Master's in Curriculum and Instruction
Shape the Future of Learning
Our Master's in Curriculum and Instruction program empowers working professionals to step into leadership roles—within traditional school settings, informal learning environments, or educational organizations. Driven by fostering positive organizational and social change in the field of education, the program’s versatile courses encompass critical areas such as equitable curriculum development, instructional design across diverse settings, social justice, arts, humanities, STEM, and educational policies and practices.
With a wealth of "only at GW" opportunities, including unparalleled access to major national museums, our classrooms extend into the city, allowing you to immerse yourself in a vibrant educational hub. The program offers flexibility and diverse course options to address various contemporary career changes and challenges. Individualize your degree to align your studies with your career aspirations by choosing one of our three specialized concentrations highlighted below:
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 21 elective credits, students may earn a 12-credit gradate certificate in international education, literacy education, or Curriculum Development, Evaluation, and Writing.
The program includes study in curriculum development, research and evaluation of instructional practice, teacher education, work with special populations, and school policy and leadership.
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.
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.
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.
Courses are scheduled to accommodate working professionals and for internship experiences.
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.
Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and Pedagogy
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, including 9 credits in core courses and 21 credits in courses selected with the advisor; and successful completion of the master of arts in education and human development comprehensive examination.
Course List Code Title 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. Comprehensive Examination Successful completion of the master of arts in education and human development comprehensive exam is required. Course List
- Curriculum: Elementary Education Concentration
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including 9 credits in core courses, 12 credits in courses in the concentration, 9 credits in elective courses, and successful completion of the master of arts in education and human development comprehensive examination.
Course List Course List Code Title Core Courses CPED 6305 Foundations of Curriculum Theory CPED 6339 Teachers as Researchers CPED 6608 Development and Diversity Concentration Coursework 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. Comprehensive Examination 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, including 9 credits in core courses, 15 credits in courses in the concentration, 6 credits in elective courses, and successful completion of the master of arts in education and human development comprehensive examination.
Course List Code Title 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 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 Electives 6 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with the program advisor. Master's Comprehensive Examination Successful completion of the master of arts in education and human development comprehensive examination.
- 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.
GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.
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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
Statement of Purpose
Two Letters of Recommendation
Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.
Applications are now being accepted for Spring, Summer and Fall 2024. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.
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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)
Graduates of this program have become leaders in and outside school settings in various educational settings, including non-profit and for profit 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. The program also offers pathways for advanced doctoral study in the arts, humanities, and STEM.
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
Graduates of this program have become:
- Leaders in and outside school settings
- Curriculum Developers
- University Instructors
- Doctoral Studies
- Leaders in reading, literacy, TESOL , Arts, Humanities, and STEM projects in and outside of schools