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Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

McDaniel College’s highly regarded Master of Science (M.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program is ideal for educators in schools, colleges, and in staff development roles within business and social service organizations.

Our pedagogy places the candidate in the center of the educational process. Our coursework has been developed to allow our candidates to actively apply theory and research about teaching and learning to their current everyday work in our schools. Coursework emphasizes developing candidates into reflective practitioners. Our online course model is specifically built around a student-centered approach.

Over the past year alone, alumni of McDaniel’s Graduate and Professional Studies were named: State Superintendent of the Year, Maryland Principal of the Year, Maryland Teacher of the Year, Maryland Counselor of the Year, and Sorenson Teacher of the Year.

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

The M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction is a 34.5 credit program that 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 technology are applied to the improvement of the learning process at all levels.

Key features include:

  • Dynamic programming that is responsive to changing trends and issues in education
  • Courses address global initiatives and their relationship to school systems
  • Educational theory is examined in the context of practice
  • Instructional technology is incorporated into the program — it is not an “add on”
  • Universal Design for Learning principles and techniques are fundamental to course design
  • Alternatives to a master’s thesis are provided through a choice of Capstone experiences
  • Course assignments are flexible, allowing students to focus on their instructional areas and interests

Program benefits:

  • McDaniel's C&I program has been in existence at the College for more than 20 years.
  • The program is well-regarded throughout the state of Maryland and from 2003-2011, McDaniel conferred 40% of all C&I degrees in the state.
  • Candidates are able to select a specialization area intended to extend the candidate’s abilities to apply the concepts and skills in a pedagogical or content area of interest. Some Specialization Areas could lead to a certificate or certification.
  • McDaniel offers a unique Capstone experience in which candidates  have three capstone options:
    Portfolio Experience
    Synthesis Experience
    Action Research Experience
  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. No minimum GPA required.
  • One letter of recommendation

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year, but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials at least three weeks in advance of the start of the session in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:

Fall Session I – by or before August 1 for the August 28 start date
Fall Session II - by or before September 25 for the October 23 start date
Spring Session I - by or before December 15 for the January 8 start date
Spring Session II - by or before February 15 for the March 12 start date
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters, so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.

CUR 505: Differentiation and Technology (3 credits)
This course explores differences in learners, methods to adapt instruction to special needs, and ways technology can be used in the adaptations. Participants in the course will modify and implement instructional plans to meet diverse needs incorporating technology available to them.

CUR 512: Curriculum Analysis and Planning (3 credits)
This course explores processes for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of a given curriculum to meet national, state, and local content standards. Candidates will reflect upon the curriculum they are assigned to teach and the effectiveness of their implementation of that curriculum. Consideration will also be given to the resources of the local educational community dedicated to support curriculum. At the completion of the course, candidates should be confident of their own ability to analyze the approved curriculum provided to them, adapt the curriculum for the student population they are assigned to teach, and determine the effectiveness of these adaptations.

CUR 515: Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
Prerequisites CUR 501, 503, 505, 509, 512, and RSM 550
This final course in the Curriculum and Instruction Program is a seminar in which advanced master’s degree candidates develop curriculum and investigate relevant educational issues. This course provides a forum to discuss the relationship between curriculum theory, education policy and research, and teaching practice as a means to support candidates in the challenges they face as educators of diverse populations in a high-stakes accountability climate.

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.
  1. Do I have support to complete my Capstone?
    Candidates have support throughout their entire program as they work to complete their Capstone.

Why McDaniel

What makes McDaniel such a compelling choice for embarking on a graduate program? It comes down to an ideal combination of individual attention, convenient scheduling, and highly competitive tuition rates. We're proud of our proven track record of successful students.


Many of our students perform a daily balancing act of career and personal life, so we designed our course schedules to account for that. McDaniel offers courses and degrees 100% online as well as traditional face-to-face programs. Pick whichever best suits your educational and scheduling needs.

Competitive Tuition

Investing in yourself and your future marketability is important, but it shouldn’t be out of reach. Our tuition is competitive with other private graduate school programs throughout the country. Additionally, McDaniel charges no additional fees to out of state online learners. Let us show you how affordable McDaniel is.


Our well-balanced synthesis of instructors are thought leaders who draw their course content from best practices in the field.


McDaniel College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

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