Curriculum & Instruction

Sociology professor Tanya Gladney assists students with their research projects during her class

Specialists in curriculum and instruction create change through their in-depth understanding of the design, development, implementation and evaluation of educational curriculum. Combined with an understanding of instructional strategies and the interpersonal and behavioral issues in a classroom, education professionals who are skilled in curriculum and instruction are prepared to be leaders in the field. In this program, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty currently active in the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom

What you can earn

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

Where you will learn

On-campus (St. Thomas)

When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer terms.

Coursework for MA in Curriculum & Instruction


MA:        32


CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research
CIED 505   Social Foundations of Education
CIED 532   Curriculum K-12
CIED 610   Advanced Theories of Teaching and Learning
CIED 654   Multicultural Curriculum
CIED 670   Assessment for Learning
CIED 781   Practicum in Curriculum Leadership
CIED 799   Integrated Standards Portfolio

+ Electives in chosen area of specialization

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Coursework for MA in Curriculum & Instruction

Specialty Areas (Choose One to Total 12 Credits) Select one of the following in conjunction with your advisor.
Certificate in Learning Technology
LHDT 525   Introduction to Learning Technologies
LHDT 526   Internet Website and Educational Software Evaluation
LHDT 527   Design and Development of Digital Media
LHDT 528   Integrating Technology into the Classroom and Continued Learning
Certificate in Reading, Elementary or Secondary Focus
READ 500 Research in Literacy
READ 501 Emergent Literacy K-2 Or
READ 702 Content Area Literacy 5-12
READ 701 Balanced Literacy K-6
READ 704 Reading Assessment and Remediation
Certificate in Gifted, Creative and Talented Education
GIFT 720 The High-Ability Learner in the Regular Classroom
GIFT 722 Gifted, Creative and Talented Instructional Models K-12
GIFT 723 Gifted, Creative and Talented Curriculum Models K-12
GIFT 729 Gifted, Creative and Talented Practicum and Seminar
Certificate in Multicultural Education
CIED 653 Race, Power and Education
CIED 655 Multicultural Communities and School
CIED 656 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Xxx One Elective
Certificate in Advanced Curriculum Design for the Differentiated Classroom 4 of 5
CIED 651 Curriculum Theories and Orientations for a Continuum of Learners
CIED 649 Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction
GIFT 722 Gifted, Creative and Talented Instruction Models K-12
CIED 549 Instructional Systems Design
Certificate in English as a Second Language
TEGR 620 Additional Language Acquisition for Diverse Learners
TEGR 622 Language and Culture for Academic Development
TEGR 628 Literacy & Oral Language Development for Diverse Learners
TEGR 634 Methods and Advocacy for English Language Learners
Customized Curriculum Designed in Consultation with Advisor
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How to Apply


  1. Candidates for this degree have:
    • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale).  If below 3.0, please reference our special admissions policy.
  2. Submit the following application materials:
    • Application form
    • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas).
      • Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Personal statement.
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Initial Licensure: MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
    • International Applicants:
      1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
      2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Special Opportunities

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.


Community Partnerships

The College of Education, Leadership & Counseling takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.