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Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction (Online) | Graduate Degree Program

Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction (Online)


Ottawa University's online Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction combines excellence in instructional methodologies with foundational coursework. This Master's in Education program integrates personal and group motivational strategies and theories in organizational management. Our online Master in Education program introduces 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 accelerated Master's in Education Curriculum program more accessible to adult learners and students with limited time, we offer courses online.

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: 

  • 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.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction (36 credit hours)

Concentration Courses (15 credit hours)

Differentiated Instruction | EDC 7291 (3 credit hours) 
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.

Curriculum Evaluation | EDC 7297 (3 credit hours) 
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 and Content Standards | EDC 7299 (3 credit hours) 
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.

Data-Driven Instruction: Part 1EDC 7501 (3 credit hours)
Examines how school leaders can develop and maintain an atmosphere for improved student achievement based on data-driven systems. Topics include increased external accountability and data demands, as well as the ability to accurately interpret the data and implement positive learning opportunities based on the analysis of said data. Particular emphasis is placed on continuous improvement modeling. 

Data-Driven Instruction: Part 2EDC 7502 (3 credit hours)
Investigates the background and current status of assessment principles, purposes, strategies, and procedures used to evaluate curriculum with attention giving to school improvement planning through continuous improvement and gauging student progress. Emphasis on effective interpretation of evaluative data and methods of recording and reporting progress to stakeholders.

Concentration Elective (3 credit hours)

Three credits from approved EDC course are required. 

Foundation Courses (18 credit hours)

Foundation of Learning Theory | EDF 7110 (3 credit hours) 
Evaluate key learning theories and environmental factors in relationship to student motivation, along with the behavioral and academic success of students. 

Foundation of Education | EDF 7210 (3 credit hours) 
Explore the historical and philosophical foundations of education in order to evaluate educational trends and create a personal philosophy of education while practicing the profession with intentionality. 

Foundation of Exceptionality | EDF 7310 (3 credit hours) 
A comprehensive investigation concerning the identification, support, and resources necessary for supporting families and children/students with exceptionalities. Utilizing a team-based approach, candidates will construct strategies for creating programs that advocate for and sustain an instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. 

Foundation of Educational Research and Assessment | EDF 7410 (3 credit hours)
Evaluate the relevance of educational research to curriculum improvement, federal and state policies, systematic processes, and instructional and assessment strategies. Apply various research methods within educational environments at multiple levels. 

Foundation of Ethical Practices in Education | EDF 7500 (3 credit hours)
Examines the ethical guidelines and professional educator standards. Analyze, engage in, and demonstrate aspects of reflective practice, critical perspectives, and making informed and ethical decisions. Candidates will learn about advocating for sound educational practices and policies.

Master's Research Project | EDF 8503 (3 credit hours) 
Prepare major culminating scholarly project directly relevant to the program of study. Approved project proposal required.


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