Master of Education
Curriculum and Instruction

All-in price:
$9,500
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Application due date for October 4, 2021 term:
October 1
Estimated time to completion:
17 Months
All-in price:
$9,500
View Tuition Details
Application due date for October 4, 2021 term:
October 1
Estimated time to completion:
17 Months

Learn how students learn.

Looking to transform your practice? This program helps PreK-12 educators address real-life instructional challenges in today’s diverse classrooms. Using the “learn, apply, assess” model, you’ll start to improve student performance while applying evidence-based instruction and comprehensive accountability. You’ll design developmentally and culturally appropriate instructional units to improve equity and academic achievement.
#4

in the nation for most master's degrees awarded in education*.

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How you'll get there.

  1. You’ll take a total of twelve courses (most students take one at a time) that center around curriculum and instruction. You’ll explore safe and supportive classrooms, student engagement, and standards-driven learning. One course focuses on teacher leadership, another in assessment strategies, and another in research methods. You’ll also take two courses in literacy. Each course is five weeks long.
  2. Your chosen focus of study comprises three courses to align with your goals. You may choose from the list below or you can customize your own General Track by selecting the courses that interest you most.
    • Curriculum and Instruction Core
    • Differentiated Instruction
    • Digital Learning and Teaching
    • Effective Classroom Management
    • Elementary English Language Arts and Literacy
    • Mathematics K-6
    • Mathematics 6-8
    • Science
    • Secondary English Language Arts and Literacy
    • General Track
  3. At the end of the program, you’ll complete a capstone course to demonstrate and document the impact of the knowledge you’ve gained throughout the program.

What you can expect along the way.

  • Quality instruction ACE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and we’re the #4 nationwide conferrer of master’s degrees in education.*
  • Flexible class format Our asynchronous online classes enable you to plan your coursework around your life. Each course is 5 weeks long with outlined expectations each week.
  • Relevant coursework Designed with diverse PreK-12 students in mind, our classes teach practical and immediately applicable skills. What you learn at ACE today can be applied in your classroom tomorrow.
  • Customizable curriculum Choose from several focus of study options or create your own General Track by choosing three courses that interest you most.
  • Dual degree pathway available After you complete the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, you can earn an M.Ed. in Elementary Education in less time.

What it costs

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Total Tuition

34 semester credits
x $235 per credit

$7,990

Fees

$50 Application Fee

$1,360 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee

$1,510

Total Program Cost1

$9,500

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Tiffany Hamlett, Ph.D.

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A degree you can count on.

We are, and have always been, accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.

Dual Degree Programs

After you complete your M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, you can earn a second M.Ed. degree in less time due to the overlap in required courses. If you’re interested in an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership or an M.Ed. in Elementary Education, visit our Dual Degree page.

Courses

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 34 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Choose your focus of study.

Nine of your semester credits will specialize in a focus area of your choice. View the College Catalog for full descriptions.  You also have the option of customizing this program by selecting a General Track and choosing the three courses that best fit your needs.

  • Curriculum and Instruction Core
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Digital Learning and Teaching
  • Effective Classroom Management
  • Elementary English Language Arts and Literacy
  • Mathematics 6-8
  • Mathematics K-6
  • Science
  • Secondary English Language Arts and Literacy

Curriculum and Instruction Courses (13 semester credits)

3 semester credits

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.

3 semester credits

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, implementation strategies and tools.

3 semester credits

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.

3 semester credits

This course assists in the development of 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 to build successful learning environments for all learners.

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.

Research Courses (3 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course enables students to become informed consumers of research and to develop skills to prepare them to carry out action research in their professional organizations. An emphasis is placed on providing students with knowledge they can apply in determining whether particular research findings are relevant to their leadership and instructional practices and to distinguish between trustworthy and non-trustworthy research. The course places action research within the context of various types of research and examines research in terms of basic concepts and various purposes, methods, data, and paradigms. Emphasis is placed on how research can become a vital and relevant tool for professional practice.

Literacy Courses (3 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course prepares students to implement a schoolwide 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.

Teaching/Learning Core Courses (3 semester credits)

3 semester credits

Embracing the value of assessment and evaluation is the first step in improving learner outcomes through datadriven decision-making. This course develops relevant competencies and promotes a healthy balance of utilizing formative and summative assessments, evaluation practices, and data to inform and guide integrated curriculum development and instructional delivery. Assessments can provide facilitators with the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of diverse learners in a variety of school and organizational settings.

