University of West Florida

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education Comprehensive


11000 University Pkwy

Pensacola, FL 32514

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education Comprehensive

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Curriculum and Assessment specialization is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be leaders in curriculum development and assessment. The coursework is designed to help you gain familiarity with the professional literature, understand issues in education, assessment, data-driven decision making, accountability measures, develop research skills, and cultivate professional writing, presentation, evaluation, teaching, and public service skills. The Curriculum and Assessment specialization targets individuals in public and private sectors who want to specialize in curriculum and assessment design, development, evaluation, and program implementation.

Online degrees may not be available in all states. If you are an out-of-state student, please review our State Authorization Status to confirm that the program is available in your state.

Professional Core

The 27 semester hours in the professional core required for an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction will provide you the foundational knowledge for leading curriculum development and evaluation efforts. You will learn the psychological and philosophical foundations of curriculum and instruction. You will also examine critical issues in education—particularly those surrounding topics such as culture, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, sexuality, and disabilities—and learn how to conduct educational research.


The student will compose a dissertation that reflects the knowledge base, research skills and theoretical competencies developed from the course work and synthesize this information into a comprehensive study adding new knowledge to the existing body. The final step in achieving your doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a Curriculum and Assessment specialization involves planning, conducting, and documenting a research study focused on an issue related to your specialization. The dissertation process is a major effort involving 18 semester hours, during which time you will work independently as well as under the guidance of your dissertation committee.

Elementary Education Comprehensive

This NCATE approved Comprehensive Specialization in Elementary Education is a non-initial teacher certification program. This specialization is offered entirely online and designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for the instructional and leadership roles in Elementary Education.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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