Master's in Curriculum and Instruction

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Shape the Future of Learning

The Curriculum and Instruction Master's program prepares educators and working professionals for increased responsibilities and leadership positions in various education settings in and outside of schools to impact organizational and social change. The program offers great flexibility and course options to address contemporary career changes and challenges. Topics include curriculum, teaching and learning, informal learning environments, social justice, and broader educational policies. 

Students individualize their degree program by choosing one of three concentrations highlighted below:

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Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration

The student and a faculty advisor collaborate to address the student’s career goals through a highly customized program of study. As part of the elective credits, students may earn a 12-credit gradate certificate in international education, literacy education, or TESOL.

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Elementary Education Concentration

The program includes study in curriculum development, research and evaluation of instructional practice, teacher education, work with special populations, and school policy and leadership. 

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Reading and Literacy Concentration

The program incorporates traditional and contemporary aspects of literacy education and provides a path to becoming a literacy education leader. Study curriculum practices in arts, humanities, museums and informal learning environments, and digital technologies to prepare for new teaching and learning opportunities.

 

 

 

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$6,000 Grant Opportunity
New students to the Curriculum & Instruction Master's program for 2023, who are eligible for scholarships, will receive a $6,000 grant and may receive additional funding through merit scholarships. 
Learn more about this grant >

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Experiential Learning Opportunities
Based on your background and career interests, students in the program can be matched with internships in the arts, humanities, and science centers in the Washington, D.C. region.  

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Study Abroad
Students may have the opportunity to participate in short-term study abroad trips for course credit. These opportunities allow students to further their work as scholar-practitioners through exposure to and research of other international perspectives.

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Convenient Schedule
Courses are scheduled to accommodate working professionals and for internship experiences.

 

 

The GW Advantage

The curriculum and pedagogical tools used in our schools are the foundation for educational and societal transformation. Where better to study and prepare to influence this transformation than in our nation's capital and the policymaking capital of the world? GSEHD students benefit from the University’s extraordinary access to leading national archives and libraries, urban and suburban public, charter, and private schools, and major science, arts, humanities, and performance centers.

 

 

 

 

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 Program at a Glance

Degree Awarded:

Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the field of curriculum and instruction

Department:

Curriculum and Pedagogy

course Delivery:

On-Campus: Foggy Bottom

Program entry:

Spring, Summer, Fall

Our Mission

The program prepares educators, specialists, and researchers through interdisciplinary, research-based programs. Graduates become:

  • Scholars in curriculum and pedagogy
  • Advocates for Social Justice and Diversity
  • Educators who integrate theory with practice in the arts, humanities, literacies, STEM, and TESOL
  • Dedicated leaders who strive to affect positive change in schools and out-of-school settings
Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration
 
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits 
Core courses
CPED 6305      Foundations of Curriculum Theory
CPED 6339      Teachers as Researchers
CPED 6608      Development and Diversity
Concentration coursework
21 credits in courses selected in consultation with the departmental advisor.
Successful completion of the master of arts in education and human development comprehensive exam is required.
Curriculum: Elementary Education Concentration
 
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits
Core courses
CPED 6305      Foundations of Curriculum Theory
CPED 6339      Teachers as Researchers
CPED 6608      Development and Diversity
Elementary education concentration courses
CPED 6410      Reading Children’s Literature across the Curriculum
CPED 6604      Perspectives in American Education
CPED 6606      Theories of Learning and Development
Electives
12 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with the program advisor.
Successful completion of the master of arts in education and human development comprehensive examination is required.
Curriculum: Reading and Literacy Education Concentration
 

