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Curriculum and Instruction, MSE

Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction

One of the longest-standing programs at the University of Central Missouri, our MSE in Curriculum and Instruction is an advanced teacher education program for educators already certified to teach. A graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction will enhance and deepen your knowledge of curriculum development, differentiated instruction and advanced teaching strategies. As a result, you’ll be well-positioned to provide expertise and leadership working with curriculum and instruction.

In UCM’s MSE in Curriculum and Instruction program, you can choose courses that align with one of the following grade band certification areas: 

  • K–12 (Art, Music, PE, etc.)*
  • Middle School
  • Secondary Education

*Candidates with certification in elementary education should apply for the MSE in Elementary Education

No matter what subject area you teach or how many years you have been teaching, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from UCM will help you grow professionally — and may increase your salary potential.

Master of Science in Education, Curriculum and Instruction online course options

We designed our master’s in Curriculum and Instruction program with working teachers — and their schedules — in mind. UCM offers flexible learning options, including online classes available in the fall, spring and summer semesters, all taught by experienced faculty.

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Learning outcomes are based on the NBPTS

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What you will study

Dive deeper into curriculum and instruction to better understand how to manage, adapt and monitor student learning. In UCM’s Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree program, you’ll learn how to more effectively engage students and become an active part of your school’s learning community. 

Regardless of whether your certification areas are in K–12, Middle School or Secondary Education, you’ll take core courses such as Curriculum Development and Assessment, Contemporary Instruction: Theory and Practice, and Introduction to Research.


Excellence in Curriculum and Instruction

  • A Best Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Degree Program (Best Middle School Focus) (Intelligent, 2022)
  • Top 6%: Most Popular Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Popular Master's Degree College for Education (College Factual, 2021 & 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Best Value in Education (College Factual, 2021)
  • Top 10%: Best Colleges for Education for Non-Traditional Students (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in UCM’s master’s in Curriculum and Instruction

Our Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction provides ample opportunities to practice what you learn and gain valuable feedback from peers and faculty.

  • Apply your studies to your own instruction: Bring your own real-world teaching experiences to the program coursework and receive actionable feedback from faculty and other classmates. 
  • Take part in a final capstone project: Demonstrate your achievements by reflecting on your ability to apply the new instructional strategies you’ve learned to your own practice, based on the National Board for Professional Teachers Standards. Gain valuable feedback from your peers and faculty for more effective application of the strategies in your own classroom.


What can you do with a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from UCM?

Whether you’re a veteran teacher or just getting started in your career, the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction will sharpen your instructional strategies. You’ll also improve your eligibility for a range of jobs involving curriculum and instruction, including school leadership positions such as department chair, curriculum coordinator and other instructional leadership roles in the school setting. 

Insights on jobs for curriculum and instruction

Earning a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction can help you further your career and increase your salary potential. Use the interactive tool below to learn more about career paths for curriculum and instruction, as well as employment trends and projected job growth.




Financial assistance options for your MSE in Curriculum and Instruction degree

A UCM master’s degree can advance your career, particularly if you’re a working teacher seeking jobs for curriculum and instruction. Earning a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction may be more affordable than you think, even if you’re juggling work and family. 

Named a top-ranked university for low student debt by LendEDU, the University of Central Missouri offers scholarships, grants and loans to help you finance your graduate degree. You may also qualify for one of the many scholarships offered by the College of Education.

Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to learn more about financing your education at UCM with scholarships.


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Make yourself more marketable.

Further specialize your master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction by adding a UCM graduate certificate: 

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Student Learning Outcomes

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction program to:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to students and their learning.
  • Understand the subjects you teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Be responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • Think systematically about your practice and learn from experience.
  • Demonstrate your commitment as a member of learning communities.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction program, you must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education institution with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  • Submit an application for admission (including submission of official transcripts)
  • Select an area of concentration: Secondary Education, Middle Level Education, or K-12 Education
  • Submit proof of teacher certification or provide a professional endorsement from any of the 50 states or territories
  • Submit a copy of a recent summative teaching evaluation (i.e., a PBTE or similar evaluation form), or a letter from a school superintendent, principal, or professor attesting to teaching abilities and graduate school potential



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