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 candidate 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 in prior degrees. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission requirements.

Some departments may offer special provisional admission categories to students who may not qualify under regular 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 vary by year and initial term.  The deadlines are April 26 for 2019 summer admission, August 9 for 2019 fall admission, and December 20 for 2020 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 domestic online 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 by the recommender.
  • 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 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. The transcript must contain the following information:

- Completion of course work required for degree

- Degree earned and date the degree was conferred; if this is not on the transcript, applicants must also submit a degree certificate and/or diploma

- Official stamp/seal from the school

  • 3 letters of recommendation. Each letter should be attached to the online recommendation form when it is submitted by the recommender.
  • 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 native language is not English, official scores on the TOEFL (IBT) of at least 23 in Listening, Reading and Writing must be submitted for consideration of admission to the Curriculum and Teaching Department. The IELTS (Academic) official score is also accepted, with an overall score of at least 6.5, and scores of at least 6.0 in Listening, Reading and Writing. The PTE (Academic) official score is also accepted, with an overall score of at least 58, and scores of at least 53 in Listening, Reading and Writing. The TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission. TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores may not be required if the 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.

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

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 now offers this Master's degree program in a fully-online delivery format, effective Summer 2017.

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

The online Master of Science in Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction is a practitioner-focused master's degree for current educators who want to make a difference with effective instructional practices and curriculum development strategies.  It 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
EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
C&T 770Pedagogical Considerations in the 21st Century Classrooms3
C&T 801Planning for School Improvement3
C&T 802Curriculum Planning for Educational Settings3
C&T 803Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction3
C&T 806Instructional Strategies and Models3
C&T 807Multicultural Education3
ELPS 811Constructivist Learning Technology3
C&T 898Master's Project3
Total Hours30

Master of Science in Education - Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Non-Licensure Track - online program

The Reading Non-Licensure master's track option is not intended for initial teacher licensure nor for licensure as a reading specialist; most students enter the program with an active teacher's license.  It is best for administrators and those looking to deepen their knowledge of literacy strategies and language acquisition techniques.

C&T 709Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction3
EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
C&T 740Foundations of Reading: Process, Theory, and Instruction3
C&T 741Comprehension and Study Strategies for Use with Multiple Texts3
C&T 743Writing and Spelling Development and Instruction3
C&T 745Reading and the English Language Learner3
C&T 807Multicultural Education3
C&T 840Emergent Literacy and Beginning Reading3
C&T 842Supporting Striving Readers: Adolescent through Adult3
C&T 898Master's Project3
Total Hours30

Master of Science in Education - Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Reading Specialist Licensure Endorsement Track - online program

The Reading Specialist Licensure Endorsement track master's option is intended for those seeking to earn their master's degree in order to pursue state licensure as a reading specialist.  It is best for educators looking to transition to or start a career in reading education, who already hold initial licensure in their state.

C&T 709Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction3
EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
C&T 740Foundations of Reading: Process, Theory, and Instruction3
C&T 741Comprehension and Study Strategies for Use with Multiple Texts3
C&T 807Multicultural Education3
C&T 840Emergent Literacy and Beginning Reading3
C&T 841Early Intervention in Reading Practicum3
C&T 842Supporting Striving Readers: Adolescent through Adult3
C&T 843Supporting Striving Readers Practicum3
C&T 844The Reading Program: Coordination and Supervision3
C&T 898Master's Project1-4
Total Hours31-34

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

The TESOL Teacher Track master's option includes practica for classroom educators who intend to acquire a licensure endorsement to teach English learners from diverse cultures in their classrooms and schools.  It is best for educators looking to transition to or start a career in TESOL, who already hold initial licensure in their state.

C&T 709Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction3
EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
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 825Advanced Practicum in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)3
C&T 826Linguistic Analysis for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Educators (TESOL)3
C&T 898Master's Project3
Total Hours30

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

The TESOL Non-Teacher track master's option substitutes course work for the practicum requirement with the expectation that participants want to gain knowledge about how English as a second or other language students learn within English-speaking classrooms, but are not pursuing a teaching license.  It is best for consultants, advocates and administrative or government positions within the field of TESOL; it will not prepare students for a TESOL endorsement.

C&T 709Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction3
EPSY 715Understanding Research in Education3
C&T 745Reading and the English Language Learner3
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
Total Hours30