Top Schools for Curriculum and Instruction Programs

Degree programs in curriculum and instruction can show teachers how to select and design curricula, while allowing them to explore effective instructional strategies. They're usually offered at the graduate level, both on campus and through distance learning.

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Top programs in curriculum and instruction can be found at Michigan State University, Ohio State University, the University of North Carolina and Arizona State University, each of which has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for educational quality for 2017. Also, ASU's programs are available entirely online.

Michigan State University in East Lansing

School Highlight: Michigan State offers an online master's degree program in teaching and curriculum.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan State University fourth in the nation for its curriculum and instruction program, as well as tied for 15th among graduate education schools. Michigan State offers a master's degree program in teaching and curriculum. Teachers can also choose to earn an endorsement in a specialized area, such as special education, K-12 world languages or English as a second language (ESL).

Ohio State University in Columbus

School Highlight: The Cultural Foundations, Technology, and Qualitative Inquiry program includes curriculum and instruction.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State University (OSU) ninth among curriculum and instruction programs and tied for #18 among graduate education schools in 2017. OSU also made The Princeton Review's best Midwestern colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back lists for the same year. Individualized curriculum and instruction programs can lead to a master's degree in early and middle childhood education; programs in English, science, social studies and mathematics education are also available. More distinctive options include engineering and technology, inclusive or multicultural education.

University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

School Highlight: The educational leadership program focuses on preparing new principals.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of North Carolina (UNC) tied for 30th among national universities for 2017. In the same year, The Princeton Review included the university on its surveys of the best colleges and best Southeastern colleges.

UNC offers a master's degree program in culture, curriculum and change. Students can also pursue a doctoral program in curriculum and instruction, which can prepare them to fill leadership roles at individual schools or in entire school districts. Areas of specialization include elementary, middle or secondary curricula, as well as major subject areas like science, English, math or social studies. Specializations in literacy and ESL are also offered.

Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ

School Highlight: Students can complete an online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorders.

Through Arizona State University, Master of Education (MEd) programs are available in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on applied behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorders, gifted students or early childhood education. Other relevant MEd programs include Educational Technology and Educational Leadership. In addition, graduate certificates are available in gifted education and English as a second language. ASU's online graduate education program was ranked tied at #34 by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Top Curriculum and Instruction Programs

These schools also offer strong curriculum and instruction programs:

  • Stanford University in Stanford, CA, was ranked tied for fifth on the U.S. News & World Report list of national universities for 2017.
  • At the University of California - Los Angeles, specializations allow teachers to focus on urban teaching or becoming a lead teacher.
  • The University of Florida in Gainesville offers distance learning programs in curriculum and teaching.
  • The University of Georgia in Athens offers graduate programs in curriculum design and technology.
  • The University of Maryland - College Park offers highly specialized programs that allow teachers to become curriculum specialists in specific subject areas.
  • The University of Wisconsin - Madison was ranked first for its specialized curriculum and instruction program by U.S. News & World report in 2017.

For educators who want to hone their skills in curriculum instruction, graduate-level programs at top schools can provide excellent educational opportunities.

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