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MA in Curriculum & Instruction

Professionals seeking to advance their careers beyond the classroom to become involved in curriculum development and instructional coaching could benefit from enrolling in Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction program. Find more information about this graduate degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

It is suggested that potential students for this program already hold current teacher licensure. Applicants to Grand Canyon University's master's degree programs should already have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Once enrolled in the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction at Grand Canyon University, students are offered the opportunity to learn more about curriculum design and instructional theories, practices, and strategies. They might study curriculum design models, learning theories, culturally responsive curriculum development, differentiated instruction principles, curriculum analysis, and collaborative efforts in instruction and assessment. Courses also address brain research in teaching and learning, educational research methodologies, professional development activities, and instructional coaching practices. The creation of a professional development plan is at the core of the program's capstone course.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

32 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction:

Students must complete nine courses, an introductory course and a capstone to earn this MA degree. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (32 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Education
  • Brain-Based Learning
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Curriculum Design Theories
  • Culturally Responsive Curriculum and Instruction
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Leadership and Instructional Coaching
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Methods of Instruction and Assessment
  • Developing and Implementing Professional Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The MA in Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to help students graduate with advanced leadership and assessment skills they might apply to administrative positions in pre-K, elementary, middle, and high schools. In these roles, graduates might oversee areas of teacher development, curriculum planning, educational program assessment, or academic materials development.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Lead teacher
  • Curriculum specialist
  • School administrator
  • Curriculum designer
  • Educational department chair