Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

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Our 30-credit Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction is a professional degree that supports K-12 teachers in the early stages of their careers. Delivered in a 100% online format, this program provides advanced training in instructional methods that will allow you to keep pace with the changing educational landscape. We prepare you to develop high-impact learning experiences for student learners by developing activities that are engaging, equitable, and empowering, and which will build your students' skills in complex thinking, collaboration, and communication. Through our emphasis on STEAM Education and Literacy, we ensure that your teaching practices align with the latest developments in 21st-century learning standards.

For teachers based in Pennsylvania, this MEd program fulfills the Act 48 continuing education requirements and provides the PA Department of Education STEM Endorsement, while also providing a master's degree to support your career advancement. This program does not confer state certification for pre-service teachers. Students seeking initial teacher certification should complete our school's Master of Arts in Teaching or Instructional I Certificate programs.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: 2 academic years (4 semesters)
  • Time Commitment: Full-time or Part-time 
  • Term of Enrollment: Rolling
  • Course Requirements: 30 credits 
  • Format: 100% Online
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions 
  • Admissions Requirements: GRE exam not required

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Program Details

Our MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree develops practicing teachers’ ability to create and facilitate cross-disciplinary (transdisciplinary) learning experiences that emphasize critical thinking, problem-based learning within real-world contexts, collaboration, creativity, and personal expression. These advanced teaching skills are represented in learning standards in most states, including Pennsylvania, and are considered highly desirable for most school districts. In addition, this program focuses on equity-oriented teaching practices that will increase equity within K-12 schools across a number of contexts.

The program addresses the gap in professional learning and training for teachers to teach STEAM and Literacy Education skills. There is much interest among practitioners and researchers in the STEAM approach because of early findings suggesting increased participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields. The program satisfies the requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education's STEM Endorsement. Related, the coursework in literacy addresses the need for all K-12 teachers to have strong foundational and pedagogical understanding of the role of literacy across all educational contexts. The International Literacy Association (ILA) defines literacy as, “the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, compute, and communicate using visual, audible, and digital materials across disciplines and in any context.”

In addition, coursework will consider the skills and habits of reflective practitioners (e.g., peer collaboration to support continuous improvement in instruction); methods for creating positive classroom supports (e.g., creating clear classroom norms and routines); approaches for connecting schools and communities (e.g., engaging in positive ways with caregivers and communities); and practices related to school safety and students' social and emotional wellbeing (e.g., navigating traumatic events, avoiding burnout, and utilizing humanizing pedagogies).

Curriculum Overview - 30 credits

General Courses (9 credits)
EDUC 2100: Education and Society
TLL 2405: Introduction to Action Research
EDUC 2300: Digital Media for Learning

STEAM-Oriented Courses (12 credits)
TLL 2008: STEAM: Instructional Design
TLL 2007: STEAM: Transdisciplinary Learning Approaches
TLL 2009: STEAM: Assessment
TLL 2010: STEAM: Implementation

Literacy-Focused Courses (9 credits)
TLL 2203 - Language & Language Systems
TLL 2243: Theory and Practice in Teaching Writing
TLL 2219: Disciplinary Literacy

Program Format

Our MEd in Curriculum and Instruction is offered 100% online to support the learning needs of working professionals. Additionally, we offer voluntary professional development experiences for students who wish to participate in in-person activities. Options include:

  • Annual summer workshop offered by the Western PA National Writing Project, which is led by Dr. Laura Roop, a faculty member in our Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading
  • Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum hosted by our school's Center for Urban Education
  • Remake Learning Network events

Degree Requirements

Students will complete coursework and create a capstone digital portfolio that reflects their learning and insight from their experiences in the program.


After completion of this degree program, current teacher license holders in Pennsylvania will receive the PA Department of Education's STEM Endorsement. This program does not confer state Instructional 1 certification for pre-service teachers.


Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree. 

Career Pathways

The MEd for Curriculum and Instruction is tied to opportunities for career advancement for new and practicing teachers. The State of Pennsylvania requires early-career teachers to complete a minimum number of credit hours of graduate-level work in order to gain their Level 2 teacher certification. In addition, many school districts offer pay incentives for teachers with a master's degree.

The program also satisfies the requirements of the PA Department of Education's STEM Endorsement. The credential opportunities additional opportunities for career advancement.