Program of Study



Program of Study

Apply your learning directly to your classroom — finish in less than two years

Challenge yourself. Aim high. Make an impact on your career, your community and your classroom. Produce results for every learner.

The MAED: Curriculum and Instruction is the online master's degree for teachers who have a passion for improving student learning outcomes. In each course, you’ll gain leading-edge, advanced learning you can apply immediately to your own classroom (any grade level, any content area).

In your final action research project, you’ll dig deep into a topic of your choosing that will push you to become a more effective, ethical teacher-leader.

Flexible online learning — with a personal touch

You'll study when and where you choose through online learning, and graduate in just 19-21 months. Learning is largely “asynchronous," meaning you can complete coursework at times of your own choosing..  

But you won't be alone — a close-knit community of fellow teachers and faculty mentors will see you through to completion of your master's. Our emphasis on collaboration and support is one reason 97% of our students graduate on time. Each week, in each course, you’ll interact with your instructors and other students on your learning team through e-mail and the web-based D2L learning platform.

Getting started: On-campus kickoff

At the beginning of your first term, you'll come to our St. Paul, Minnesota campus for a one-day, face-to-face experience. You'll get an in-depth orientation to the program, get to know faculty members, and connect with colleagues in your student cohort.  You'll form relationships that will last throughout your online learning experience.

Your degree plan

See below for a sample listing of courses, 31 graduate credits in total, required for the MAED: Curriculum and Instruction. This information is an introductory description intended only for prospective students, and is subject to change. The university's official curriculum, including full descriptions of courses, is listed in the online graduate catalog.

You'll study year-round through three academic terms: Fall, Spring and Summer. You may start in any academic term. Depending on when you start, you'll complete the program in 19-21 months.

Term I

  • The Teacher in the Classroom
  • Integrating Technology into the Classroom

Term II

  • Teaching and Learning in an Academically Diverse Classroom 

Term III

  • Alternative Assessment Models 

Term IV

  • Introduction to Action Research 
  • Classrooms by Design

Term V