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Master of Education in
Curriculum and Instruction

Program Summary

Advance your knowledge of curriculum, teaching, learning, teacher education, and educational supervision with this M.Ed. This flexible degree program allows you to choose your area of emphasis, preparing you to succeed in an increasingly diverse educational landscape.
How To Apply
Apply by April 1 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

30 Credits $1,007 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

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Specialize with Penn State's M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30-credit degree program offered by Penn State's College of Education and delivered online through Penn State World Campus. This curriculum and instruction master's program is taught by the same nationally recognized faculty who teach on campus.

With the online Penn State graduate program, you can advance your knowledge about curriculum, teaching, learning, teacher education, or educational supervision through exemplary scholarship and research. Prepare now to meet the challenges facing education in diverse and changing social, cultural, economic, and physical environments. This program does not lead to a teacher certification.

What Makes Our Online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Different?

Penn State's Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction offers:

  • six paths of learning — Children's Literature; STEM Education; Elementary Education; Curriculum and Supervision; Curriculum and Instruction Customized Path; and a specialized path which allows you to choose to focus on English Language Arts, World Languages/ESL, or Social Studies
  • online courses replicating those in our rigorous, prestigious, high-quality residential program
  • a program from a university long renowned for preparing and supporting teachers and education professionals
  • the use of asynchronous communication so you can study and interact in a "classroom" from anywhere in the world

Choose One of Six Learning Paths 

You must take a certain number of required courses, regardless of your selected learning path. If you apply to the specialized path or to the customized path in curriculum and instruction, you will work directly with your faculty adviser to choose appropriate courses. For all students, a culminating master's paper or project approved by your adviser and the department completes the requirements for the master's degree. Select one of the following learning paths:

Children's Literature
Develop your skills and knowledge in working with and transforming the lives of young readers. Hone your strategies for encouraging reading, enjoy engaging with many different forms of children's and adolescents' literature, and inspire further exploration of literature for young readers.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education
Deepen your understanding of education in the STEM subject areas and their interactions. Sharpen and enhance your STEM teaching practices to teach your students more effectively. This program presents cutting-edge, research-based instructional STEM practices that you can begin using immediately in your classroom. 

Elementary Education
Learn the latest in language and literacy, classroom management, second language teaching, and science or mathematics education. Collaborate with other professionals to become better equipped to provide leadership in a variety of roles and to enhance educational practices. This program is intended for professionals in an elementary education or related setting.

Curriculum and Supervision
Pursue your passion for student, teacher, and school development. In this multidisciplinary program, you will explore curriculum, professional development, teacher leadership, and instructional supervision holistically, using a broad perspective of schooling. Along with other students and faculty, you will study and conduct research that will contribute to your understanding of how teachers learn and develop in both formal and informal learning communities.

Curriculum and Instruction Customized Path
Provides a broad experience across the different fields of curriculum and instruction, allowing you to study a wide range of educational topics. In consultation with your faculty adviser, you will choose 15 credits to create a program of study that serves your intellectual interests and professional goals.

Specialized Path: English Language Arts, World Languages/ESL, or Social Studies
Allows focused study of teaching, learning, and curriculum in your particular K–12 subject area:

  • English language arts, reading and writing, literature, and media literacies
  • world languages, English as a second language/English-language learners
  • social studies education, including history and civics

In consultation with your faculty adviser, you will choose 15 credits to create a program of study that consists of specialized classes and other courses relevant to your professional interests. This may include higher-level academic content courses in your subject. When you apply, you will identify your subject area of interest so that you may be linked with an appropriate faculty adviser.

Please note that this master's degree program is not designed to lead to initial teacher certification in any state; however, it may help you renew or maintain your existing certification if you are already a certified teacher. Please check with your state's Department of Education for initial licensure requirements and renewal and maintenance requirements.

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