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 Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education, or Reading and Literacy. 

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.

Highlights

Why a GW Master's in Curriculum and 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 and 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 and 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.

Curriculum

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)

CPED 6305 Foundations of Curriculum Theory
CPED 6339 Teachers as Researchers
CPED 6608 Development and Diversity;

Elementary Education Concentration Requirements

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.

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 selected in consultation with the program advisor.

Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration Requirements:

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.

Reading and Literacy Concentration requirements:

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.

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

Faculty

 

Beck, Sylven Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy
Casemore, Brian Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy; English
Eakle, Jonathan Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy
Green, Colin Academic Dean; Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy
Grooms, Jonathon Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy; Science
Kortecamp, Karen Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy
Pyke, Curtis Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy; Mathematics
Sikorski, Tiffany Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy; Science
Tate, Patricia Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Career Outlook

Opportunities

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.

Admissions

Program Entry:
Elementary Education Concentration
Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration
Reading and Literacy Concentration

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.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022 start terms on a rolling basis.  The next priority deadline to apply is December 15th.  If you have questions about submitting your application, please contact our Admission Office at gsehdadm@gwu.edu or at 202.994.9283.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Master's in Curriculum and Instruction program located on campus (202-994-9283).