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Curriculum and Instruction

Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction at KU

Effective Dec. 2, 2016: To meet the demands and schedules of current teachers and educators, the Department of Curriculum & Teaching will offer this Master’s degree program in a fully-online delivery format beginning in Summer 2017. More information on the online program can be found here.


The Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction* at the University of Kansas School of Education consists of 36 (or 30) credit hours, and is built around the intent to address critical issues in today’s learning, teaching, and curriculum. There are two master's program track options, which include:

  • 30 credit hour option with a thesis or project 
  • 36 credit hour  option with an examination

Benefits of the program include:

  • Flexibility – Blended coursework that combines face-to-face sessions, online learning, and field experiences that make it the perfect options for the working professional.  
  • Two Campus Locations - Students can apply to complete this graduate program in Lawrence, or at the full service KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. 
  • Program Reputation - KU’s Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction is offered through the KU School of Education, which recently ranked 8th in the nation was according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools. 
  • Customizable Curriculum - With only a minimum of 12 credit hours required in curriculum & instruction, students work with their faculty advisors to choose coursework that aligns with their individual professional needs and personal goals.
  • Professional Network – Instructors and fellow graduate students will offer a broad-based knowledge of the field, lifelong friends and fellow colleagues from their programs.
  • Nationally-accredited Program - The KU School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.

*This program is a Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Curriculum & Instruction. This program does not lead to initial or advanced teaching licensure.

Learn more about the structure of the Master's program in Lawrence, Kansas.

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