Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (MSCI)

Online Education Degree



Our online MSCI program, top ranked by US News and World Report, is crafted for teachers who understand the impact that specialized curriculum and instruction have on student learning, and who want to know more about the administrative rigors and responsibilities in an educational organization. Turn your passion for invigorating students into an opportunity for career growth, and master the skills necessary to lead schools into 21st-century education.

In this program, courses introduce a systematic approach to instructional design and are taught by either practitioners in the field or doctoral-level professors, all of whom are dedicated to developing the highest quality teachers. We follow the Interstate Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

The curriculum for this program is offered through Concordia University Ann Arbor and is developed to meet all Michigan state standards. It is also able to meet many other state standards. Please check with your state’s department for details.

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Goals / Objectives

  • Experience in developing needs-based curriculum
  • Motivation to effectively lead a school toward meeting the needs of all students
  • Insights into improving the quality and effectiveness of instructional curriculum and assessment
  • Ability to communicate assessment results in order to improve curriculum, instruction, and student learning

Career Outlook

  • Coordinator of Curriculum Development
  • Early Childhood Program Administrator
  • Principal
  • Vice Principal
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Numeracy Specialist
  • Instructional Coach
  • Data Specialist
  • Testing Coordinator
  • Assessment and Instructional Support Specialist

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Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

31 Credits Required

Leadership in Curriculum & Instruction (EDU 821) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course presents an application of leadership theory, curriculum development theory, educational planning theory, general learning theory, to the understanding of curriculum and instruction from a leadership perspective. Participants examine their own communication and leadership styles, especially as they relate to their role in the classroom and on instructional teams. It integrates models, research, and practical applications of design and evaluation of curriculum and instruction. Guiding questions for this course include the following: What does instructional leadership look like at the elementary, middle, and high school levels? How can practices appear to be most successful in improving teaching and learning both in the classroom and in the wider school community?
Instructional Design (EDU 831) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to a systematic approach to instructional design as a necessary foundation for developing needs-based curriculum. Current models of instructional design are explored and specific focus is given to learning theories as they apply to the development of instruction. Students apply the systematic process of translating learning needs into teaching solutions through analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of instructional products.
Methods of Research (for MS) (EDU 850) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Research Methods in Education provides a broad introduction to educational research and the various traditions found within the community of educational researchers. Attention will be given to the central role of data collection and interpretation in curricular, programmatic, and leadership decision-making. The student will examine the moral, legal, and ethical issues that arise when conducting research. The coursework leads to the development of the initial research project design for meeting the degree requirements of the Master of Science in Educational Leadership.
Cultural Issues in Curriculum, Classroom & Community (EDU 860) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The students will examine how issues of ethnicity, economic status, gender, geography, history and other considerations play a significant role in the forces which shape and define educational settings. Through exploration of the schools' political/social environments, students will discover the factors that influence educational policy and how educational policy shapes curriculum.
Teaching Diverse Learners (EDU 865) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Students will explore issues with special populations; gifted, special needs, and students with disabilities, which effect curriculum development, instructional patterns, and differentiation in the classroom. Strategies for identifying students, developing instructional plans, and implementing curriculum will be a focus of the course.
Professional Learning Communities in a Pluralistic Society (EDU 870) - Credits: 3

Course Description

An overview of the development of learning communities within the school system. The emphasis in this course is that the school system reflects the community it serves. This includes developing partnerships with parents, the business community and local/state/federal agencies that serve the community.
Standards Based Curriculum & Instruction (EDU 871) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course focuses on the development of strategies for linking national and state standards to classroom curriculum. This course will explore the historical foundations for the standards movement as well as current research on standards as a basis for understanding standard-based instruction. The content includes grade-level benchmarks and assessments, development of a pacing chart, scope and sequence, and identifies instructional resources.
Assessment & Evaluation (EDU 911) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course focuses on the concept of assessment as linked to the learning process and teaching practice. Participants look at the theory and principals that support assessment practices, especially as they apply to teacher made tests and other evaluation instruments. The course includes alternatives to traditional forms of assessment and explores factors that influence student performance.
Instructional Technology & The Reflective Educator (EDU 920) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The theory/practice of implementing curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning.
Guided Research and Practice (EDU 995) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The graduate student will work with his/her university research supervisor to write and submit the final Action Research Report. The focus of this course is the completion of the research report. This report is written according to Concordia University's prescribed format and writing style. This is a Pass/No Credit course.
Portfolio Development (EDU 796) - Credits: 1

Course Description

This catalog guides students in the preparation and completion of the professional portfolio through a series of workshops and assignments. The portfolio is a culmination of the student's accomplishments, skills, ability, and aptitude; and presents a visual demonstration and clear understanding of student mastery of necessary skills presented in the MS Curriculum and Instruction program. Prerequisites: EDU521, EDU531, EDU551, EDU571, EDU600 and EDU611

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