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Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction Online

Advance your career and help shape the future of education inside the classroom and beyond.

03/14/22 Next Application Due Date
03/28/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

The Online MSEd in C&I Experience

$16,605* Total Tuition
As few as 16 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours

Become a teacher leader or pursue higher-level positions in education with the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction online program from Southern Oregon University. A teaching license is not required for this concentration — expertise in curriculum and instruction can be useful to anyone who designs learning experiences.

In this 100 percent online program, you will develop the ability to design innovative instructional strategies to support specific learners. You will also build a foundation for creating assessments that facilitate leveraging data effectively to determine teaching efficacy and learn pedagogical best practices with an emphasis on differentiated instruction for diverse learners.

You can also personalize this program to fit your career goals by choosing electives in your specialty area.

Graduates of this MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction online program will be able to:

  • design innovative instructional processes and tools using pedagogical practices to support all learners,
  • apply learning theory, research, and practices to curriculum design and assessment of specific subject matter, programs or educational levels, and
  • integrate learning data effectively to determine teaching efficacy.

Career opportunities include:

  • Teacher Leader
  • Teacher Mentor
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Assessment Specialist
  • District Level Curriculum Leader

SOU is #1 in the “Best Colleges for K-12 Education Degree Programs” rankings in the U.S. by, 2020.

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Pay-by-the-Course Tuition is Easy on Your Wallet

Our MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction online program features the same affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition for all in-state and out-of-state students.

$369 Per Credit Hour
$16,605 Total Tuition*

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MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction Online Program Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for the Master of Science in Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction online degree program.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4 Credit Hours Per Program
MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction $369 $1,476 $16,605*

Note: SOU credit hours are quarter hours. 45 SOU hours = 30 semester credit hours.

Fees: There is an $60 application fee and an $85 graduation fee. Proctoring fees, if required, are not included.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.


Learn Our Application Dates and Class Schedules

The MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction online program is designed to be flexible for busy professionals. With seven-week courses and multiple start dates each year, you can earn your degree conveniently in as few as 16 months.

Now Enrolling:

03/14/22 Next Application Due Date
03/28/22 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Winter 01/03/22 12/22/21 12/22/21 12/29/21 01/07/22 02/20/22
Spring 03/28/22 03/14/22 03/16/22 03/23/22 04/01/22 05/16/22
Summer 1 06/13/22 05/30/22 06/01/22 06/08/22 06/17/22 07/31/22
Summer 2 08/01/22 07/18/22 07/18/22 07/27/22 08/05/22 09/18/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Southern Oregon University?


Ready to Apply? Check Out Our Requirements.

The admission process for our MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction online is simple and streamlined so you can get started right away. Requirements for admission include:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
3.0 GPA cumulative on undergraduate coursework
No GRE or teaching license required for admission

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MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and transcripts verifying a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are granted admission status into the MSEd online degree program.
  • Applicants whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 may be invited to submit additional materials for a holistic review of their application. Depending on an initial review of your application, you may be asked to provide:
    • An additional explanation of your intentions in pursuing the degree and a description of your readiness to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • Two or three letters of recommendation speaking to your ability to succeed in an accelerated online degree program, or
    • GRE scores of at least 145 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 3.5 Analytical Writing.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended.
  • No GRE or teaching license is required to enter the program.
  • International student applicants interested in enrolling in the SOU online MSEd program should contact the Office of International Programs for information related to international admissions and visa restrictions. Contact the Office of International Programs by emailing [email protected].

Southern Oregon University considers you an international student if you are NOT a:

  • U.S. citizen or national;
  • U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.

Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students:

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university in that country.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, documents must be official and include an English translation. Applicants are required to have documents mailed to SOU in a sealed envelope from the school, which have not been opened. SOU will not accept scans, faxes, photocopies, or already opened documents.
  • If English is not your native language, you will need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • You do not need to submit a score if you earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. college/university or completed your education in a native English-speaking country.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

SOU Admissions Department
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Have a question? Call us at 800-490-7974.


