Educators, probably more than anyone else, recognize the value of continual learning and growth. There are many educational opportunities for those looking to advance their knowledge and skills but aren’t necessarily looking to step into the principal or superintendent track.

About Salem’s Online Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree

At Salem University, our online Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction takes you beyond the foundations of educational theories and techniques and builds upon a variety of teaching and learning specializations. For those who are interested in honing the all-important art of teaching across a range of settings, audiences, and ages, our curriculum and instruction master’s degree in curriculum and instruction online can give you the knowledge to develop new leadership skills, broaden your opportunities for growth, or step into positions aimed at training and professional development. 

We’ve designed our master’s degree programs to be fully online, with a high-quality curriculum that aims to provide opportunities for professional growth and development; develop skills that allow you to conduct research and integrate theory and practice; and promote excellence in leadership, scholarship, work, and life. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule.

What Can I Do With a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction?

The master’s in curriculum and instruction online program prepares you to step into advanced leadership and administrative roles like:

  • Education Researcher
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Curriculum Leader
  • Instructional Designer
  • Dean of Students
  • Educational Consultant

What Will I Learn in Salem’s M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction?

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree program is built on a foundation in advanced courses in education with courses that focus on specializations in teaching and learning in a variety of settings. These master’s degree in education online specializations include:

  • Higher Education Administration — Understand how to effectively lead and communicate in a college or university setting by studying topics like college student development, educational law, financial management, academic administration, and student affairs.
  • Instructional Technology — Prepare for career opportunities as a learning technology or library media specialist by developing a broad understanding of technology tools available to support instruction, curriculum development, and instructional design from pre-kindergarten to high school.
  • Organizational Training & Talent Development — Be a key player in the success of an organization by learning how to analyze organizational and personnel needs, assess potential candidates, manage training and onboarding, support team and group dynamics, and address obstacles in achieving organizational goals.
  • Teacher Leadership — Develop the leadership, communication, and advocacy skills you need to make a positive impact beyond the classroom and support district families in understanding and shaping education policy at the local, state, and national levels.

While each curriculum and instruction master’s specialization area has different learning goals and outcomes, all of them also incorporate some very specific objectives, including how to:

  • Align program content with organizational goals and professional standards
  • Work collaboratively with fellow professionals to support the teaching and learning process
  • Design, deliver, and evaluate programs for effective teaching, training, and learning
  • Integrate appropriate technology into program design and delivery
  • Assess, evaluate, and revise curriculum in terms of achievement of learning outcomes

What Curriculum & Instruction Classes Will I Take for My Master’s Degree?

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership requires the successful completion of 30 post-bachelor’s credits. Your curriculum and instruction master’s courses will vary depending on the specialization you choose.

For Higher Education Administration, you’ll take:

  • EDU500 Foundations, Issues, and Trends
  • EDU548 Best Practices in Online Instructional Delivery
  • EDU570 Curriculum Development
  • EDU585 Assessment of Student Learning
  • EDU600 Program Evaluation
  • EDU605 Higher Education Leadership
  • EDU655 Professional Development Leadership
  • EDU680 Education Law
  • HEA550 College Student Development
  • HEA640 Education Finance

For Instructional Technology, you’ll take:

  • EDU500 Foundations, Issues & Trends in Education
  • EDU505 Research Methods
  • EDU540 Introduction to Educational Technology
  • EDU541 Tools for Technology Integration
  • EDU542 Technology Applications for Curriculum
  • EDU544 Technology Competencies for Curriculum Leaders
  • EDU549 Digital Ethics and Citizenship
  • EDU570 Curriculum Development
  • EDU580 Analysis and Evaluation of Instruction
  • EDU655 Professional Development Leadership

For Organization Training & Talent Development, you’ll take:

  • EDU500 Foundations, Issues & Trends in Education
  • EDU505 Research Methods
  • EDU510 Group Dynamics
  • EDU511 Soft Skills & Conflict Management
  • EDU548 Best Practices in Online Instructional Delivery
  • EDU549 Digital Ethics and Citizenship
  • EDU570 Curriculum Development
  • EDU580 Analysis and Evaluation of Instruction
  • EDU620 Foundations of Project Management
  • EDU655 Professional Development Leadership

For Teacher Leadership, you’ll take:

  • EDU500 Foundations, Issues & Trends in Education
  • EDU505 Research Methods
  • EDU510 Group Dynamics
  • EDU549 Digital Ethics and Citizenship
  • EDU570 Curriculum Development
  • EDU580 Analysis and Evaluation of Instruction
  • EDU585 Assessment of Learning
  • EDU652 School, District & Community Leadership
  • EDU655 Professional Development Leadership
  • EDU658 Education Advocacy & Student Support Systems


Transfer 6 credit hours from your TeacherReady training towards your M.Ed. and start your career leading a classroom and teaching future generations of learners.

How Long Will It Take to Get My M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction?

On average, a full-time student can earn their master’s degree with a specialization in Curriculum & Instruction in approximately 12 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. It’d be best to contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Education Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction?

A Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction focuses on developing expertise in designing effective educational curricula, improving teaching methodologies, and enhancing classroom instruction.

What career opportunities are available with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction?

Graduates can pursue roles such as curriculum specialist, instructional coordinator, curriculum developer, teacher trainer, educational consultant, or instructional coach.

Can I specialize in a specific area within a Master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction?

Some programs offer specialization options such as STEM education, literacy instruction, special education, or technology integration to align with your interests.

Is work experience required before enrolling in a Master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction?

While some programs prefer applicants with teaching experience, others may accept individuals with a strong academic background and a passion for curriculum development.

What subjects are covered in the curriculum of a Master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction?

The curriculum often includes courses on curriculum design, educational assessment, instructional strategies, educational technology, and research methods.

Are there practical components like internships or projects in the program?

Many programs incorporate practical components such as classroom observations, curriculum design projects, and field experiences to provide hands-on learning.

Can I work while pursuing a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction?

Yes, many programs offer flexible schedules, including part-time and online options, to accommodate working educators.

How long does it take to complete a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction?

The duration varies, but full-time programs generally take around 1.5 to 2 years. Part-time or online options may extend the duration.

Why Should I Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

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