Master's Degrees in Curriculum Development

In a curriculum development master's degree program, you'd gain the skills and knowledge to improve classroom content in elementary, middle or high schools. In addition to a teaching career, you can also seek employment in museums, hospitals, government agencies and corporate institutions. Read on to learn more about this program, including prerequisites, curriculum and continuing education. Schools offering Education Curriculum & Instruction degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are the Prerequisites for Enrolling in a Curriculum Development Master's Degree Program?

You'll need to earn a bachelor's degree prior to enrolling in the master's program. Some schools recommend that your undergraduate background be in a related field, such as education. Undergraduate performance could be a consideration during the admissions process. Some schools require that you take graduate entrance exams. You typically don't need to obtain a teaching license to apply.

PrerequisitesA bachelor's degree is required, and some schools recommend a background in a related field and require graduate entrance exams.
Course WorkTypical course work includes curriculum development, development theories, current educational trends and educational reform.
Online OptionsMaster's degrees are available online for curriculum and instruction and require the use of online tools for communicating with the instructor and classmates; some in-person work may be required.
Post-degree OptionsAlthough not required, options exist to pursue doctorates in curriculum and instruction online or on-campus.
Job Outlook (2016-2026)11% growth (instructional Coordinators)*
Median Salary (2018)$64,450 (instructional Coordinators)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Learn?

This course of study focuses on curriculum development in K-12 educational settings. Much of the coursework focuses on identifying and evaluating various curricula and development theories, current trends and relevant research findings. You'll learn how to effectively implement curricular models and technologies. If you're not already a teacher and wish to become one, some degree programs also offer teacher certification preparation courses. Examples of typical classes might include:

  • Educational reform
  • Communication and technology
  • Research and educational practice
  • College teaching
  • Education policy analysis
  • History of curriculum theory and development

Can I Earn the Degree Online?

Many schools offer the ability to earn a Master of Education (M.Ed) in Curriculum and Instruction online. Most of these programs have a very specific emphasis, such as children's literature, instructional technology or health profession education.

You'll need a computer with Internet access in order to take online classes. You can review lessons, submit homework and take exams through the school's online system or e-mail. You can also communicate with the instructor and fellow classmates online via chat rooms, e-mail or message boards. Bear in mind that even though most of the coursework may be completed online, you might still have to meet certain requirements in person, such as fulfilling internships or thesis presentations.

Will I Need Continuing Education?

Though not required, you can further your education by pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum Theory and Development to improve your employment opportunities. Other related degrees might include a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) or Ph.D. in Education. Specializations offered include teacher leadership, education policy or educational administration. If you offer teaching services in addition to curriculum development, you might be required by the state to complete continuing education courses to renew your teaching certification.

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