What You’ll Learn in the Online MSEd in C&I Program

The MSEd with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (45 credit hours), including 25 credit hours of core courses and 20 credit hours of concentration courses.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores issues in education and the context in which they exist. Examines, analyzes and applies concepts in professional ethics and policies, foundational philosophies, research, leadership, and contemporary issues within their focused area of education. Learners will engage in a comprehensive review of research materials available for advanced studies in education. The intent of this course is to guide graduate learners in exploring the purpose of research, to answer questions and acquire new knowledge, thereby making important and valuable contributions to the various fields within the discipline of education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the necessary skills to become critical consumers of research related to their work. Learners will be introduced to a variety of research approaches common to the field of education. Learners will be able to evaluate, and interpret qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods and action research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Focuses on the development of culturally responsive discourse and practices in the workplace. Explores how cultural perspectives, experiences and histories shape individuals who work and learn together as members of groups. Diversity in the work environment promotes acceptance, respect, and teamwork despite differences in race, identity, gender, age, ability, class, language, religion, or communication styles. Students will develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competence to promote positive and productive relationships in diverse contexts. They will learn to lead and collaborate effectively, to interact thoughtfully, to address barriers of bias, discrimination, and inequity, and to champion inclusive strategies that engage and integrate people of different identities, backgrounds, and worldviews.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Translate learning theory, innovative curricular design and 21st century skills into instructional decisions and practice. Engages learners in applying 21st century knowledge and skills to instructional decisions and practices. Introduces learners to learning theory and innovative curricular design. Challenges learners to perform a comprehensive examination of the processes, content, and assessments related to the spectrum of curriculum areas to their professional arena.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

Learners will be guided through the development of their Master’s proposal, including the IRB process. Provides learners the opportunities to practice research and professional writing skills specific to their area of concentration. May not be repeated for additional credit.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Students are guided through the development of a professional portfolio. Provides students the opportunity to analyze, reflect and demonstrate their skills and expertise in their content knowledge and professional writing specific to their area of concentration. Prerequisite(s): restricted to MSEd. Graded (A-F) only.

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores research and strategies of various forms, uses and approaches to educational assessment. Learners will examine current assessment tools, strategies and methods to design culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate assessments, and learn how to evaluate and use assessment data to improve learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Utilizes research and professional practice from the field to identify a framework for differentiation in the K-12 classroom. Investigates current trends in education to evaluate how to incorporate a differentiated approach to instruction to meet the diverse needs of all students. Provides professional educators with the key principles of differentiation and proven techniques to implement such strategies in today’s classrooms.

You must take three of the following courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

In this course, learners will re-examine assumptions and habits in teaching and learning. We can no longer separate the mind from the heart and spirit in classroom and program practices. This course examines the pedagogical leader’s responsibility to help others embrace disequilibrium, discomfort and uncertainty while embracing inquiry, wonder, curiosity, and passion in their work with children and families. Learners will examine and design learning as a co-created relationship between children and educators using investigation, questioning, and understanding strengthening children’s thinking about their explorations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Utilizes science investigations common in an elementary classroom to deepen scientific understanding for the adult learner while also exploring the developing mind of the young child. Addresses current societal problems and the role of scientific and technological advances in finding solutions through project-based inquiry.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips teachers with a range of effective instructional methodologies for facilitating ELL students' learning. Examines innovative materials for developing culturally appropriate learning experiences. Presents approaches to instruction in specific content areas (reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies). Examines and integrates the use of current technology to enhance instruction for ELLs.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Introduces project-based learning as a pedagogical approach that emphasizes student-driven inquiry and problem solving, and parallels the way in which project teams are organized in the workplace. The goal is to develop the educator’s knowledge of project learning and to develop an understanding for using multi-task inquiry-based activities in the classroom. This course will focus on a project plan that emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration and the appropriate use of technology.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Equips learners with the pedagogy and andragogy to develop effective strategies to engage adult learners. Topics include: theory into action; effective adult teaching characteristics; learning interventions to support adult learners: self-directed, active/project-based, problem-based, experiential, and collaborative learning.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Explores how learning occurs within organizations and characteristics of effective professional learning. Examines standards, models and conditions for implementing and sustaining learning within and across organizations. Explores learning designs that reflect adult learning theory, incorporate stakeholder voice and choice, and support continued growth as individuals advance along the career span. Topics covered from theoretical and practical perspectives include understanding people, motivation, group dynamics, communication, leadership, power, politics, conflict, diversity, culture, decision making, change and organizational structure.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Develops competence in teaching the interactive processes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and thinking across the curriculum. Focuses on strategies for teaching students of varied backgrounds and abilities (Grades 3-12). For students in grades 3-12 to be successful in the content areas they must be able to read and comprehend various informational texts and write for different purposes and audiences. This course provides teachers with the tools to improve student achievement in the content areas through the developmentally appropriate integration of literacy strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Provides teachers an understanding of issues related to reading instruction and assessment. Practicing educators are provided research-validated strategies and assessment tools to inform instruction, meet the needs of individual learners, and develop an understanding of the issues related to effective reading instruction. Focuses on the integral relationship between informal classroom assessments and effective instructional strategies within the context of a balanced reading approach.

Mohammad Zamani

Mohammad Zamani

"The [MSEd] program is helping me ground and develop some of the ideas I already have in legitimate theories, processes and ideals accepted in the pedagogical community. It's also giving me that legitimacy I was missing beforehand.”

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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