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Curriculum & Instruction: M.Ed. - Master of Education

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.

At a Glance

Program Results

M.Ed. - Master of Education

Curriculum & Instruction

Career Outcomes

  • Educator in various preK-12 settings, community colleges, nonprofit organizations, museums, government agencies
  • Curriculum developer in similar settings

Best Suited To

  • Educators aiming to be successful within diverse learning environments
  • Educators desiring to enhance their knowledge of curriculum, teaching, and learning to meet the needs of all learners
  • Individuals desiring to advance their careers with 100% online, asynchronous coursework 

Program Type

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


  • Online

Estimated Length

2-3 years (part time) or 1 year (full time) 

Application Deadline

Spring entry: November 1

Summer entry:

  • February 1 (priority deadline)
  • May 1 (final deadline)

Fall entry:

  • March 1 (priority deadline)
  • July 1 (final deadline)

About This Program

This program is designed for individuals who want to make a difference in educational settings by developing more effective curricular and instructional practices to better serve students. The fully asynchronous online program curriculum is designed to equip educators with the knowledge and skills to be successful in an ever-changing educational landscape.  

In addition to core requirements in the four pillars of the program (curriculum, instruction, assessment, and diversity), students will select an area of emphasis from the following areas: 

  1. Educational Innovation
  2. English as a Second Language (ESL)
  3. Gifted Education
  4. Instructional Technology
  5. Literacy
  6. Professional Studies
  7. Social and Emotional Learning
  8. Social Foundations
  9. NEW-Customized Coursework: You may choose this option if you want to study a broad range of educational topics. Choose four courses from the various areas of emphasis. 

This program is not an approved Virginia initial licensure program. However, if you are interested in adding an endorsement in Gifted Education, English as a Second Language, or pursuing an initial Virginia license through an alternate route, then these options may be available through the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction program. Please reach out to the licensure specialist listed as the contact on our Become a Teacher page.

The professional studies area of emphasis is designed to assist those pursuing a Virginia license through an alternate pathway. Reach out to our licensure specialist listed at the bottom of this page for more information about this area of emphasis. 

Program Overview

Admission Requirements

Students may enter the program during the summer, fall, or spring semesters. Admission requirements that apply specifically to this program are listed below: 

Successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Admission Requirements

  • Two recommendations solicited through the online application from faculty and/or employers.
  • A goal statement that integrates past experiences, explains how this program supports professional goals related to teaching and learning, and describes how this program and the chosen area of emphasis is a good-fit for the applicant. It should be 1-2 double-spaced pages or no more than 500 words in length.  
  • An updated resume.
  • Unofficial transcripts (uploaded to the online application). 

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be canceled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application. Decisions are typically made within two weeks of the application deadline.

Visit our Graduate Admission page for the full admission process.

Transferring 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). 

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are NOT required as part of the application process. International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must not be more than 2 years old. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.  

Information for Current UVA Undergraduates
If you are a current UVA undergraduate, view our Information for Current UVA Undergraduates page for info on admission into this program.

Guaranteed Admission for UVA Undergraduate
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. Review the Guaranteed Admission page for more information. This option also requires a simplified application.


Graduate Admission

Application for admission is made to the School of Education and Human Development Office of Admission & Enrollment. For more information about the graduate admission process, please visit our Graduate Admission page.


To learn more about specific courses taken as part of the completion of this degree, visit the Graduate Record website. These webpages represent the official repository for academic program requirements. 

All M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction students are required to take six classes in the Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) core (18 hours). The C&I core classes consist of four pillars—instruction, curriculum, assessment, and diversity built upon a foundation.  

  • EDIS 5025: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment (Foundation)
  • EDIS 5080: Differentiating Instruction (Instruction Pillar)
  • EDIS 5422: Cross-Cultural Education for Diverse Learners (Diversity Pillar)
  • EDIS 6200: Principles of Curriculum Design (Curriculum Pillar)
  • EDIS 6220: Assessment of Curriculum K-12 (Assessment Pillar) 

Students then choose a 12-credit area of emphasis from the following areas:

Educational Innovation, English as a Second Language, Gifted Education, Instructional Technology, Literacy, Professional Studies, Social and Emotional Learning, Social Foundations.

