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Curriculum and Instruction, M.S.

Shape the curriculum of the future. A Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel gives you the credential you need to start putting your experience and visionary ideas into action.

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About the Program

McDaniel College’s highly regarded Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction program is ideal for educators in schools and colleges, as well as those who hold staff development roles within business and social service organizations.

The M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction empowers educators to increase their knowledge and skills in developing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum and in engaging the educational community in these efforts. Current theories, research, and technologies are applied to the improvement of the learning process at all levels.

Program News!

Effective fall 2020, the Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction will be replaced by our new Master’s in Innovations in Teaching and Learning.

Learn more about Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Why McDaniel for Curriculum and Instruction

We designed our program to put you in the center of the educational process—so you can actively apply theory and research about teaching and learning to your current everyday work. You’ll learn from experienced practitioners who quickly become both mentors and peers.

The Curriculum and Instruction program features:

  • Timely and relevant content—you’ll be able to take what you learn at McDaniel and apply it directly to your classroom or other professional goals
  • Flexible scheduling and a variety of delivery methods to fit your busy life (face-to-face, hybrid, and online offerings)
  • Small class sizes that ensure personal attention
  • Partnerships with local school systems and faculty who are school leaders in those systems
  • Support through ongoing and easily accessible advising
  • Highly competitive tuition

Requirements for Curriculum and Instruction

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, you’ll need to:

  • Complete the application for graduate study
  • Send official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No minimum GPA required.
  • Submit one official professional or academic letter of recommendation. This link will be emailed to your recommender directly from the application.

Degree Requirements

The requirements for successful completion of the degree include:

  • Completion of 34.5 credits, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better
  • 7 core C&I curriculum courses (21 credits)
  • Completion of 4 elective courses (12 credits)
  • Completion of Capstone Experience (1.5 credits)

Your Degree In Action

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Guaranteed Capstone Experience

All candidates are given the choice of three capstone experiences. These include: portfolio experience, synthesis experience, and action research experience and take the place of a master’s thesis.

Certification and Reputation

McDaniel is an established, respected institution in the field of education. This program has been evaluated and approved by:

  • The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
  • The National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

Advancing Your Career

The C&I Program offers multiple paths to leadership in education:

  • Teacher leadership (coaching/mentoring, instructional technology) through instructional and curricular expertise developed in the program.
  • Supervisory leadership (curriculum design, staff development, assessment, etc.) through coursework that leads to Administrator I Certification.
  • School-building leadership through coursework that leads to Administrator I Certification.
Rhonda Moore

Spotlight Profile Alumni Spotlight Rhonda Holmes-Blankenship M.S. ‘05

Rhonda received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel and teaches English at Rising Sun High School in North East, MD. She was named the 2012–13 Maryland Teacher of the Year and was one of four finalists for the 2013 National Teacher of the Year.