in Curriculum Development | EDC 7295
Focus of this course is on application of curriculum theory to classroom practice. Topics include historical roots of current curriculum issues and practices, changing concepts, curriculum conflicts, curriculum reform and reconstruction, as well as curriculum research and improvement.

Curriculum Evaluation | EDC 7297
This course investigates the background and current status of assessment principles, purposes, and procedures used to evaluate curriculum and gauge pupil progress. Emphasis will be on effective interpretation of evaluative data and methods of recording and reporting progress.

Curriculum Design & Content Standards | EDC 7299
Course explores the integration of current theories of curriculum design with state content standards in the planning of mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies instruction in the classroom.

Concentration Electives

Nine credits from approved EDC courses.


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