Students must complete a comprehensive assignment that is embedded in the culminating Curriculum & Instruction course. The course is taken during the final semester.

  • EDIS 6880: Masters Comprehensive in Curriculum & Instruction


Curriculum & Instruction Course Descriptions

Information on courses that are part of the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction curriculum can be found on the UVA Graduate Record website.

Dual MBA/M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction Option

Few roles in society provide the reach that educators have into people’s lives. But reach does not always translate into impact because the challenges that educators around the world face are profound indeed. This full-time dual degree program is a partnership between two leading schools at UVA–the School of Education and Human Development (EHD) and the Darden School of Business.

The MBA/M.Ed. program integrates two courses of study (education and business) and combines two different approaches to learning (online at EHD and in-person at Darden). This program is designed for the next generation of leaders who will transform education in the United States and around the world.

At the School of Education and Human Development, students complete 24 credits of online graduate coursework and a final comprehensive examination. Students also receive 6 credits for completing all required coursework at Darden, for a total of 30 credits at the School of Education and Human Development. At Darden, students complete 52.5 credits of graduate coursework and receive 7.5 credits for completing all required coursework at the School of Education and Human Development, for a total of 60 credits. 

Required UVA School of Education and Human Development Courses (12 credits)

  • EDIS 5025: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • EDIS 7805: Past as Prologue: What’s Old Is New in Educational Innovation?
  • EDIS 7815: What’s (Really) Working? Case Studies of Contemporary Innovation
  • EDIS 7890: Innovation in Action: Envisioning and Creating Change (Capstone practicum)  

Required Program Course at Darden

  • GBUS 8268: Leadership & Innovation in Education

Elective Courses (12 credits)

  • 3 credits from one elective course in EHD’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. To fulfill this requirement, students may choose to take EDIS 6880 Masters Comprehensive in Curriculum and Instruction, the capstone MEd course that supports students as they complete the comprehensive exam.
  • 9 credits from an additional area of emphasis of your choosing: diversity, educational policy, English as a Second Language, higher education, instructional technology, literacy, social and emotional learning, social foundations, or special education. 

Comprehensive Examination: Capstone paper written during final semester synthesizing content knowledge and skills gained during the program.

School-Based Opportunities

The final required program course at EHD is a practicum that allows you to collaborate with a school or other educational setting where you can apply the ideas you learn during your studies.

Admission Process

Students in the MBA/M.Ed. program are required to apply separately for admission to EHD and to Darden. Students typically apply and are admitted to Darden before applying to EHD.

Darden MBA application process.

Dual Degree Information

For more information about pursuing the MBA/M.Ed. dual degree option in curriculum and instruction, reach out to the contact listed at the bottom of this page.

Additional Program Details

In 2023, the UVA School of Education & Human Development is ranked #14 in curriculum and instruction for graduate schools of education in the U.S. by the U.S. News and World Report.

The school is also ranked as #3 in curriculum and instruction and #8 in instructional design for online graduate schools.

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction News

Program Faculty

Ottilie Austin

Ottilie Austin

  • Associate Professor
Vivien M Chabalengula

Vivien M. Chabalengula

  • Professor of Education, General Faculty
Lysandra Cook

Lysandra Cook

  • Professor
Julie Gray

Julie Gray

  • Assistant Professor
Anne Jewett

Anne Jewett

  • Assistant Professor
  • Degree Director, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction program

Sarah McCorkle

  • Assistant Professor
April Salerno

April Salerno

  • Associate Professor of Education, General Faculty
Matthew Wheelock

Matthew Wheelock

  • Associate Professor
  • Innovation Program Area Director

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction Contact

Anne Jewett

Anne Jewett

  • Assistant Professor
  • Degree Director, M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction program
  • [email protected]
  • Bavaro Hall 329
    PO Box 400273
    417 Emmet Street S
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

Licensure Specialist Contact

Dual M.Ed./M.B.A. Contact


As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), 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)). Although California does not participate in SARA, it allows students to enroll in out-of-state programs.

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).