Leadership Courses (3 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course explores leadership models to increase teacher leadership through collaboration, mentoring, and shared governance within school organizations. Participants will engage in self-evaluation to identify their leadership qualities and capacity for leadership activity, to improve professional practices positively impacting student achievement. Participants will engage in critical thinking and problem-solving skills to navigate demands from multiple stakeholders and become advocates for continuous school improvement.

Focus of Study

Customize this degree by choosing a three-course Focus of Study to fulfill the remaining nine semester credits.

Curriculum and Instruction Core (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course reviews data related to the effectiveness of educational initiatives emphasizing evidence-based instructional design models used to assess and instruct students with diverse learning needs. Special attention is given to inclusion of traditionally underrepresented learner populations, i.e.; special education, LEP, economically disadvantaged, and ethnic minorities.

3 semester credits

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.

3 semester credits

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.

Differentiated Instruction (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course examines the major tenets of differentiated instruction in relation to the diverse needs of 21st century learners, establishing and authenticating the philosophy driving learning centered teaching while exploring how neurological changes influence thinking. A range of instructional and assessment options are prospected to amplify the learning experience exemplified by national and state standards.

3 semester credits

Exploring the impact of 21st century skills on traditional literacies, this course disseminates characteristics of the new literacies including visual, digital, critical, economic, and scientific as they influence sustainable learning in content areas while instruction shifts to accommodate these differences. By building connections and layering curriculum, this course probes effective frameworks to deliver a range of instructional options to brand the cognitive and affective domains.

3 semester credits

Blending principles of thought with action, this course maximizes learning through integrated and inquiry-based experiences, enhanced creative expressions, and elements found in habits of the mind; applying brain-based research to augment instruction. Moving principles to form action, concepts of DI are infused into lesson plans by contrasting frameworks to deliver content, process and products, while influencing affective thought within the learning environment.

Digital Learning and Teaching (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

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.

3 semester credits

This course uses a project-based approach in studying technology in education, best practices for classroom teachers, and strategies for professional development in light of emerging technologies. The course addresses 21st century standards for education, educators' digital presence, cloud computing, and digital ethics.

3 semester credits

This course examines multiple approaches to teaching in the digital age including computer and web-based learning.  The course considers game-based learning, interactive approaches, and best practices for technology as a tool for teaching and learning. 

Effective Classroom Management (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course prepares educators to implement a Positive Behavioral Support System (PBSS). The evidenced-based PBSS components are designed to guide educators to teach preK-12 learners competencies in social, emotional, and behavioral self-management for consistent application in classrooms and school-wide.

3 semester credits

This course emphasizes the role of social skills instruction in effective classroom and school management. The Stop & Think program serves as a model in the course to assist educators in implementing a cognitive-behavioral approach to the teaching of social skills. Prevention of and response to student teasing, taunting, bullying, harassment, and physical aggression are a major course focus.

3 semester credits

This course prepares educators to assist challenging students through the use of evidence-based behavioral interventions. Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) is a major focus of the course with major emphasis on strategic Tier 2. Tier 3 interventions for intensive student need and crisis management situations are also addressed.

Elementary English Language Arts and Literacy (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

The course introduces the foundations of elementary level reading and English language arts (ELA) to support literacy and communications skills across disciplines. Principles and methods of inquiry to foster critical and creative thinking are utilized to examine methods for introducing language arts concepts across curriculum. This course also examines issues related to integrating reading skills to enhance fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension in a variety of text structures and across content areas.

3 semester credits

This course builds key concepts related to phonemic awareness and phonics, shaping an emerging understanding of the connection between language and the written code, listening and talking, and ELA principles. Essential components of effective reading instruction will be explored using research based best practices. Students will analyze critical elements of emerging skills to foster the use of appropriate instruction and assessment strategies across developmental stages, content areas and technology to support elementary age learners.

3 semester credits

This course examines issues related to integrating curriculum to enhance fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension in a variety of text structures and literacies across the content areas for elementary grade levels. Utilizing core concepts, ELA skills will be used to build connections between disciplines and extending into real-world applications. A range of instructional strategies for assessment, intervention, and enrichment will be evaluated to support diverse learners. Key dimensions for the development of differentiated instruction will promote blending of resources from the school environment, community and abroad, including the use of technology.

Mathematics 6-8 (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course facilitates students' appreciation and investigation of mathematical structure by examining number systems, patterns, operations, and properties. Those structures are applied to achieve a deeper understanding of the concepts and problem-solving procedures involving ratios and proportions. Throughout the course, students will focus on learners in Grades 6−8 to apply classroom-relevant strategies and technology for problem-solving, reasoning to justify procedures and solutions, communication through multiple representations and connections to prior and future mathematical learning and real life.

