Curriculum & Instruction MS in Education

Master of Science in Education

Empower students to achieve academic success

Inspiring students is why you chose an education career. When they succeed, you succeed. In our online master’s in education, curriculum and instruction degree, you’ll design and implement effective curricula using research-based knowledge. Step up as a leader who can provide innovative curriculum and instruction in classrooms, buildings, or districts.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 6 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 1 Practicum
  • 46 Total quarter credits (12 max transfer credits)

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Classes Start October 12th

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MS in Education, Curriculum & Instruction program highlights

Professionally aligned curriculum

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

Complimentary professional development

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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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$455 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.  

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Accredited & recognized

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

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. 

Save 30% off your master's

Apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to receive 30% off the cost of tuition.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our prior learning assessment process.

Master's in Education 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.

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Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

In this course, learners examine national and state learning standards related to their content area or grade level. Learners utilize research-based curriculum to craft assessments that are aligned to standards, and implement instruction that is meaningful to students and supports their academic achievement. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district.

4 quarter credits
Adaptive Instruction and Assessment

In this course, learners analyze theories of constructivism and cognitive flexibility and implement adaptive learning approaches to meet the needs of diverse learners. Further, learners apply the Universal Design framework to instructional design and evaluate adaptive learning dashboards that provide continuous assessment of masterybased learning. Learners also analyze facilitator-driven and assessment-driven systems and evaluate the effectiveness of mastery-based learning in student needs, including those of students with disabilities, English language learners, and students who are gifted or talented. The course includes an emphasis on the purpose and impact of computer-aided instruction and assessment on student achievement in competencybased education (CBE). This course requires access to an educational setting, students or learners, and/or classroom practitioners.

4 quarter credits
Curriculum Mapping: Reflection and Practice

Learners in this course formulate a research-based professional vision for curriculum design and develop a curriculum for a specific content and grade-level application using computerbased curriculum mapping applications. Learners who have taken ED8533 should not take ED5533. Rather, they should choose any other graduate-level course in the School of Education to fulfill their specialization requirements.

4 quarter credits
Collaborative Learning Environments

This course focuses on creating systems for building, supporting, and sustaining collaborative learning. Learners evaluate structures and systems that leverage technology to provide opportunities for collaborative learning and professional collaboration. Learners explore theories, research, and models that support collaborative learning and professional learning communities, and also how to create opportunities for students and teachers to work collaboratively within live and virtual settings.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Gain expertise in developing curricula that inspires students.

  • Implement learnings to lead development of new strategic curriculum design and instruction.
  • Use multiple models, resources, and management strategies to meet the needs of and engage diverse populations.
  • Develop assessment-driven, standards-based instruction or training.
  • Apply technology effectively to improve learning, productivity, and professional practice.

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


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Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

MS Curriculum & Instruction career insights

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Curriculum & Instruction professional paths

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*

  • K-12 teacher
  • K-12 lead teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Education consultant
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • K-12 public or private school
  • K-12 virtual or charter school
  • School district
  • Government- local, state, federal
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Educational consulting firm

*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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