Curriculum & Instruction

American schools often lag behind their worldwide counterparts, especially in areas like mathematics and science. Exploring opportunities for curriculum improvements has a high impact on both our education system and on your career.

The School of Education and Human Development Impact

Curriculum and Instruction Design plays a vital role in improving education outcomes for students. At the School of Education and Human Development, our research and evidence-based approach in the Curriculum and Instruction program ensures our graduates go into the world with the best possible background that empowers them to spearhead improvements in our education system. Advisors meet with students to design a program of study that includes core and elective courses that complement professional goals. Hands-on experience and extensive research opportunities with nationally acclaimed faculty are a few of the reasons our program is rated one of the best in the country.


Graduates of the School of Education and Human Development's highly ranked Curriculum and Instruction program often find meaningful, impactful employment inside the K-12 classroom. Graduates have also gone into higher education, government, educational policy positions, and careers in research. In addition, curriculum development and instruction are needed in all kinds of fields so graduates find ample opportunities in business, the military, and more.

Job titles in education include Instructional Coordinators or Curriculum Specialists. Job growth in these fields is expected to go 13% by 2024, higher than the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Curriculum and Instruction Program By the Numbers

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Explore Our Degrees

Choosing the right degree is critical to supporting your ultimate career goals, but with so many options, the choice may not be obvious. Let us help guide you through your choices.

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Online

    Earn your M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction entirely online. This program is designed for individuals who want to make a difference in educational settings by developing more effective instructional practices and better curriculum development strategies. In addition, you may choose a focus area in Reading Education, Gifted Education, English Language Learners or Instructional Technology.

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  • Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction

    The UVA School of Education and Human Development’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program is a terminal graduate program designed for the professional educator. Its 30-hour (minimum) requirements can be completed either full- or part-time. Graduates of this program often pursue teaching at district or college levels, community college teaching and administration, central district office supervisory positions and administrative positions.

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  • MBA/M.Ed. (Dual Degree)

    The School of Education and Human Development has the advantage of partnering with other highly ranked schools. If you’re pursuing a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, you have the opportunity to also earn a dual degree, our MBA/M.Ed. Our graduates go on to work in large, urban school districts, charter schools, education non-profits and for-profits, in education policy, as educational consultants, educational technology specialists or as education-focused entrepreneurs.

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  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction

    Earning an Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction prepares you for employment as a curriculum specialist, faculty member or educational consultant to develop policies related to curriculum and the education of professionals. Graduates have found careers in preK-12 settings, higher education, foundations, NGOs and government agencies.

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  • Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction

    The Ph.D. in Education — Curriculum and Instruction (C&I Ph.D.) is a terminal graduate degree that focuses on developing a strong foundational knowledge of theory and how it’s applied to specific fields of study. The program involves extensive coursework in research methods and grant writing. The Ph.D prepares graduates for positions in university settings (e.g., in research intensive universities, liberal arts colleges and other post-secondary institutions), school districts, government agencies and non-governmental agencies (NGOs.)

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