3 semester credits

This course facilitates students' appreciation and investigation of mathematical reasoning by examining concepts related to algebra (expressions, equations, and functions), rates of change, and logic (inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, and abductive reasoning). Throughout the course, students will focus on learners in Grades 6−8 to apply classroom-relevant strategies and technology for problem-solving, reasoning to justify procedures and solutions, communication through multiple representations and connections to prior and future mathematical learning and real life.

3 semester credits

This course facilitates students' appreciation and investigation of mathematical modeling by examining concepts related to plane and solid geometry, statistics, and probability. Throughout the course, students will focus on learners in Grades 6−8 to apply classroom-relevant strategies and technology for problem-solving, reasoning to justify procedures and solutions, communication through multiple representations and connections to prior and future mathematical learning and real life.

Mathematics K-6 (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

In this course, students will investigate and implement standards-based and evidence-based strategies to improve the performance of K-6 learners in development of basic number and counting skills, estimation, number combinations and mathematical facts, operations on whole numbers, and algebraic thinking. Throughout the course, students will focus on problem-solving, reasoning to justify procedures and solutions, communication through multiple representations and connections to prior and future mathematical learning and real life.

3 semester credits

In this course, students will investigate and implement standards-based and evidence-based strategies to improve the performance of K-6 learners in measurement, data, and geometric concepts. Concepts such as congruence, transformations, area, perimeter, measurement units, and basic descriptive statistics will be investigated. Throughout the course, students will focus on problem-solving, reasoning to justify procedures and solutions, communication through multiple representations and connections to prior and future mathematical learning and real life.

3 semester credits

In this course, students will investigate and implement standards/evidence-based strategies to improve the performance of K-6 learners by conceptualizing the importance of equivalence, magnitude, part-whole relationships, the relationship between fractions and decimals, and operations on fractions and decimals. Throughout the course, students will focus on problem-solving, reasoning to justify procedures and solutions, communication through multiple representations and connections to prior and future mathematical learning and real life.

Science (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course provides a holistic overview of historical and current issues and trends impacting science education in today's global society. Emphasis is placed on the examination of diverse viewpoints and approaches to integrated science education to examine research-based integrative models and strategies for the improvement of student learning. Participants will examine current STEM education initiatives related to policy, method, and engagement. Critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and writing skills are emphasized. While using an integrated approach, this course spotlights content-rich components dedicated to biology, chemistry, and physics.

3 semester credits

The course will examine didactic strategies of pedagogy, andragogy, multiple intelligence theory, social learning theory and exchange theory to foster the innovative engagement of diverse learners. Emphasis will be placed on strategies related to the differentiation of instruction.

3 semester credits

This course will examine the integration of digital resources into the integrated science learning environment. Participates will explore digital resources and develop strategies for effectively integrating technology with didactic strategies to address the needs of diverse learners and enhance learning.

Secondary English Language Arts and Literacy (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course integrates English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy applications for developing skills across disciplines. Specific examples from secondary grade levels grades explore strategies to support literacy skills for older grade levels. Principles and methods of inquiry to foster critical and creative thinking are utilized evaluate effective strategies to support ELA concepts aligned to best practices.

3 semester credits

This course examines issues related to integrating communication skills to enhance fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension in a variety of text structures and literacies across the content areas for secondary learners. Utilizing core concepts, ELA skills will be used to build connections between disciplines of thought, extending into real-world applications. A range of instructional strategies for assessment, intervention, and enrichment will be evaluated as to their effectiveness for supporting engagement and motivation of learners. Key dimensions for the development of differentiated instruction will be addressed to support literacy and reading skills across disciplines.

3 semester credits

This course examines the use of language, literacy and modes of communications through content specific examples of ELA. Utilizing content-specific illustrations, learners examine major components of ELA and literacy to support conceptualization of knowledge for secondary grade levels. Prioritizing essential elements of thought characterized in a discipline, learners connect prior knowledge to authentic assessment options which support best practices and state standards related to ELA and literacy.

General Track (9 semester credits)

Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission*
  • Documentation of at least an initial teaching license (in the state the applicant resides), school service personnel license, or a school services certificate
  • If applicants do not have a teaching certificate, they may document their teaching status by providing evidence of full-time teaching assignment from an individual in a supervisory capacity of from a human resources official of the school at their current employment 

*Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.

1This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours or program pathway credit hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program or program pathway credit hours, receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment fifty cents ($0.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

For information on international transcript requirements, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

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