Education: Curriculum and Instruction - MA

Contact Information

Name: Siri Anderson

Phone: 651-690-6121

Program Description

The MAED in Curriculum and Instruction is a balanced blend of research, application, and collaborative problem solving that makes our graduates better educators and leaders in their communities. Teachers choose from more than 20 course options to complete a degree relevant to their teaching context and learning needs. This is not the standard 'cookie cutter' program. Students will be able to tailor the degree to the timing and content that they study. The MAED in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is a good fit for teachers and librarians who are: invested in their students' success; interested in expanding their repertoire of curriculum resources; looking for practical instructional strategies they can apply in the classroom right away.   

Content is provided in asynchronous online learning platform, yet it supports a high level of meaningful interactions with faculty and other teachers or librarians. This degree offers many opportunities to learn new skills and strategies within a supportive community. Feedback and support happen on a consistent and timely basis.

This degree facilitates overall professional growth and fosters the leadership skills of the teacher practitioner.

Our graduates' final action research projects are published in the  St.Kate's Sophia Database. These action research projects are downloaded by teachers and scholars around the world to help improve their own teaching (scroll to the bottom of the page to see a live stream of downloads in process!).

Practical Details

The degree requires 31 credits. Online 7-week courses are organized around weekly expectations and delivered through Brightspace/D2L. During the school year, teachers take one 3-credit class at a time (first half of term, second half of term) to complete 6 credits in 14 weeks.  In the summer teachers take one or two courses during the first 7 weeks of the summer (June-July).

Students and faculty typically participate in lively asynchronous discussions throughout the week around new content and findings. Faculty are accessible, supportive, and dedicated to helping teachers improve their practice. Learning is designed to be iterative and foster critically reflective practice. Our dedicated faculty bring classroom-based expertise and design courses to facilitate meaningful professional learning. Course activities and resources improve teacher knowledge, classroom practices, and student outcomes.

Classes are asynchronous, so students can choose to work when it fits with their schedules. Typically a course requires 10-12 hours of work a week, distributed over at least three separate days of the week. Most students check in daily and then reserve a few days a week to do a deeper dive into the new content. 

All courses include learning teams as a component of instruction. Similarly situated teachers (or teachers who join the program together) meet virtually (or in-person as able) to verbally process course content and problem-solve around classroom implementation or integrating new course concepts into existing schema.

Synchronous virtual meetings with instructors happen at student's convenience to provide just-in-time support or as part of an assessment process initiated by the instructor.


The MAED: Curriculum and Instruction Program is offered online.  An in-person orientation is offered when possible. 

The Curriculum and Instruction program requires 31 semester credits of coursework for completion. In addition to 10 credits from required classes, teachers choose 21 credits from an array of course offerings. 

Years to Complete the Program

The degree program must be completed within seven years, beginning with the first coursework in the program.

Progression Policy

In order to remain in good standing, students must fulfill the following:

  • maintain an overall 3.0 grade point average.
  • earn a grade of C or better in each graduate course.
  • adhere to the department’s criteria for professional/ethical behavior, integrity, honesty, personal behavior, respect for others and the Minnesota code of ethics for teachers.


Required Courses
EDUC 6000Becoming Scholars: Evidence-Based Best Practice3
EDUC 6670Introduction to Action Research3
EDUC 6760Integration Seminar3
EDUC 8920Action Research Project1
Select 21 credits from the following:21
Curriculum and Instruction Courses
Best Practices in 1:1 (Requirement for EDUC 6110, or EDUC 6420, will be determined by the program director at the time of admission)
Making Data Meaningful
Native Americans: Building Respectful Pedagogy and Curriculum
Literacy and Learning Redefined in the Digital Era
Differentiation in a Digitally-Mediated Environment
Hands-OnSTEAM: Animation in the K-12 Classroom
EDUC 6520
Critical Literacies for the K-12 Classroom
Formative and Standards Based Assessment
Best Practices with Informational Texts K-12
Classrooms by Design
Teacher as Educational Leader
STEM and Technology Integration Courses
EDUC 6100
Trauma Informed Pedagogy
EDUC 6200
Addressing the Mental Health and Social-Emotional Needs of K-12 Students
Literacy through STEM: Using Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking as Tools in STEM
EDUC 6400
Special Education for the General Education Teacher
Digital Video for K-12 Classroom Settings
The Outdoor Classroom 1
Citizen Science as Service Learning in the Natural World
SySTEMic Integration - Transforming Education through STEM Instruction 1
Explorations in Earth Science 1
Hands on STEM: Maker Space in the K-8 Setting
Total Credits31