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 (Reading and Literacy Education concentration) 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 Interdisciplinary Studies 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.

Students enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction Master's program (Elementary Education, Reading and Literacy Education, or Interdisciplinary Studies concentrations) may do so concurrently with the Graduate Certificate in Literacy Education. Courses can be applied toward earning the Masters degree and certificate.

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: 30 credit hours and completion of the Master of Arts in Education and Human Development comprehensive examination.

CORE COURSES (All Concentrations)
CPED 6305 Foundations of Curriculum Theory
CPED 6339 Teachers as Researchers
CPED 6608 Development and Diversity

Elementary Education Concentration Requirements
CPED 6410 Reading Children’s Literature across the Curriculum
CPED 6604 Perspectives in American Education
CPED 6606 Theories of Learning and Development
12 credits in elective courses. Electives should be selected in consultation with the program advisor.

Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration requirements:
The remaining 21 credits should be selected in consultation with the departmental advisor

Reading and Literacy 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

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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:
Reading and Literacy Education Concentration - Fall 2021
Elementary Education Concentration - Fall 2021
Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration - Any Semester

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.

We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible. We are still accepting applications for Fall 2021 on a case-by-case basis. Be among the first considered for Spring 2022 enrollment by submitting your application by August 1, 2021. The regular deadline for Spring 2022 enrollment is September 15, 2021.

Transformation Begins Here

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In the News

GSEHD alumna Dr. Lydia Carlis (master's, Curriculum and Instruction) has become the new Chief Program and People Officer at Acelero Learning. In this role, Dr. Carlis will lead the organization's programmatic strategy to improve and scale positive outcomes for children and families in early childhood programs across the country.

Dr. Jonathan Eakle and doctoral student Erin Bailey (Curriculum and Instruction) published an article in Qualitative Inquiry entitled, “Playing Baroque Lines with Deleuze, Guattari, and Klee in an Art Museum.”

Dr. Jonathon Grooms published an article entitled, "A comparison of argument quality and students’ conceptions of data and evidence for undergraduates experiencing two types of laboratory instruction" in the Journal of Chemical Education.

Master's student Jason Starita (Curriculum and Instruction) published a paper with Dr. Tiffany Sikorski entitled, "What makes a person a physicist? Learning Assistant and physics major views" in the PERC Proceedings.

Dr. Tiffany Sikorski is part of a cross-school team that was just awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project, Service Learning Projects to Improve Engineering Students' Civic Engagement and Capacity for Innovation. The project will mentor students in civic responsibility, empathy, and social innovation as part of their learning to be future engineers.

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