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Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.


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Make the jump from curious educator to engaged, creative and innovative leader with the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction. You have your certification, you’ve been in front of the classroom for a few years now, and you’ve experimented with various strategies to capture students' attention and ensure they successfully retain and apply concepts. This program — designed for certified teachers aspiring to a leadership, curriculum development or administrative role — provides the clear, theory- and experience-based direction you need.

Through a minimum of 30 credits, you’ll broaden your understanding of the principles of instruction, be exposed to a wide spectrum of teaching strategies and learning theories and discover ways to incorporate relevant teaching technologies. This framework shows you how to employ these methods as you’re teaching core concepts from elementary school through high school and adult education and helps you encourage inquiry, problem-posing and solving, communication and collaboration in the classroom to guide a diverse student body on their individual journeys.

The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction starts with a versatile core and is a non-thesis graduate degree. You’ll explore techniques for building relevant and challenging lessons, learn to celebrate diversity through curriculum and connections with your students, uncover the role of research and data analysis in curriculum planning and assessing performance. You’ll gain a stronger grasp on the philosophical, historical, social, political and cultural foundations of schools and educational organizations, and you’ll do it all with a study plan developed by you and your advisor. Review all course descriptions and expected learning outcomes.

Make an impact and refine your knowledge further with an emphasis area. Our Career and Technical Education area helps transform you into a stronger leader and curriculum planner for professional education programs. The Teacher Certification emphasis area builds off your mastery of a secondary school content area, helping you work toward receiving secondary teacher certification in the state of Idaho. Expanding on the core courses, you’ll learn strategies for addressing individual differences in the classroom, planning and administering district-wide curriculum, utilizing various teaching models, reinforcing subject matters through reading and writing, and testing and evaluation in schools.

If you envision yourself shaping the next generation of learners through curriculum, review all admission requirements before applying to this M.Ed. program.

Fast Facts

  • 30-credit, non-thesis Master of Education degree.
  • Select from three master’s projects: an inquiry project, a professional portfolio or a professional alternative exploration. Learn more about each type and expectations
  • This M.Ed. program is delivered online and face-to-face. On-campus courses may be taken in Moscow, Coeur d’Alene and Boise.
  • For those seeking Teacher Certification, participate in a one-semester internship in a classroom environment and learn alongside teachers and other education professionals to observe leadership, curriculum planning and assessment skills. This approach reflects our department’s emphasis on acquiring knowledge through hands-on experience.
  • Learn from faculty who are active leaders in educational research and dedicate themselves to imparting the latest insights in curriculum development, leadership and student engagement in the classroom.
  • Learn with students from all over the world through extensive web-based instruction.
  • Customize your degree and knowledge toward your career goals with two emphasis areas: Teacher Certification and Career and Technical Education (CTE), which, in conjunction with the core curriculum, require a minimum of 45 credits. Students may also take the CTE emphasis through the Ed.S., Curriculum and Instruction program.


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3082

Phone: 208-885-6587

Fax: 208-885-1071