M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (Online)

Our students learn research-based strategies and best practices for developing effective instructional programs, through top-ranked curriculum and top-tier faculty, in an interactive flexible online experience – all at a lower than average tuition rate for both in-state and out-of-state students.

Program Quick Facts

  • 100% online and asynchronous format.
  • Same affordable tuition, no matter your location.
  • Renowned UVA faculty and our school is ranked No.10 in the U.S. for online master's programs.
  • Full-time (1 year) or part-time (2-3 years) study options.
  • Apply with GRE Scores or choose an alternative option for admission.
  • Many areas of emphasis to choose from.
  • PreK-12 Virginia educator discount.

The UVA School of Education and Human Development is pleased to offer a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction entirely online in an asynchronous format. 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. This program does not yield licensure. If you wish to add-on an endorsement in Gifted Education, Special Education, or ESL, please speak to an advisor.

Earn your degree from a top ranked institution offering the best education available, through a rigorous online environment working when and where you want, on a full time or part-time basis – all at a lower than average online tuition rate. Course descriptions and suggested plans of study for the 15 credit area of emphasis are available here:

M.Ed. Program Outcome

To graduate educators who leverage knowledge of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and their chosen area of emphasis to promote effective and robust curriculum, instructional, and assessment practices to support diverse learners in schools, school systems, universities, and other educational organizations. See the School of Education and Human Development’s Portrait of a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction Graduate for a more detailed description of the type of graduates that this program produces.

The School of Education and Human Development Online Difference

  • We offer a lower than average online tuition rate, and discounted tuition rate for Virginia PreK-12 educators.
  • Choose a 15 credit area of emphasis from the following areas: Applied Behavior Analysis (BCBA), Educational Innovation, English as a Second Language, Gifted Education, Instructional Technology, Literacy, Professional Studies, Social and Emotional Learning, Social Foundations, and Special Education.
  • Courses are taught by faculty with years of experience and depth of expertise, with a strong commitment to students’ education and personal development.
  • Our class sizes allow for ease of interaction and robust sharing of ideas.
  • Enjoy the convenience of completely online asynchonous learning using engaging state-of-the-art online instructional techniques, including the School of Education and Human Development's Learning Management System Canvas.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Information Session:

Please reach out to Dr. Anne Jewett at bar2h@virginia.edu to receive a recent recording.


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Program Details

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the M.Ed program. These include successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, two recommendations solicited through the online application from faculty and/or employers, a goal statement, an updated resume, unofficial transcripts (updated to the application), and a writing sample (for students choosing the alternative procedure of Option 2). The goal statement should integrate past experiences and how this program supports professional goals, describe how this program and the chosen area of emphasis is a good-fit for the applicant, and be 1-2 double-spaced pages or no more than 500 words in length. Official test scores from ETS must be sent to the University of Virginia (5820) by the application deadlines.

    Prospective students may be admitted by submitting GRE scores or by using one of the alternative procedures described below:

    Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must be less than 5 years old and meet the School of Education and Human Development targets for admission—150 verbal, 145 math, 4.0 writing.

    TOEFL or IELTS scores (required only for international students) must be no more than two years old.  Expected scores include paper-based TOEFL (600), computer-based TOEFL (250), IELTS (7.0), IBT TOEFL (at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening, for a total of 90).

    Alternative Procedures (in place of GRE scores; choose one of the options below):

    • Option 1: Submit evidence a of current National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.
    • Option 2: Coursework (typically EDIS 5025 and the first course from your chosen area of emphasis). Depending on your interest, you have 2 options:
      • Apply as a degree-seeking student before completing the 2 courses. If you are accepted, you will receive “conditional admission” status while you take the first two courses. Once they are completed with a B+ or higher, your admission automatically transfers to full admission status.
        Benefits of this include being officially admitted to the program before taking courses, being matched with a faculty advisor earlier, and financial aid eligibility (minimum of 6 credits/2 courses) OR
      • Fill out the non-degree student form and take the 2 courses. Then apply no later than the semester in which you are taking the second course. (Our school does not accept more than 2 courses/6 credits to be transferred into a degree program, including coursework you take here).
        Benefits of this include ensuring the coursework is the right fit for you before entering the program and being able to go ahead and take a course or two if you miss the application deadline.
      • Writing sample instruction (for Option 2)
    • Option 3: For current UVA students, the UVA School of Education and Human Development offers a direct admission option. This program allows prospective students to secure space in the School of Education and Human Development's graduate programs earlier than the regular admission option and requires a simpler application.
    • Option 4: For UVA B.S.Ed. graduates, the UVA School of Education and Human Development offers a guaranteed admission option for recent teacher education graduates who meet eligibility requirements.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Application Due Date
    • Fall entry: April 15th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until July 15th
    • Spring entry: November 1st
    • Summer entry: March 15th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until May 15th

    Decisions are typically available within 3 weeks after the deadline.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Degree Requirements

    Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at the 5000 level or above and successfully complete the comprehensive exam embedded within EDIS 6880 Masters Comprehensive in Curriculum and Instruction. 

