Strengthen Teaching Effectiveness for All Learners
Identify, investigate, and apply proven strategies and techniques to establish your authority in the field, enabling you to develop instructional skills in a specific educational area of interest.
Marymount University’s master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction gives you the knowledge, skills, and experience to design innovative programs, implement the latest technology and use data to review the effectiveness and efficiency of projected outcomes —vital skills for leading change in today’s schools and organizations. Marymount’s Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree is designed for individuals who are already licensed or who aren’t seeking teaching licensure.
- Choose from 4 different concentrations
After completing the core graduate program coursework, you can tailor your master of education in Curriculum and Instruction to specialize in one of the following areas: curriculum and instruction, English as a second language, special education, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
- Create a schedule that works for you
Our courses are offered on campus, hybrid, or fully online to help you balance your life and commitments. Most of our graduate students working toward a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction complete the program in less than 2 years. Some students choose to take their time and complete in 3 or even 4 years if they need. Our Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree is completely customizable to fit your goals, interests, and needs. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to implement inventive lessons while using technology and assessment tools to meet learners where they are.
- Advance your career with graduate research
As you work toward your master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to participate in faculty-led or independent research projects. Many of our graduate students in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program have presented their findings at conferences and symposiums around the world, contributing to the growth in our field — and our stakeholders.
- Take classes with other M.Ed. majors
At Marymount, our coursework in the Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree program is integrated with other education programs for multiple perspectives in the field. You may study alongside students from our Administration and Supervision, Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education programs to share ideas on how to meet the diverse learning needs in today’s educational communities.
- Study abroad
Our MEd in Curriculum and Instruction also offers a variety of electives. With this added flexibility, many of our graduate students study abroad in Costa Rica, Panama, Uganda, and other countries around the globe. These experiences provide global perspectives and opportunities for service to further prepare you for working in diverse learning communities.
- 36 credits
- Most degree candidates complete the program in 2-3 years
- Fall, spring, or summer enrollment
- Flexible scheduling
- Individualized capstone project with optional research component
- Graduate application
- Professional résumé
- Proof of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA
- 2 recommendations that speak directly to the applicant’s academic and interpersonal skills
- Undergraduate transcripts
- Applicants for the Administration and Supervision program, 15-credit certificates, or the non-licensure M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction are not required to take the VCLA or Praxis assessments
- Interview with faculty advisor
For university coursework completed outside the U.S., a course-by-course transcript evaluation is required from a NACES member evaluation agency such as World Education Services or Educational Credentials Evaluators.
Students for whom English is a second language must submit a recent official score of 96 from TOEFL, 6.5 from IELTS, or 58 from the PTE academic exam, or documentation of program completion at one of Marymount University’s language partners. For complete information about International Admissions Guidelines and language partner programs, visit our International Graduate Students page, contact our Office of Graduate Admissions at 703-284-5901, or schedule an appointment.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
Throughout the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree program, Marymount’s expert faculty will advise, nurture, and inspire you as you develop into an educational leader and caring practitioner. You’ll start by creating a customized master’s in Curriculum and Instruction plan that will help you achieve your professional aspirations. All of our M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction students take core courses in:
- Cross-Cultural/International Curricula: Compare education in the United States to that of other nations and study the interconnectedness and interdependence among nations.
- Literacy Across the Curriculum – Secondary: Explore different ways reading, writing, speaking, and listening are developed and used in learning discipline-specific content.
- Educational Technology – A hands-on course designed to prepare students with the integration of technology into an educational curriculum, including multimedia, evaluation of educational software, and an introduction to telecommunication resources and programming.
You’ll then build on the knowledge you’ve gained in your core coursework and specialize in one of the four concentrations: curriculum and instruction, English as a second language, special education, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
At the end of the Curriculum and Instruction degree program, you’ll complete a capstone project—with an optional research component—on a topic that is meaningful to you.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Unlike Marymount’s other graduate degrees in Education, our Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree is built for students who want to pursue careers not only in schools but in other organizations. Our master’s in Curriculum and Instruction degree is a non-licensure program, which means your career could take you beyond traditional classroom teaching to work in:
- Educational agencies and museums
- Government positions with the CIA, FBI, or NASA
- International or private schools
- Curriculum development
- STEM programs
Meet Our Faculty
We are a dedicated community of dynamic teacher-scholars who are not only experts in the field, but also passionate and innovative educators creating learning experiences that ensure all students succeed. Our faculty and staff have advised, nurtured, and inspired students for many decades. We prepare educational leaders and caring practitioners for diverse learning communities with a focus on service, global perspectives, and academic excellence. Our programs are well known for their small class sizes and for the personalized attention students receive from expert faculty. Graduates of our programs gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make a difference in the lives of others, across the nation, and the world.
The School of Education offers nationally accredited programs with undergraduate teacher licensure in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. At the graduate level, you can earn master’s degrees with licensure in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, and Administration & Supervision. We also offer a master’s degree in Education without licensure and 15-credit certificates in Special Education, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), and English as a Second Language (ESL). Our online Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation program invites you to collaborate in a cohort community of professionals that begins every Fall and Spring semester. We encourage you to explore the many degree and non-degree options that we offer in face-to-face, hybrid, and virtual learning environments.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you wish to receive additional information about our programs, resources, or activities. Join our vibrant community which affords limitless opportunities for both your professional and personal development. We all look forward to welcoming you to our School of Education!
Join us in making a difference!
Dr. Lisa Turissini
“When I started my Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Marymount, I didn’t know what STEAM was about. But thanks to Dr. Rajdav and Dr. Langran, I was exposed to STEAM education and its benefits of equipping our students with the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.” – Monica Nichols, Class of 2019, Founder & Executive Director at Pink Space Theory