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The Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction at City University of Seattle was designed to provide educators with current, research-based methodologies and practices that will allow you to increase student learning, improve classroom practice, and provide the knowledge and skills you need to be a leader in your field.

Any bachelor’s degree and active teaching certificate will qualify you to apply to CityU’s MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. Program completion typically takes aroundseven quarters, but you can finish in as few as five quarters or up to four years.

CityU’s MEd in Curriculum and Instruction is ranked by GradReports.com among the Top 10 in the country.

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program teaches best practices for personal learning and evaluation, multicultural perspectives, globalized learning, family and community engagement, and how to best differentiate instruction for all students. You’ll demonstrate mastery of specific learning outcomes (often using your own classroom as a basis for learning) and receive credit toward your degree. As you complete each assignment/project, an outcomes evaluator will use detailed rubrics to review your artifacts and provide feedback.

Program Options and Specialized Studies:
Under the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction you may wish to pursue:

  • The Curriculum and Instruction Plan: Within this program, you will have the opportunity to study in depth the most current research in assessment and student learning, differentiated instruction, curriculum design and evaluation, and instructional theory and design.
  • STEM Specialized Study (NEW Program*): In this specialized study, students will have the opportunity to learn more about STEM legislation and expansion of STEM offerings in school, curriculum integration, grants and community partnerships to benefit STEM program, standards and assessments in STEM, and content and resources in STEM and science education. *The new STEM Specialized Study begins winter quarter 2020.
  • National Board Certification Specialized Study: As you pursue your National Board Certification you will enroll in three National Board courses, starting each fall, where you will benefit from individualized support from an NBCT in addition to having the opportunity to join a regional group remotely, or in person, during the school year. You will learn about other support activities including WEA's Jump Start and the Home Stretch seminars. You will earn 18 credits toward your M.Ed.
  • Elementary Education Specialized Study: In this specialized study, students have the opportunity to earn a master's degree with a specialized focus in Elementary Education and if desired, earn a WA state Elementary Education endorsement (for WA state teachers only). Courses cover studies in literacy, mathematics, STEM, behavioral analysis and other topics that enable you to be successful in today's elementary classroom.
  • M.Ed. Alternative Route - Specialized Study (for those who want to earn a WA state teacher's certificate): Complete 24 graduate credits in the Alternative Route program to earn your teacher's certificate and endorsement(s) in high needs areas (Special Education, ELL, or Math). Complete four additional core courses (15 credits) at the graduate level to complete your M.Ed.
  • Specialized Study: Do you have a specialized area of study you would like to pursue? Talk with your advisor and program coordinator to explore a customized option for you.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program, you’ll learn:

  • Various types of research and purpose for improving educational practices
  • Global, theoretical, and practical issues affecting education and learning development
  • Professional contribution to the improvement of the school community and profession
  • Three major theories: behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism
  • Current, research-based practices to effectively assess student learning
  • Effective instructional techniques
  • Quality principles within differentiated instruction

Required Credits (39 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

Foundation Core (12 Credits)

ECU 504 Graduate Research and Methodology (4)

ECU 506 Practice of Diversity and Global Education (4)

ECU 508 School and Community Engagement (4)

Emphasis Requirements (24)

Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis (24 Credits)

ECU 542 Instructional Theory and Design (6)

ECU 552 Assessment for Student Learning (6)

ECU 561 Curriculum Design and Evaluation (6)

ECU 562 Differentiated Instruction (6)

Specialized Study Emphasis 

Student must choose 24 credits from pre-approved areas of study. Please contact an advisor.

Master Thesis Project (3 Credits)

ECU 601 Master of Education Capstone Project (3)

Position yourself to become a teacher leader, curriculum specialist, or department head, or pursue National Board Certification with support from CityU’s board certified instructors.

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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