    Transfer Credits

    A maximum of 6 credit hours can be transferred into the program if the course is determined by the advisor to meet a number of conditions (e.g., graduate-level, is equivalent in rigor and focus to a course offered in the program of study, the student earned a grade of B- or higher, and the course was successfully completed less than 5 years from the date of admission to the program).

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview: 

    All Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed students are required to successfully complete 30 credit hours of graduate study at the 5000 level or beyond. Fifteen (15) credits must be earned within the core requirements from each of the four “pillars” of the program which cover curriculum, instruction, assessment, and diversity. Learn more about the pillars' course descriptions on the MEd C&I Pillar Courses Sheet (pdf). Students consult with their advisor regarding selection of courses. Students will complete the comprehensive examination as part of the requirements for their culminating course, EDIS 6880 Masters Comprehensive in Curriculum and Instruction. 

    The additional 15 credits are earned from the student's chosen area of emphasis:

    Gifted Education - Tracy Missett, tcm2cx@virginia.edu
    MEd Gifted Area of Emphasis (pdf)

    English as a Second language (ESL) - April Solerno, ass3jw@virginia.edu
    MEd English Second Language Area of Emphasis (pdf)
    (Add-on endorsement possible. Consult advisor April Salerno)

    Literacy*, Julie Gray, jjj7e@virginia.edu 
    MEd Literacy Area of Emphasis (pdf)
    * The M.Ed. in C&I with a focus on literacy does not lead to a reading specialist endorsement by the VDOE. In order to be endorsed as a reading specialist, a candidate must be accepted into the M.Ed. in Reading Education program which is a separate, 30-hour graduate degree program.

    Instructional Technology, Anne Jewett, bar2h@virginia.edu
    MEd Instruction Technology Area of Emphasis (pdf)

    Applied Behavior Analysis, Youjia Hua, yh6u@virginia.edu
    MEd ABA Area of Emphasis (BCBA) (pdf)
    *Note: If you are interested in sitting for the BCBA examination, you will need to take 4 courses for the M.Ed. as well as the remaining 2 additional courses. In addition, you will need to provide evidence of supervised experience. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) sets the requirements for board certification. For additional information, please contact the program advisor.

    Special Education, Courtney Sullivan, cb8tq@virginia.edu,
    MEd Special Education Area of Emphasis (pdf)

    Social Foundations, Bernadette Poerio, bp2uc@virginia.edu
    MEd Social Foundations Area of Emphasis (pdf)

    Educational Innovation, Matthew Wheelock, mhw4f@virginia.edu
    MEd Educational Innovation Area of Emphasis (pdf)

    Social and Emotional Learning, Tish Jennings, paj9m@virginia.edu
    MEd Social and Emotional Learning Area of Emphasis (pdf)

    Professional Studies, Courtney Sullivan, cb8tq@virginia.edu
    MEd Professional Studies Area of Emphasis (pdf)
    Course sequences will be tailored based on VDOE requirements for teachers with a provisional licensure. For a sample course sequence, please contact Courtney Sullivan.

    *Please note: licensure requirements are determined and approved by the Virginia Department of Education. Please partner with your district HR/licensure expert as you move forward with your next steps.

  • Typical Length of Study

    Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. UVA School of Education and Human Development suggests that students attend the program part-time if they are working full-time.

    • Part-time students typically complete the program within 2 academic years (5 semesters).
    • Full-time students typically complete the program within one academic year (3 semesters).
    • All requirements, including the comprehensive exam which is embedded in a course, must be completed within a 5-year period.
    • Students may enter the program during summer, fall, or spring semesters.
  • Tuition & Funding

    Information on tuition may be found on the School of Education and Human Development's Tuition & Fees webpage.

    Funding Opportunities

    Students who maintain at least consistent half-time enrollment may apply for federal financial aid. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on the School of Education and Human Development's Financial Aid webpage. Virginia PreK-12 educators are eligible for the Virginia Educator's Discount

  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    Curriculum & Instruction careers range from curriculum development to teacher training. They include assessing classroom offerings, helping to meet school goals, and working to implement changes in curriculum. This type of educator can enrich students’ lives by researching new methods of instruction and observing current teaching models to determine what is, and is not, working, then replacing flawed curriculum to improve the quality of schools.

    Curriculum development is essential in PreK–12 public or private schools, adult education programs, alternative schools, charter schools, community or technical colleges, continuing education programs, and state education departments. Gradues of this degree have also taken positions in government agencies, foundations, museums, and a number of military personnel have assumed instructional positions at military training sites.

    While this degree does not yield licensure required for most public school teaching assignments, it does provide students with a broad-based exploration of topics related to curriculum, instruction, assessment and the diverse context of learners from young children through adults in traditional and non-traditional learning experiences.

    Information on teacher licensure in Virginia

  • Public Professional Licensure Disclosures

    As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

    Upon completion of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

    Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.