The online Master's in Curriculum and Instruction is designed for teachers and educators who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and have a teaching license or certificate of instruction in any content area at any age/grade-band level (Infant-Adult). Educators entering the C&I Master’s program at Ohio University are seeking opportunities to advance their knowledge, skills, and dispositions in instruction, curriculum design, and evaluation. Coursework and clinical experiences in your own classrooms or nontraditional educational settings will focus on innovations in teaching, student learning, curriculum development, pedagogy, assessment, mentoring, and community involvement culminating in a Master’s Action Research project that you will complete in your own classroom, school, educational setting, or community.
Please note: While working on your M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, you must also be gainfully employed as an educator in an educational setting during the Fall and Spring semesters in which you are taking courses.
Because this program is aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), graduates will be prepared to sit for the NBPTS exam and submit at least one portfolio towards the NBPT certification.
Program of Study
The program was designed to be completed in four semesters and an alternative sequence is available that allows Patton College of Education Teaching Fellows to complete the program in three semesters. However, as with any master's program, you have five years to finish.
Completing the program in four semesters requires completing courses in the first Summer, Fall, Spring, and following Summer terms. The recommended sequence of coursework is shown in the table below. Teaching Fellows must follow an alternative program of study to finish in three semesters.
A Brief Statement of your Qualifications and Professional Goals
Describe your personal and professional background, including teacher preparation, teaching field, and teaching experiences;
Describe your current and long-range professional goals.
A Copy of Your Current Resume or Curriculum Vita
Contact the college or university where you received your bachelor’s degree to request 2 official transcripts to be sent to Ohio University Graduate College, 220 Research and Technology Center, Athens, OH 45701
Note: If you earned your bachelor’s degree at Ohio University, you do not need to request transcripts.
You must hold a currently valid teaching license. Please indicate your currently valid License number. If teaching in a non-traditional educational setting, a letter of reference from your supervisor and any certificates should be submitted in your application in place of a license number.
The tuition schedule provides a breakdown of the tuition and fees (including the non-resident fees for those who live outside of the state of Ohio). You will see that our tuition is very similar to, if not cheaper than, other institutions with our accreditation level.
Since this program is designed for working teachers, we only offer two courses in the fall and spring semesters with research and project topics centered around your actual work in the classroom and school. Other courses are offered during our two summer sessions at which time most educators have a break from their busiest in-school schedules.
When does the program start and how long does it take to finish the program?
You can join the program in any term. However, if you want to finish in four semesters (the fastest completion), it is best to start in the first summer session which begins in May. Nevertheless, it is still possible to join in Fall or Spring and still finish well within two years. And it is possible to take a slower pace, if you so desire. We will be as flexible as is needed to keep you progressing toward your degree.
I have been accepted to The Patton College Teaching Fellows program. Can I complete a Curriculum and Instruction master’s in three semesters?
Yes! Teaching Fellows can follow an accelerated course of study to finish in three semesters. You would take three courses in summer semester, four courses in fall semester, and four courses in spring semester.
Are all of the classes online?
Yes, all of the classes are online and for the most part asynchronous. Some instructors may require online meetings, but these are planned well in advance and scheduled with the students.