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Curriculum and Instruction Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

Inspire Students to Improve Achievement

We understand that engaging students to achieve academic success is why you entered education. No matter where you are in your career, Capella’s online master’s in education, curriculum, and instruction degree provides the tools you can use to help your students succeed. You’ll develop and demonstrate the research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for effective classroom, building, and district-level leadership in curriculum and instruction.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 6 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses
  • Practicum

Classes Start October 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Develop Curricula

You’ll learn to incorporate local philosophy and mission, research, current trends, and community and societal needs.

Instruct, Design, & Assess Learning

You’ll focus on applying current theory, research, and technology to designing curriculum and instructional models. 

Encourage & Support Collaboration

Work together for the improvement of curriculum and instruction.

Lead in Curriculum & Instruction

Participate in practical experiences and projects that demonstrate innovative and timely theory, research, and practice.

Apply Research

Evaluate and incorporate research to enrich practice and theory in curriculum.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Aligned Curriculum

This specialization is designed around leading national standards in the field of education.

Free Professional Development

Earn clock hours for free, and apply your learning to a Capella degree program for a small, per-credit fee to help you save time and money.

NCATE accreditation

This specialization is part of Capella’s Education Preparation Provider Unit, which has been accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards for a period of eight years, from October 22, 2010, to December 31, 2018. 

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$453 per credit, 46 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 


Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The curriculum in our online master's in education, curriculum, and instruction program provides practical, hands-on projects and coursework to advance your expertise in incorporating innovation, theory, and research into designing curriculum and instruction.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED5500 Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
EDT5142 Adaptive Instruction and Assessment
ED5533 Curriculum Mapping: Reflection and Practice
EDT5126 Collaborative Learning Environments

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MS in Education, Curriculum and Instruction degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • K-12 teacher
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Curriculum designer

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • K-12 public, private, or charter school
  • School district office
  • Continuing education program
  • State education department
  • Community or technical college
  • Research or policy organization

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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Ready for the Next Step?

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