Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

The role of instructors, instructional designers and curriculum developers has changed dramatically over the past decade. Today, education focuses on ensuring that educational programs help learners understand abstract concepts, solve problems, work as effective team members and develop critical-thinking skills. AIU’s Master of Education Degree program is designed to provide a solid foundation for effective educational practice and advancement for all levels of educational practitioners including K-12*, higher education and corporate learning. Students could develop a solid foundation in learning theory, instructional design and instructional technology, as well as application of educational research methods.

This professionally-focused M.Ed program is designed to help students utilize authentic tools and assessment in application of learning outcomes, such as Lectora. They can also explore how to collaborate in a community of learners for professional application of skills and study the importance of asking the right questions in order to prompt efficient and effective answers. This one-year program is designed to help students get the in-depth, specialized knowledge they want—compressing their studies into a shorter timeframe, but still providing the knowledge and credentials they're looking for.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Integrate technology into curriculum and instruction for a student-centered learning environment.
  • Design and implement assessments of student performance.
  • Adapt existing instructional materials for specific situations and conditions.
  • Develop curriculum to satisfy organizational, federal, state or other standards and objectives.
  • Use multiple instructional strategies to present content, addressing differences in student learning styles and abilities.
  • Measure the effects of instruction or training and redesign curriculum to increase student performance as needed.
  • Engage in organizing and brainstorming potential curriculum ideas and identifying potential flaws in their use
  • Analyze traditional curriculum methods and structures to identify best practices, as well as weaknesses
  • Become familiar with professional academic standards, curriculum formatting and current academic terms
  • Create their own original curricula, aligning them with common standards and student learning requirements
  • Understand how developmental psychology and current education theory drive curriculum design

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*American InterContinental University’s Master of Education degree is not designed to meet state educator licensing requirements; however, it may assist students in gaining licensure in their state of residence depending on those requirements. If you’re interested in teaching certification, please contact your state board of education for requirements.



Degree Requirements

Division Core
EDU602Analysis, Assessment and Technology6
EDU604Integrative Design and Evaluation6
EDU622Applying Learning Theories6
EDU624Mastery in Educational Specialty6
Total Credit Hours:24

Specialization Options

Curriculum and Instruction for Educators
EDU633Principles of Curriculum Improvement6
EDU643Designing Effective Curricula6
EDU660Curriculum Design and Evaluation6
EDU673Decision Making in Curriculum and Instruction6

Total Credit Hours: 48

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

In this specialized course of study, students focus on the curriculum and related instructional processes and tools, including the study of curriculum theory, curriculum design and planning, instructional material design and evaluation, curriculum evaluation, and applications to specific subject matter, programs or educational levels. Specialization courses are structured to assist students in the development of their goals, as they can study advanced knowledge and skills common to today’s professional curriculum specialists. At AIU, you can take more courses devoted to your field of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Master of Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction for Educators, your classes can include:

Principles of Curriculum Improvement

In this course, students will examine forces influencing curriculum improvement. This course focuses on the analysis of curriculum and the application of principles for resolution of curriculum problems.

Designing Effective Curricula

This course examines techniques and methods of effective course design and implementation. Topics covered include motivation, consultation, instructional strategies, and student assessment.

Curriculum Design and Evaluation

This course examines the development of comprehensive educational curricula and/or development programs. Students will perform all phases of curricula design tied to their area of professional practice.

Decision Making in Curriculum and Instruction

This course examines the roles of curriculum designers and instructors in the educational decision-making process. Students analyze the underlying assumptions and research supporting various teaching and design practices. Students will create a curriculum design project integrating concepts and skills gained throughout this program.

Analysis, Assessment and Technology

This course provides the foundations of analysis and assessment methodologies used in the field of education. Students are introduced to applied quantitative and qualitative educational research methods in context of the practitioner's educational environment. Comparisons of formative and summative assessment and formative evaluation will be addressed.

