Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Programs in Curriculum and Instruction prepare students to complete advanced degrees by addressing critical issues in learning, teaching, and curriculum, from local to global levels.

The Master of Science in Education candidate completes graduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction.  This provides the candidates an opportunity to:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the relationship of content and content-specific pedagogy

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the content that they plan to teach and provide multiple explanations and instructional strategies so that all students learn

  • Apply the ability to critique research and theories related to pedagogy and learning

  • Convey an in-depth knowledge of research-based instructional strategies and technologies that help all students learn. 

The culminating experience for completion of the Master of Science in Education degree is the Master's Project as a portfolio. The portfolio will be a collection of artifacts completed during courses in the program along with documentation of other activities exemplifying the four program outcomes.  They are:

  • Leadership:  Ability and willingness to act as building and professional leader;

  • Teaching all students:  Skilled in and disposed toward teaching all students;

  • Knowing and using research:  Understanding and ability to act on research; and

  • Pedagogical content knowledge:  Practice shaped by knowledge of content area research implemented in an approach that impacts student learning.

Graduate Admission to the School of Education

Graduate programs in education are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate and graduate degrees whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission and retention requirements.

Some departments may offer special provisional admission categories to students who may not qualify under traditional admission criteria. Departments that offer provisional admission require a grade-point average of at least 2.5.  Applicants must provide evidence of ability to work successfully at the graduate level, including experience in and commitment to the profession. Exceptions to established policies must be sought individually by petition to the Graduate Division of the School of Education.

See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for more information.

Each department in the School of Education sets its own application deadlines.  Prospective graduate students should contact their departments for more information.

Graduate Admission to the Department of Curriculum and Teaching

In addition to general requirements for admission to graduate study in the School of Education, master’s degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction require completion of an appropriate undergraduate program and, in some instances, a teaching license. Materials describing all Curriculum and Instruction programs may be obtained from the department.

Deadlines for the online master’s application are April 21 for summer admission, August 11 for fall admission, and December 29 for spring admission.

Admission to the online Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction Program (Domestic Applicants)

The following materials must be submitted:

  • A completed graduate application.
  • 1 official transcript of all college records with at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Each letter should be attached to the online recommendation form when it is submitted.
  • A statement of career goals.
  • A vita or résumé.

Admission to the online Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction Program (International Applicants)

The following materials must be submitted:

  • A completed International Student online graduate application.
  • 2 official transcripts of all undergraduate credit including degree conferral (1 in the original language and 1 in English translation) with at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who graduated from a college or university in China must also include official Chinese and English versions of their diplomas and certificates.
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Each letter should be attached to the online recommendation form when it is submitted.
  • A statement of career goals.
  • A vita or résumé.
  • A statement of account balance from the applicant's sponsor's bank. This statement must be on bank stationery. There must also be a letter of support from his/her sponsor if the bank statement is not in the applicant's name.
  • For students whose first language is not English, official scores on the TOEFL of a minimum 92 total (IBT) with subscale scores of at least 23 in all areas. The IELTS official score is also accepted, with an overall score of at least 7.0, and no section score lower than 7.0. The TOEFL or IELTS scores must be achieved not more than two years prior to the semester of first enrollment. TOEFL/IELTS scores may not be required if applicant meets the verification of English proficiency requirements as specified below:

    Graduation with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university, or a college or university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or an English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English. Degrees earned online may not be used to verify English proficiency.

Please note: Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

Once the graduate application has been submitted online, send any application materials that cannot be uploaded with the online application to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Curriculum and Teaching
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
1122 W. Campus Road, Room 321
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101

Contact us: ctdepartment@ku.edu

Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction

To meet the demands and schedules of current teachers and educators, the Department of Curriculum & Teaching will offer this Master's degree program in a fully-online delivery format beginning in Summer 2017.   

Masters of Science in Education - Curriculum & Instruction - online program

The online Masters of Science in Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction is comprised of 10 courses for 30 total credit hours and can be completed in two years.  The courses are delivered online in an 8-week format.

C&T 709Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction3
C&T 807Multicultural Education3
C&T 806Instructional Strategies and Models3
EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
C&T 803Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction3
ELPS 811Constructivist Learning Technology3
C&T 802Curriculum Planning for Educational Settings3
C&T 770Pedagogical Considerations in the 21st Century Classrooms3
C&T 801Planning for School Improvement3
C&T 898Master's Project3
30 Total credit hours

Masters of Science in Education - Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading - online program

C&T 709Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction3
C&T 740Foundations of Reading: Process, Theory, and Instruction3
EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
C&T 741Comprehension and Study Strategies for Use with Multiple Texts3
C&T 807Multicultural Education3
C&T 840Emergent Literacy and Beginning Reading3
C&T 842Supporting Striving Readers: Adolescent through Adult3
C&T 743Writing and Spelling Development and Instruction3
C&T 745Reading and the English Language Learner3
C&T 898Master's Project3
30 Total credit hours

Masters of Science in Education - Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - online program

C&T 709Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction3
EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
C&T 745Reading and the English Language Learner (For the Teacher Track, C&T 745 is replaced by Advanced Practicum in TESOL (C&T 825).)3
C&T 807Multicultural Education3
C&T 820Methods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)3
C&T 821Assessment in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)3
C&T 822Second Language Acquisition for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Educators (TESOL)3
C&T 824Problems in Second Language Instruction3
C&T 826Linguistic Analysis for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Educators (TESOL)3
C&T 898Master's Project3