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Curriculum and Instruction


Curriculum and instruction programs prepare people to plan and create sets of courses for schools and education programs.

In curriculum and instruction programs students learn to design courses for specific ages, grade levels, and subjects. They also learn how to use and evaluate teaching materials.

Curriculum and instruction programs include topics such as:


To enter a curriculum and instruction program, students must have a bachelor’s degree.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Your bachelor's degree may not need to be in education if you have taken some courses in the subject.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

A master's degree program in curriculum and instruction typically includes courses such as the following:

A doctoral degree program in curriculum and instruction typically includes more courses such as the above, plus courses on research methods and advanced statistics, such as the following:

In addition, graduate programs typically require the following:

Things to Know

Curriculum and instruction programs often accommodate the scheduling needs of working teachers, allowing degree candidates to study part time over several years.

For your master's degree, you may be able to earn a Master of Education (MEd) degree. The MEd is a good choice if you are a teacher and want to upgrade your knowledge and skills for teaching.

If research is your primary interest, or if you would like to teach curriculum and instruction in college, you will need a doctorate in this field.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Antioch University

City University of Seattle

Northeastern University - Seattle

Northwest University

Seattle Pacific University

University of Washington - Bothell

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Washington State University Health Sciences - Spokane

Whitworth University

Statewide and Distance Learning

WGU Washington

Tri-Cities Area

Washington State University - Tri-Cities

West Side Area

Saint Martin's University

Western Washington University

Yakima Area

Heritage University