Pennsylvania State University

World Campus

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Program Information

Degree Offered:

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction is a 30-credit degree program offered by Penn State's College of Education and delivered online through Penn State World Campus, recently ranked No. 6 by U.S. News & World Report for having the Best Online Graduate Education Programs. This curriculum and instruction master's program is taught by the same nationally recognized faculty who teach on campus.

With this online Penn State graduate program, you can advance your knowledge about curriculum, teaching, learning, teacher education, or educational supervision through exemplary scholarship and research. Prepare now to meet the challenges facing education, in diverse and changing social, cultural, economic, and physical environments. This program does not lead to a teacher certification.

What Makes Our Online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Different?

Penn State's Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction offers:

  • five emphasis areas — Children's Literature, STEM Education, Elementary Education, Curriculum and Supervision, and Theory and Practice in English, Social Studies, and World Languages
  • an additional path that allows you to work with an adviser to customize your own master's degree in curriculum and instruction
  • online courses replicating those in our rigorous, prestigious, high-quality residential program
  • a program from a university long renowned for preparing and supporting teachers and education professionals
  • the use of asynchronous communication so you can study and interact in a "classroom" from anywhere in the world

 

Choose Courses in One of Five Emphases

A set number of required core courses anchor each emphasis. For each emphasis, there are suggested emphasis and elective courses. A culminating master's paper approved by your adviser and the department fulfills the requirements for the master's degree. The emphases include: 

Children's Literature
Develop your skills and knowledge in working with and transforming the lives of young readers. Hone your strategies for encouraging reading, enjoy engaging with many different forms of children's and adolescents' literature, and inspire further exploration of literature for young readers.

STEM Education
Deepen your understanding of education in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subject areas and their interactions. Sharpen and enhance your STEM teaching practices to teach your students more effectively. This program presents cutting-edge, research-based instructional STEM practices that you can begin to start using immediately in your classroom. 

Elementary Education
This program is intended for professionals in an elementary education or related setting. Learn the latest in language and literacy, classroom management, second language teaching, and science or mathematics education. Collaborate with other professionals to become better equipped to provide leadership in a variety of roles and to improve on educational practices.

Curriculum and Supervision
Pursue your passion for student, teacher, and school development. In this multidisciplinary program, you will explore curriculum, professional development, teacher leadership, and instructional supervision holistically, using the broad perspective of schooling. Along with other students and faculty, you'll study and conduct research that will contribute to your understanding of how teachers learn and develop in both formal and informal learning communities.

Theory and Practice in English, Social Studies, and World Languages
As an educator in this program, you will explore pedagogical and literary practices for designing curriculum and instruction in English language arts, social studies, and world language classrooms. The flexibility in course selection will enable you to study how literacy practices integrate print, oral, media, and multimodal representational tools for communication. You can learn how classroom instruction supports the development of these literacies for young people, and how to develop the most effective curriculum in your subject of focus.

Accreditation:

Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

International Student Requirements:

International students please visit our website to learn about language proficiency requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $821

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+