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American College of Education

Dual Degree in Curriculum and Instruction

Graduates of American College of Education's M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program and M.Ed. in Elementary Education program are eligible to earn a second degree, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, by completing a sequence of eight courses, which includes an internship and capstone experience. This option applies exclusively to graduates of American College of Education.

Choose from the following options:

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for M.Ed. in Educational Leadership graduates
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for M.Ed. in Elementary Education graduates

Become a master teacher with this online degree program. Start your application, or check admission requirements.

How to apply

To apply for the Dual Degree program, do not log in with your existing portal access. Create a new login and password, and then submit a new application. You will need to pay the $50 application fee.

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Graduates of the American College of Education M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program are eligible to earn a second degree, the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction by completing a sequence of seven courses, which includes a capstone experience. This option applies exclusively to graduates of the American College of Education.


M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Elementary Education

Graduates of the American College of Education M.Ed. in Elementary Education are eligible to earn a second degree, the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, by completing a sequence of seven courses, which includes a capstone experience. This option applies exclusively to graduates of the American College of Education.

Course Plan for Graduates of M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

(3 semester credits each unless noted otherwise; course order based on availability)

CI5333 Student Engagement
CI5103 Curriculum and Instructional Design for Diversity
CI5353 Standards-Driven Learning
CI5423 Community of Learners
LEAD5393 Teacher Leadership
CI5091 Capstone Experience for Curriculum and Instruction (1 semester credit)

Total: 16 semester credits


Course Plan for Graduates of M.Ed. in Elementary Education

(3 semester credits each unless noted otherwise; course order based on availability)

CI5333 Student Engagement
CI5423 Community of Learners
CI5453 Learning with Technology
CI5033 Creating Safe and Supportive Classrooms
ED5053 Community Engagement, Outreach, and Collaboration
LIT5203 Strengthening Literacy      OR
LIT5233 Prescriptive Intervention for Reading Difficulties (Michigan students)
CI5091 Capstone Experience for Curriculum and Instruction (1 semester credit)

Total: 19 semester credits

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction for Graduates of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership

CI5353 Standards-Driven Learning

This course focuses on the major theories, strategies, and applications utilized in P-12 standards-driven learning environments. Participants review and apply current literature and educational research studies concerning standards-based curriculum and implementation strategies and tools.

CI5423 Community of Learners

This course prepares students to implement strategies for building a learning community. An emphasis is placed on the application of the learner-centered principles, cooperative and problem-based learning strategies, and the promotion of integrated curriculum and critical thinking.

CI5333 Student Engagement

This course prepares teachers to establish high expectations for all students and to effectively evaluate and implement theories of motivation and cognitive engagement in classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on different theories of motivation and how classroom, school, work, and social environments shape and influence student motivation.

CI5313 Curriculum & Instructional Design for Multicultural Classrooms

This course assists students in developing rigorous, appropriate curriculum and instruction. Multiculturalism, culturally relevant pedagogy, differentiated instruction, and thematic, interdisciplinary unit planning are emphasized. Using a curricular framework, students plan, evaluate, reflect on, and adapt curricula experiences that build successful learning environments for all learners including English language learners.

CI5393 Teacher Leadership

This course explores the critical roles teachers play in decision-making through the perspective of multiple stakeholders. Learners engage in leadership interactions to develop problem-solving skills and the ability to become change agents for continuous school improvement.

DL5013 The Digital Learner

This course examines the impact of technology on learning as well as how today’s student navigates a media-rich world. Topics include the human-computer interface, technology and the brain, diffusion of innovations, and connectivity through social media. The course considers trends and issues in educational technologies as well as research into the effects of technology on society.

CI5091 Capstone Experience for Curriculum and Instruction (1 semester credit)

The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout and as a result of the Curriculum and Instruction program.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction for Graduates of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education

CI5333 Student Engagement

This course prepares teachers to establish high expectations for all students and to effectively evaluate and implement theories of motivation and cognitive engagement in classroom learning. Emphasis will be placed on different theories of motivation and how classroom, school, work, and social environments shape and influence student motivation.

CI5423 Community of Learners

This course prepares students to implement strategies for building a learning community. An emphasis is placed on the application of the learner-centered principles, cooperative and problem-based learning strategies, and the promotion of integrated curriculum and critical thinking.

CI5453 Learning with Technology

This course examines the use of computer technology for managing 21st century classrooms and providing differentiated instructions to 21st century learners. Learners will evaluate their own use and their school district’s use of technology and develop action plans for integration and change.

CI5033 Creating Safe and Supportive Classrooms

Through classroom application of course content, this course provides students with substantial practical experience as they master and implement preventive and positive classroom management strategies. In addition, students acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge about the relationships between school-wide systems and behavioral development, learning, and achievement among students with diverse needs.

ED5053 Community Engagement

How can those within the community support the established teaching and learning goals set by the school? This course provides a foundation for developing relationships among stakeholders in the school community—students, school, parents, and the community at large—for the express goal of supporting student learning. In addition to examining research findings, students will explore family engagement, mutually beneficial community relationships, and student advocacy. The course culminates with a plan for continuing school improvement and professional growth.

LIT5203 Strengthening Literacy (Non-Michigan version of LIT5233)

This course prepares students to implement a school-wide leadership initiative to improve a comprehensive range of literacy skills. Specific principles and theories of reading instruction are evaluated in relation to currently employed practice so teachers can immediately strengthen instruction. Students examine the scientific research base underlying different models of reading instruction. Special attention is given to curriculum mapping, alignment, and the development of an implementation plan to strengthen literacy.

CI5091 Capstone Experience for Curriculum and Instruction (1 semester credit)

The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout and as a result of the Curriculum and Instruction program.

Program Semester Credits Tuition Per Credit Total Tuition
For Graduates of Elementary Education 19 $235 $4,465
For Graduates of Educational Leadership 16 $235 S3,760

Applicable fees

  • Application fee: $50
  • Technology fee: $10 per credit hour (for a total of $190 and $160, respectively)
  • Program conferral fee: $100

Total program cost: 
For graduates of M.Ed. in Elementary Education: $4,805
For graduates of M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: $4,070

For more information, visit the tuition section.