Master's in Curriculum and Instruction

Why a GW Master's in Curriculum & Instruction?

Our program prepares teachers and other educational personnel for increased responsibilities in the planning, implementation, research, and evaluation of curriculum and instruction. A minimum 33-credit-hour program includes study in curriculum development, research and evaluation of instructional practice, teacher education, work with special populations, and school policy and leadership. A program specialty concentration may include reading and literacy, elementary education, or secondary education.

Students enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction Masters program 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.


Why a GW Master's in Curriculum & Instruction?

  • Research & Applied Practice: GSEHD graduates are equipped with the knowledge and training to improve K-16 education in local, national, and international settings. With the flexibility to begin in fall, spring or summer semesters, students improve their practice as they conduct research on curriculum, instruction, assessment and the politics of learning environments both within and outside the US.
  • Flexibility: With the flexibility to begin in fall, spring or summer semesters, the program adjusts to your schedule and needs.
  • Internships with Impact:Students have the option to pursue internships in local schools and educational organizations. 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. Students can dual enroll and earn a Certificate in Incorporating International Perspectives in Education concurrently.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 9 credits in core courses, 15 credits in courses in the concentration, 9 credits in elective courses, 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 6305 Foundations of Curriculum Theory
CPED 6239 Practicum 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.

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