Online MAEd in Curriculum and Instructional Design

Online Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) with a specialization in Curriculum and Instructional Design

  • Program completion in as few as 24 months
  • Seven-week terms
  • Six start dates per year
  • No GRE required
  • Cost per credit hour — $710
    • 18 credits — core credits
    • 15 credits — specialization credits
    • 3 credits — capstone

Online MAEd in Curriculum and Instructional Design

The specialization in Curriculum and Instructional Design is designed for working professionals likely to be classroom teachers seeking professional advancement and development. Students within this program refine their knowledge related to social justice foundational thinking; all courses emphasize this phenomenon. Within this conceptual umbrella students gain foundational skills related to student learning and development. Particular emphasis is placed on English language learners and others whose life challenges may hinder their learning opportunities. Students learn to approach curricular design principles with respect for a range of considerations and expand their appreciation for assessment issues, standards-based learning, and educational technology.


Below is a sample list of courses you will learn from while enrolled in the online MAEd program.

MALT 601 Foundations of Learning: Social Justice and Conflicting Philosophical Paradigms (3 credits)
This course provides an historical overview of the political and socio-cultural philosophical paradigms of education encompassing the purpose of education, role of the teacher, role of the student, learning theories and pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and restorative justice through the theoretical orientation of critical theory.

MAEd 612 Instructional Pedagogy and Technology (3 credits)
This course addresses the pedagogy and technology knowledge necessary to address issues of equity and access to support the development of technology––rich learner- centered environments. Students explore contemporary instructional topics and select, design, evaluate, and implement technology-enhanced learning tools to promote collaboration, creativity, and communication.

MAEd 616 Advanced Literacy (3 credits)
This course examines principles and practices related to the teaching of literacies across K-12 settings. Core elements related to literacy acquisition and critical literacy are explored and related to models of instruction. Key topics include language development, struggling readers and writers, assessment, technology and literacy, and critically effective teaching environments.

If you would like to view a full list of courses and their descriptions, please download a program brochure.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the curriculum and instructional design specialization, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand models of the literacy acquisition process and learn to complement instruction with key assessment processes
  • Design curricular approaches in consideration of a diverse range of learners across the educational spectrum
  • Adapt foundational materials for students who require special consideration, especially English language learners, students with special needs, and students who struggle with reading and writing
  • Infuse curricular planning with social justice considerations to accommodate students needing extra consideration
  • Apply a functional knowledge of educational technology applications and incorporate them into curriculum design(s)