Master's in Curriculum and Instruction

The best practices used in teaching and learning to increase student achievement both within and outside schools are ever-evolving. The curriculum and pedagogical tools used in our nation's schools are the foundation for educational and societal transformation.

The Curriculum & Instruction Master's program, located in Washington DC, prepares teachers and other educational personnel for increased responsibilities in the planning, implementation, research, and evaluation of curriculum and instruction. Students have the opportunity to analyze and critique current standards and impact the future of education in K-16 settings. Optional internships give students a first-hand experience in local schools and educational organizations to impact organizational and social change. Unique to the George Washington University's program, students in the program will individualize their program by selecting a concentration in reading and literacy, elementary education, or secondary education.

Students enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction Master’s program (Interdisciplinary Studies: Literacy and Reading Education) qualify for state licensure as a literacy coach and reading specialist, which can lead to other leadership positions at school, district, and state levels.

Students enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction Master's program (Elementary Education or Secondary Education concentrations) may do so concurrently with the Graduate Certificate in Incorporating International Perspectives in Education or the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Courses can be applied toward earning the Masters degree and certificates.

GSEHD graduates are equipped with the knowledge and training to improve K-16 education in local, national, and international settings. Graduates of this program have become managers of educational organizations, research experts, curriculum developers, reading and math intervention leaders, English language educators, reading specialists, and literacy specialists.


Why a GW Master's in Curriculum & Instruction?

Convenient Schedule: Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and for internship experiences. With the flexibility to begin in fall, spring or summer semesters, the program adjusts to your schedule and needs.

Location:There is no better place to examine education reform than in the heart of our nation's capital, Washington, DC. Given our unique location in the nation's capital, graduates have the opportunity to study and have an impact on the policy, standards and the course of education. Our location also gives students in the Curriculum & Instruction program access to urban or suburban; public, charter, or private schools. This allows students to examine, compare, and contrast schools with widely different student populations, structures, and demographics. Students have the option to pursue internships in a variety of these local schools and educational organizations.

Study Abroad:Students in the Curriculum & Instruction program 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.


The following requirements must be fulfilled: a minimum of 30 credit hours (depending on concentration) and completion of the Master of Arts in Education and Human Development comprehensive examination.

CORE COURSES (All Concentrations)
EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research
CPED 6340 Teacher Leadership in Education
CPED 6608 Development and Diversity

Elementary Education Concentration Requirements
CPED 6305 Foundations of Curriculum Theory
CPED 6606 Theories of Learning and Development
CPED 6622 Foundations of Reading Development
CPED 6225 Introduction to International Curricula
EDUC 6615 Internationalizing U.S. Schools
9 credits in elective courses. Electives should be selected in consultation with the program advisor.

Interdisciplinary Studies: Literacy and Reading Education Concentration Requirements:
CPED 6223 Elementary School Literacy: Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning
CPED 6289 Roles of Literacy Education Leaders & Reading Specialists
CPED 6292 Practicum 2: Leadership in Interdisciplinary Literacy; Collaboration, Planning & Communication
CPED 6624 Foundations and Research of Literacy and Reading Education
CPED 6626 Reading Diagnosis, Assessment & Solutions
CPED 6628 Teaching and Learning of Literacies in Informal Learning Environments
CPED 6691 Interdisciplinary Adolescent Literacies

Secondary Education Concentration requirements:
CPED 6305Foundations of Curriculum Theory
CPED 6239Practicum in Curriculum and Instruction
The remaining 21 credits should be selected in consultation with the departmental advisor

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Recent graduates have become managers of Teacher Leadership Development at Teach for America, research experts at the American Institutes for Research, Reading and Math Intervention Leaders, English Language Lead Educators, and Reading and Literacy Specialists.



Program Entry: Fall, Spring, and Summer
Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
Campus: Main Campus

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

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In the News

Dr. Gloria Horrworth, Professor Emeritus of Reading Education, established the endowment in 2001 in memory of her son, John, who was an avid reader before his passing from leukemia at the age of 14. The endowment provides annual cash prizes to the Elementary Education Program Children's Literature course students who prevail in a children’s book writing competition. Dr. Horrworth passed away on March 30 in 2018.

Dr. Tiffany Sikorski was quoted in the GW Today story about GSEHD's project with Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School entitled, "GW Helps Local School Develop School-Wide STEM Curriculum."

Dr. Lottie Baker presented a talk at the International Symposium for Languages for Specific Purposes (ISLSP) & CIBER Business Language Conference, held in Charlotte, NC, March 5-7.

GSEHD alumna Liz McCartney (master's, Curriculum and Instruction) was highlighted in BC Heights article, "McCartney Picks Up the Pieces in Recovering Communities."

GSEHD alumna Monique Sullivan (master's, Elementary Education) was highlighted in the DC Area Educators for Social Justice's online post, "Teaching How Black Lives Matter in History with Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence." The article discusses one of her history lessons at Watkins Elementary School in South