MA in Education, Curriculum and Instruction

This degree is designed for students seeking advancement opportunities in education or related fields who want to broaden their knowledge as scholar-practitioners with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.

Curriculum & Instruction Degree Overview

The Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction focuses on the development of innovative curricula while using multiple methods of instruction to educate students of differing ages, backgrounds and levels of ability. Graduates will be able to assess student learning and analyze curriculum design.

  • Evaluate the various educational research paradigms.
  • Develop a theoretical research approach utilizing one or more methodologies.

  • Apply democratic principles to authentic educational context.
  • Analyze best practices of global educational systems.
  • Utilize theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Evaluate curriculum designs as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
  • Analyze issues and make ethical decisions within an educational context.

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Spring I (Jan 9, 2023)

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Innovative Curricula

Gain the knowledge and resources needed to educate and meet the diverse needs of students of various ages, backgrounds and abilities.

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UMass Global’s MAE Curriculum & Instruction program is recognized by the California Council on Teacher Credentialing.

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We understand the evolution of education. UMass Global has been teaching teachers for more than 60 years.


University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)


University of Massachusetts Global's Credential and Authorization Education programs are accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

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    My academic advisor was a great support system. He was my advisor throughout my program and he took the time to learn about me personally so we could make the best schedule to accommodate my life.
    Steve L. | MAE, Teaching
    The pandemic has changed the way we see our practice and afforded us this opportunity to be more reflective and strategic in our thinking about instruction.
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    Not all doctoral programs are alike. I loved the cohort model becuase I not only earned my doctorate I also gained lifelong friends and a network of professionals I can rely on. The Ed.D. program taught me to be confident and thoughtful in my leadership decisions.
    Linda C. | Education, Ed.D.

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this accredited online teaching degree program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Graduate Level Exams

    For information about exam/test score requirements, please reference the University of Massachusetts Global Catalog


    Master of Arts in Education MAE Program Curriculum

    • EDUU 600  Research and Evaluation Methods


      EDUU 605  Democracy, Education and Social Change


      EDUU 606  Seminar in Learning Theory


      EDUU 607  Seminar in Comparative Education


      EDUU 608  Seminar in the Social Foundations of Education


      EDUU 609  Seminar in Curriculum Studies


      Core Courses Subtotal


    • Prerequisite: Candidates must have a teaching credential or must take EDUU 515 Teaching the Adult Learner-Teaching the Adult Learner, before beginning any coursework in the MAE, Curriculum and Instruction. Candidates may take EDUU 515 Teaching the Adult Learner concurrently with EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods.

      EDCI 631 Differentiated Instruction in Multicultural and Multi-Ability Classrooms


      EDCI 633 Instructional Leadership for Practitioners


      EDCI 634 Issues and Trends in Contemporary Curriculum: Expertise Paper Development


      Select one from the following:


      EDUU 511
      Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling


      EDUU 512
      The Art & Craft of Teaching


      EDUU 526
      Theories in Language Structure and Acquisition


      EDUU 527
      English Language and Literacy Development


      EDUU 528
      Content-Based Instruction and Assessment for Linguistic Minority Students: SDAIE


      EDUU 560
      Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities


      EDUU 570
      Voice, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice


      EDUU 575
      Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiologies and Characteristics


      EDUU 612
      Domestic Experiential Education


      EDUU 613
      International Experiential Education


          EDUU 614 Data Driven Leadership in Educational Organizations  
          EDUU 615 Engaging Stakeholders in Educational Organizations  
          EDUU 616 Leading Change in Educational Organizations  
          EDUU 624 Foundations of 21st Century Teaching  
      EDMU 520
      Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms I


      EDMU 521
      Literacy and Language in K-8 Classrooms II


      EDMU 523
      History, Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts in K-8 Classrooms


      EDMU 524
      Teaching and Learning Mathematics in K-8 Classrooms


      EDMU 525
      Teaching and Learning Science in K-8 Classrooms


      EDSU 530
      Theories, Methods, and Materials for Teaching English Learners


      EDSU 531
      Secondary Instructional Strategies for Language/Culturally Diverse Classrooms


      EDSU 532
      Effective Literacy Instruction for Single Subject Candidates


      EDSU 533
      Content Specific Strategies for Single Subjects (Series)


      EDSU 534
      Preparing 21st Century Learners: A Collaborative and Integrated Approach


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    What is STEM teaching?

    “STEM” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM teaching methods integrate all four areas into well-rounded, practical lessons that are intended to have long-term benefits for both the students and the sustained growth of the economy. Some curricula add Art to the mix, creating “STEAM” initiatives in schools. 

    What is scaffolding in teaching?

    Scaffolding is teaching strategy that simplifies concepts by breaking them up into smaller chunks and providing a tool, or concrete structure, to guide them through each chunk. Modeling is a great method of scaffolding because it shows students exactly what they are expected to do before they try each lesson.

    What is ESL teaching?

    ESL stands for “English as a Second Language.” Teachers who specialize in this area help non-native speaking students learn the formal vocabulary, grammar and verbal pronunciation of the English language. Training may vary and can be embedded in a formal degree, teaching credential or add-on certification program. 

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