Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction


Am I qualified to get into an online curriculum and instruction master’s program?






2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from former employers, supervisors, or academic instructors

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations



Graduate-level curriculum and instruction programs that require entrance examinations generally accept GRE scores.

  • Average Score:
    • 150 Verbal
    • 149 Quantitative
    • 3.8 Analytical Writing

Additional Requirements


Curriculum and instruction professionals who work in public schools are usually required to earn a teaching license at some point during their graduate-level studies; however, this is not an admission requirement for most master's programs.

What undergraduate degrees do curriculum and instruction students typically hold?

  • General education
  • Elementary education
  • Secondary education
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in curriculum and instruction?

  • If public education is your focus, spend a few hours each week volunteering in an elementary, middle, or secondary school classroom to learn more about instructional techniques and evaluation measures.
  • Hone your composition and grammar skills; writing is a significant component of this career path, and you can showcase your skills in the personal essay or letter of intent on the program application.
  • Make a list of your strongest niche subjects, such as mathematics, science, and English as a second language, and explore curriculum and instruction-related degree programs concentrated in these fields.
  • Meet with undergraduate professors to discuss technical aspects of the course curriculum they instruct.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online curriculum and instruction master’s students?

  • Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship: Four graduate students pursuing degrees related to children’s media receive a one-time award of $10,000 as part of this scholarship, dedicated to TV personality Fred Rogers.
  • Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship: This award for $2,500 will be given to four recipients per year; eligible candidates must be pursuing a career in education or rehabilitative services for legally blind individuals.
  • East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students: This summer grant program is open to graduate students pursuing degrees in science, engineering, or education. Recipients who are studying education will travel to Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan to study instructional practices in that respective country.
  • Roothbert Fund Grants: All students are welcome to apply for these grants, which vary from $2,000 to $3,000 per recipient, but the highest priority will be given to education majors pursuing degrees from faith-based institutions.
  • TEACH Grant: This federal grant stipulates that recipients, who will be given up to $4,000 per year, must be pursuing a degree related to education from an accredited institution and dedicate at least four years of their career to a school that primarily serves low-income families.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online curriculum and instruction master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • Ability to produce education and training programs for small businesses and corporations
  • Skills and qualifications to compete for administrative positions at all educational levels
  • Ability to draft and pitch curriculums for entire schools, districts or networks of universities and colleges

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in curriculum and instruction, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Training and Development Specialist

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Washington — $71,630
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Luis Opispo-Paso Robles, CA — $100,400
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Virginia — $69,240
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Fayetteville, NC — $87,840
  • Training and Development Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $132,890
    • City with Highest Pay

      Spartanburg, SC — $187,090
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Connecticut — $108,740
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA — $57,940
  • Instructional Coordinator

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Connecticut — $75,830
    • City with Highest Pay

      Trenton-Ewing, NJ — $89,770
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Alaska — $65,490
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Ann Arbor, MI — $63,300

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.


What are some of the most important publications in the curriculum and instruction field today?

What RSS feeds related to curriculum and instruction are worth subscribing to?

  • National Association of Independent Schools: The NAIS provides a news feed dedicated to the field of curriculum and instruction; the archive dates back more than a decade.
  • The Journal: This publication features a comprehensive news feed of articles and editorials published nationwide, most of which directly correlate to K-12 education.
  • U.S. Department of Education: The DOE maintains an RSS feed dedicated to stories and editorials that discuss education at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Education Week: This site features dozens of specific education-oriented news feeds, such as ‘Charter Schools’ and ‘Professional Development,’ as well as an index of state-specific educational news stories and articles.
  • BBC: The British Broadcasting Corporation provides a news feed titled ‘Education and Family’ that features dozens of new posts each day.


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