M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction is an online graduate program for classroom teachers intending to improve their pedagogy or assume leadership positions*. 

Key features of the M.Ed. program include:

  • Choice: Working with a faculty advisor, every M.Ed. student undertakes an individualized course of study that includes an "area of emphasis," which culminates in a meaningful Master's project or thesis.
  • Flexibility: M.Ed. students progress through the program at a pace that meets their needs.
  • Value: Earn your Master's degree from a quality program while at affordable tuition.

Design a Program that Meets Your Needs

The M.Ed. program is 48 credits. Within the program, M.Ed. students select 29 credits in an area of emphasis to meet their professional goals. Plus, many areas of emphasis, with advising, may lead to WA State teaching endorsements (noted with * below). In other words, you can earn your Master's degree and an endorsement. Here are potential areas of emphasis:

Take the Next Step

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction accepts applications quarterly. Applicants must hold a valid teaching certificate or be pursuing a certificate (in which applicants may be conditionally accepted). Also, we are waiving the requirement of the one-year teaching experience. For application form and supplemental application requirements, visit the CWU School of Graduate Studies and Research.

*Please note that this program does not lead to teacher certification

Financial Aid

Current M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction candidates may apply for fellowships offered through the Department of Curriculum, Supervision & Education Leadership.  Three endowed fellowships are available as follows:

  • Vivian Hogue Endowment
  • Dyveke Maurer Memorial Graduate Fellowship
  • Marit Thomas Rhoads Graduate Fellowship
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Financial Aid Resources

For general information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

For information on graduate student funding, visit the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Steps After Admission

Below is a brief outline of your journey through the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program. It is highly encouraged that you familiarize yourself with the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Handbook.

Familiarize Yourself with the Course Schedule

Two-year course schedule

Review the Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate Student Handbook

Review the Curriculum and Instruction Frequently Asked Questions

Review FAQ's

Select Committee Chair

A graduate committee must include three (3) members of the University Graduate Faculty. The committee chair must be a member of the Department of Curriculum, Supervision & Education Leadership.

Develop Course of Study

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction candidates will complete at least 48 credits as outlined in an approved course of study filed with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and Continuing Education. The development of a course of study most appropriate to the professional goals and purposes of each student must be completed and approved by a program advisor or committee chair upon the completion of 18 credits.

Program Requirements – 48 credits:

  • EDF 507 – Studies and Problems in Intercultural Education 3 credits
  • EDF 510 – Educational Research and Development 4 credits
  • EDBL, EDCS, EDEL, or EDF 700 - Thesis (or option) 6 credits
  • Curriculum, Supervision & Education Leadership Electives 6 credits
  • Area of emphasis electives (Either choose from an identified emphasis area or create a customized area with permission of your Committee Chair) 29 credits  

View additional information about our courses in the Graduate Catalog

For More Information

Email: med@cwu.edu

Phone: 509-963-1448

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