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits 

Core courses
CPED 6305      Foundations of Curriculum Theory
CPED 6339      Teachers as Researchers
CPED 6608      Development and Diversity
Concentration courses
CPED 6223      Interdisciplinary Elementary School Literacies
CPED 6289      New Literacies Coach and Reading Specialist
CPED 6292      Practicum 2: Leadership in Interdisciplinary Literacies
CPED 6624      Foundations and Research of Literacy and Reading Education
CPED 6626      Practicum 1: Reading Diagnosis, Assessment, and Solutions
CPED 6628      Literacies in Informal Learning Environments
CPED 6691      Interdisciplinary Adolescent Literacies
Successful completion of the master of arts in education and human development comprehensive examination is required.
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office
Program Outcomes
  • Curriculum is tailored to our students’ career goals.
  • Students gain leadership skills for in and outside of schools in various educational and research settings. 
  • Students earn a master’s degree PLUS they may concurrently earn advanced certificates in Literacy Education, International Studies, or Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESOL).
  • Students acquire expertise in advanced, interdisciplinary curriculum and instruction design and development.

 

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 Apply Now

GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.

Ready to take the next step in your career? Review our step-by-step guide to applying to GSEHD >

To learn more about the program, admission process, and upcoming events, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at gsehdadm@gwu.edu or 202-994-9283.

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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree

  • Resume

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Two Letters of Recommendation

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants. For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQs page.

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Applications are now being accepted for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2023. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

  Spring Summer/Fall
Priority Deadline Aug 1 Nov 1
Round 1 Deadline Sept 15 Dec 15
Round 2 Deadline Nov 1 Jan 16
Round 3 Deadline Dec 15 March 1
Round 4 Deadline N/A May 1

 

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 Tuition & Financial Aid

 

Limited-Time Offer:

$6,000 Grant Opportunity: Newly admitted students to the Curriculum and Instruction Master's program in the Summer or Fall 2023 semesters, who are eligible for scholarships, will receive a $6,000 grant and may receive additional funding through merit scholarships. Learn more about this grant >


We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision - due in part to the costs of attending. At GW, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available to help fund your graduate education.

Learn more about scholarships, grants & financial aid     

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.

The tuition rate for the Master's in Curriculum and Instruction program is $1,815 per credit hour. This program requires 30 credits.

Please note: Additional fees may apply for international students, late fees, etc. Current tuition rates may be updated during the year.

Scholarships are available to eligible admitted students. Please review eligibility requirements on our Funding Your Education page.

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Maeve Chen
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GSEHD’s Curriculum and Instruction program has a unique concoction of interdisciplinary pedagogy, reading, and literacy, all of which prepare teachers to work with diverse programs and cultures. GW has a strong connection with prestigious schools in the DMV area, which provides greater opportunities to network and complete practicums. I believe this program will help me achieve my goals, particularly through the guidance and expertise of the faculty and the hands-on experience I've received.

MAEVE CHEN (Current Student)

 

 

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 Career Outlook


Graduates of this program have become leaders in and outside school settings in various educational settings and other organizations. Graduates have also become research experts, curriculum developers, and leaders in reading, literacy, TESOL and math intervention projects in and outside schools, as well as reading and literacy specialists and learning coaches.

Within this field, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports job growth of 7% over the next ten years1 resulting in about 658,200 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, about 929,900 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [Education, Training, and Library Occupations], Retrieved October 11 2022 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ education-training-and-library/home.htm.

Curriculum and Instruction Career Opportunities
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Graduates of this program have become:

  • Leaders in and outside school settings
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Leaders in reading, literacy, TESOL , Arts, Humanities, and STEM projects in and outside of schools

 

 

Curriculum & Instruction Faculty

Dr. Sylven Beck

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy

(202) 994-9084
Dr. Brian Casemore

Associate Professor, Curriculum Studies, Humanities

(202) 994-2011
Dr. Jonathan Eakle

Associate Professor, Literacy, Arts, and Humanities

(202) 994-6821
Dr. Colin Green

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy

(202) 994-0997
Dr. Jonathon Grooms

Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy; Science

(202) 994-2007
Dr. Karen Kortecamp

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy

(202) 994-1527
Dr. Curtis Pyke

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy; Mathematics

(202) 994-4516
Dr. Tiffany-Rose Sikorski

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy; Science

 

 

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