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Online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction


Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction

The online Master of Education in curriculum and instruction at the University of Mount Union combines relevant and engaging curriculum with a level of convenience and flexibility that working professionals require.


With the ever-changing P-12 educational landscape, improving student achievement requires teaching professionals to utilize innovation and assessment. Through the further study of pedagogy and the development of their skills in the design, delivery, and assessment of lessons, units, and programs, students will be prepared to make lasting impacts in their school districts.  

Career Paths for Curriculum and Instruction Degree Graduates

Professionals earning the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction often identify as teacher leaders. They use their degrees to become effective department chairs, team leaders, professional developers, and mentors. Some candidates for the curriculum and instruction concentration leverage their degrees to become program coordinators and program designers in non-profit educational settings. Whether you are interested in early childhood, private school leadership, museum education, or on-line course design, this degree can help you meet myriad goals. Curriculum and instruction leaders can do many things.

  • Credit Hours


    Structured for two, seven-week classes per term for five semesters, this M.Ed. is 30 total credit hours.

  • Cost per credit hour


    The 2022-2023 cost per credit hour for the M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction is $610. (discounts available)

  • Starts


    The M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction can be started in the fall, spring, or summer term.

Courses in Curriculum and Instruction

Students in the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program study the process of curriculum development, including research, theory, and evaluation.


Curriculum Evaluation: This course focuses on understanding the concepts of evaluation and how to effectively apply it in the classroom, particularly in relation to student evaluation. Major approaches to evaluation, the relationship between evaluation and research, and evaluation of teaching and curricula are discussed, as is the history of evaluation, the relation of evaluation to curriculum, various theories of evaluation, and the difference between evaluation and research.

Curriculum Theorizing: Students in this class explore and apply the latest research on effective curriculum design in individually-based classroom or action research projects. Data is collected, analyzed, reported, and compared to literature and theory in the field of education representing a culminating project for the Curriculum and Instruction program. 

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Admission Requirements | Online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Degree/Credentials: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

Undergraduate Achievement: Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average equal to or greater than a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate study.

Experience: Provide a curriculum vitae or résumé.

Essay and Writing Ability: Applicants will submit an essay of approximately 250-500 words which outlines the applicant’s career aspirations and rationale for applying to the program. This piece will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write at the graduate level.

Professional Recommendations: Provide two recommendations from employers or former professors who are in a position to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate level study and research, as well as suitability for educational leadership.

Consideration for Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis and will be asked to submit additional documentation in an attempt to gain conditional admission.

Personal Interview: Applicants may be selected for an interview to be conducted using phone/video conferencing. Applicants who successfully complete the interview will be admitted into the Master of Education program.


Transfer Credit Policy: A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate transfer credits will be considered for transfer credit. The course(s) must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution and be aligned with the objectives for the University of Mount Union course(s), and only coursework earning a grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit. Additional credits may be transferred on a case-by-case basis.

A candidate wishing transfer credit must submit an official transcript, along with a copy of the appropriate course description from the graduate catalogue of the respective institution and may be asked to offer additional documentation (such as a course syllabus). To initiate a transfer credit evaluation, email a request to Dr. Melissa Askren-Edgehouse, Chair, Department of Education at

Enrollment Deposit: If admitted to the program, candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250. This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges. Pay Your Deposit

TOEFL Requirement: For admission into the Master of Education program, applicants whose primary language is not English must have a recent IBT (Internet- Based TOEFL) score of 100 or more in addition to meeting other program requirements.

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