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Curriculum and Instruction Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education


Total program credits needed for graduation: 46

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

11 Required Courses, 46 quarter credits

ED5010 Foundations of Master’s Studies in Education 4 quarter credits
ED5500 Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment OR 4 quarter credits
EDT5130 Understanding Competency-Based Curriculum and Instruction 4 quarter credits
ED5503 Classroom Management Strategies OR 4 quarter credits
EDT5122 Digital Citizenship and Technology Applications 4 quarter credits
ED5504 Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap 4 quarter credits
ED5006 Survey of Research Methodology 4 quarter credits

In addition, choose one from the following courses:

ED5501 Assessment and Improvement of Instruction 4 quarter credits
EDT5140 Personalized Learning: Instruction and Assessment 4 quarter credits
EDT5142 Adaptive Instruction and Assessment 4 quarter credits
EDT5150 Instructional Coaching to Improve Teaching and Learning 4 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

22 quarter credits

ED5533 Curriculum Mapping: Reflection and Practice 4 quarter credits
ED5534* Instruction and Assessment: Theory and Practice OR 4 quarter credits
EDT5142 Adaptive Instruction and Assessment 4 quarter credits
ED5535* Collaboration for the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction OR 4 quarter credits
DT5126 Collaborative Learning Environments 4 quarter credits
ED5538* Program Evaluation of Curriculum and Instruction 4 quarter credits
ED5546* Curriculum and Instruction Practicum for Master's Learners 6 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website ( Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

Kentucky residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

You may be able to fulfill some requirements by completing a professional development course while you are enrolled in your program.

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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