Curriculum and Instruction, M.S.

Program Directors: Kristy Calo, Ph.D.; 301-696-3463 and Rebecca Grove, Ph.D.; 301-696-3172

The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction is designed primarily for certified classroom teachers who want to enrich their professional knowledge and skills. The program draws from the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) and the Maryland Teacher Technology Standards (MTTS) in advancing candidates’ knowledge and skills. The curriculum includes a core of professional education courses, with concentrations in four areas of education: elementary education, elementary school science and mathematics, secondary education and special education. In addition, candidates may earn a certificate from Hood College in Elementary-Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) Education. This 36-credit program does not lead to initial teacher certification.

Unit Assessment Organization

The M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction is divided into three phases for the purpose of uniform data collection for Unit Assessment and continuous program improvement.

Application Requirements

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview with the program director of Curriculum and Instruction or the program coordinator in the Concentration area. Program expectations and requirements are explained to the applicant at this time. In addition, applicants must produce an acceptable writing sample during the interview process.

For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission.

All Curriculum and Instruction candidates will need to complete each program’s phase requirements. Candidates will work with an academic adviser to ensure completion of degree requirements at an acceptable level. Candidates are advanced through the phases by successfully completing all requirements. The Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council will review any conditional advancements and denials for advancement.

Phase I: Professional Education Core Courses

Five professional education core courses are central to all concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction:

EDUC 502Technology for Literacy,Leadership & Learning


EDUC 577Introduction to Educational Research


EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching,Learning & Assessment


EDUC 582Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society


EDUC 597Action Research/Special Project


EDUC 502: Usually taken as the first course in the program

EDUC 581, EDUC 582: Along with EDUC 502, these courses could be completed in the first 12 credits, before candidate can advance to full candidacy

EDUC 597: This course is the last course in the program. It begins in the fall and is a yearlong course. The Graduate School will re-register students for the course in the spring as “IP” (In Progress) until a final grade is submitted. Students are responsible to pay the Graduate School comprehensive fee each fall and spring semester until the course is completed.

The Curriculum and Instruction M.S. has several concentrations. Please see:

Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education Concentration

Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary School Science and Mathematics Concentration

Curriculum and Instruction: Secondary Education Concentration

Curriculum and Instruction: Special Education Concentration