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You chose a career in education for the opportunity to inspire students—because when they succeed, you succeed. Our online MS in Education, Curriculum and Instruction program helps you build advanced expertise in the design and implementation of modern curricula and teaching methods. You’ll develop research-based knowledge to improve the way students learn today, and position yourself for leadership roles across a wide range of educational settings—including classrooms, buildings, or districts.
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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 mastery-based 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 competency-based 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 computer-based curriculum mapping applications. Learners who have taken ED8533 should not take ED5533. Rather, they should choose any other graduate-level education course to fulfill their specialization requirements.
|4 quarter credits|
Collaborative Learning Environments
Learners analyze systems for building, supporting, and sustaining collaborative learning by evaluating structures and systems that leverage technology to provide opportunities for collaborative learning and professional collaboration. Learners identify theories, research, and models that support collaborative learning and professional learning communities and investigate how to create opportunities for students and teachers to work collaboratively within live and virtual settings.
|4 quarter credits|
Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap
Learners in this course examine the origins and complexities of student achievement gaps within the contexts of gender, race, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and language difference. Learners also explore current student achievement research and best practices and identify instructional strategies most likely to eliminate achievement disparities. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district.
|4 quarter credits|
This degree program equips you with research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective leadership in curriculum and instruction at the classroom, building, and district level. It is designed for teachers interested in teaching-improvement initiatives supported by current theory and research in curriculum design and instructional models, as well as key assessment strategies for increasing student achievement. You’ll participate in course discussions and activities that provide practical experiences, and collaborate on projects that blend theory, research, and practice.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$460 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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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2020–2021
“The field of education is constantly changing, so as a teacher, I need to constantly be learning as much as I can to stay on the top of my game, and then give my students the best education that I can.”
Michelle Emerson* – Master of Education graduate
*Actual FlexPath graduate compensated for appearing in Capella promotional materials.
Applicants to the MSEd in Curriculum & Instruction program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
Learn more about international student admissions.
Our programs are designed to meet the unique needs of a master’s student. We’ve structured the experience in manageable pieces to help you earn your degree with support from faculty, staff and online resources.
Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MSEd in Curriculum & Instruction.
Job titles to explore
Employment settings to explore
*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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