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Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree with a Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction for Educators

Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Degree

Rethink the way you prepare and develop curriculum for your students with our accredited online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction program. Develop an understanding of how curricula are chosen and designed and how they can be enhanced to elevate learning and engagement in the classroom.

Next Start Date:
December 07, 2022
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Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Program Details

Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction 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 Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction 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. Candidates could develop a solid foundation in learning theory, instructional design and instructional technology, as well as application of educational research methods.

This professionally focused online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to help candidates 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 online Master's in Education program is designed to help candidates develop the in-depth, specialized knowledge they may be looking for.

Our online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction program can help you learn you 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 or advancement requirements; however, it may assist candidates in gaining these approvals in their state of residence depending on those requirements. Contact the state board of education in the applicable state(s) for details.

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Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Courses

Degree Requirements


Division Core
EDU602 Analysis, Assessment, and Technology 6
EDU604 Integrative Design and Evaluation 6
EDU622 Applying Learning Theories 6
EDU624 Mastery in Educational Specialty 6
Total Credit Hours: 24
Curriculum and Instruction for Educators
EDU633 Principles of Curriculum Improvement 6
EDU643 Designing Effective Curricula 6
EDU660 Curriculum Design and Evaluation 6
EDU673 Decision Making in Curriculum and Instruction 6
Total Credit Hours: 24

Total Credit Hours : 48


Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Classes Overview

In this specialized course of study, candidates 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 candidates in the development of their goals, as they can study advanced knowledge and skills common to today’s professional curriculum specialists. For an Online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction Degree, your classes may include:

Principles of Curriculum Improvement

In this course, candidates 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. Candidates 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. Candidates analyze the underlying assumptions and research supporting various teaching and design practices. Candidates 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. Candidates 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. Candidates will explore learning theories, such as cognitive, behaviorist, and constructivist. Candidates 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 candidate to demonstrate mastery of all the concepts and skills presented in the core courses and specialization courses in the candidate’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.

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Accreditation & Affiliations

AAQEP Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation

American InterContinental University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The Master of Education program has been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2026.

AIU is a proud member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), a leading voice on educator preparation. AACTE represents postsecondary institutions with educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners.

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