Integrative Design and Evaluation

This course examines the development of curricula for education and workplace learning and development. Comparison of evaluation design, curriculum design, and instructional design will assist learners in understanding the similarities and differences in these fields of education. Learner will learn to develop learning objectives. Program evaluation techniques will be introduced.

Applying Learning Theories

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the various schools of thought on how people learn. The course will emphasize the practical implications of cognitive science. It provides a comprehensive survey of the progressive understanding of the learning process. Students will explore learning theories, such as cognitive, behaviorist, and constructivist. Students will compare the theories and their application in the learner's respective field using the appropriate formal written communication for the discipline of Education.

Mastery in Educational Specialty

This capstone course will allow the student to demonstrate mastery of all the concepts and skills presented in the core courses and specialization courses in the student’s field of study. The emphasis will be on designing and producing a real world quality deliverable in the specialization studied to be used as a highlight in a professional portfolio.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Educators?

Jobs in curriculum and instruction are ever-evolving because of how quickly the world is changing. While children have always needed to know math skills, teaching them in today's world—where the answer is just a click away on a laptop, phone, or tablet—is much different than teaching those skills just a decade ago. That's why jobs for instructional coordinators who work in curriculum and instruction are always challenging and changing. It's also why they are so important.

Jobs in Curriculum and Instruction

Common titles for school administrators who oversee curriculum and instruction include instructional coordinators, curriculum specialists and education specialists. Those with a background in curriculum and instruction may also find opportunities with nonprofit organizations, government agencies and corporations.

Curriculum and instruction job requirements are likely to include:

●     Following trends in teaching and learning

●     Developing curriculum and instruction

●     Coordinating the implementation of curriculum

●     Planning and conducting teacher training

●     Observing teacher instruction and analyzing data to determine curriculum and instruction effectiveness

●     Reviewing and recommending textbooks

●     Mentoring teachers in instruction skills

Those who fill these roles are also often expected to know how to do needs assessments, develop learner assessment instructions, create lesson plans, do action research for trending, work with design teams and embrace educational technology.

Instructional coordinators have to do their jobs while balancing state and federal regulations, as well as the requirements of their local governing bodies, such as a school board or board of trustees. Depending on the size of the school, district, or institution, you might be required to specialize in specific grade levels, subjects or programs.

Along with a curriculum and instruction Master's in Education, many employers—particularly those in the public sector—require employees in these roles to have had experience working in a school, either as an administrator, principal or teacher. Because of that basic requirement, it’s common for students pursuing their master's in curriculum and instruction to do so while also working full-time.

Related Degrees

Related Degrees

Still not sure which specialization is right for you? You may want to consider these specializations:

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree: Specialization in Elementary Education

An advanced degree in elementary education is designed to help teachers enhance the classroom experience and prepare for grade-level leadership roles. The M.Ed. degree specialization in Elementary Education offers in-depth instruction in elementary education topics geared toward K–8 students.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree: Specialization in Secondary Education

Designed for certified teachers, the Master of Education with a specialization in Secondary Education focuses on the unique needs of teachers interested in studying advanced topics in secondary education, educational leadership and classroom strategy for high school students. Best of all, the program tuition is $15,000.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree: Specialization in Adult Education and Training

Sharpen your skills as an adult educator. Study the design, implementation and evaluation of adult-education programs. Acquire instructional techniques that you could use in workplace training, professional development and continuing-education programs.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree: Specialization in Leadership of Educational Organizations

Develop the knowledge and skills you want to become a school administrator or educational leader. The specialization in Leadership of Educational Organizations is designed to provide you with the skills needed to lead and develop educational programs, products and services in schools and in the workplace.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree: Specialization in Instructional Design and Technology

Use emerging technology to enhance learning and teaching. With a specialization in Instructional Design and Technology you can discover the potential of collaborative learning environments and create your own online, multimedia course content.

TEAC Accreditation

TEAC Accreditation

The Master of Education Program at American InterContinental University is awarded TEAC initial accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of three years, from October 2015 - October 2018, to complete the remainder of the five year term, beginning in 2013.

The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

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