The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed for licensed teachers seeking to become learning specialists in a selected area of the field of education, to advance within their career and to meet professional development renewal requirements. The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction aims at preparing individuals who will become curriculum and instructional leaders.
The program emphasizes the development of competencies related to the design, development, and implementation of curriculum and instruction, as well as the use of research and data to guide curriculum and instruction decisions. The program focuses on leadership to support students in meeting the emphasis on this element in the Illinois State Board of Education’s standards for teachers and the same emphasis in the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
- Study the design, development, and implementation of curriculum and instruction, as well as using research and data to guide decision-making.
- Balance work and study with evening courses scheduled at convenient times for practicing teachers.
- Complete the program in two academic years.
There are a number of possible uses for a degree in curriculum and instruction. Of course, one will become a better teacher and may remain in the classroom (usually with an increase in salary). And, of course, earning a master's degree is a step toward a doctorate.
- Candidates will apply deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students.
- Candidates will hold high expectations and build on the assets of diverse students.
- Candidates will utilize information from theories and related research-based practices when making decisions and taking action in their professional practice.
- Candidates will use data to drive instruction and assess teaching and learning effectiveness.
Our Commitment to You
Upon graduation with an MEd degree in curriculum and instruction from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to succeed as a teacher.
You'll apply a deep understanding of both content and pedagogy to provide developmentally appropriate instruction to all students. Through our practitioner-researcher framework, you'll develop expertise in curriculum, instruction, leadership, research, program evaluation, and professionalism.
In your own classroom, you'll utilize information from theories and related research-based practices when making decisions and taking action in their professional practice, and rely on data to drive instruction and assess teaching and learning effectiveness.
At Loyola, we value the interdependence and emerging relationships among educational and social communities, and are always guided by principles of equity and social justice in these interactions. In this teaching degree program, you'll foster your own individuality, cultural awareness, social responsibility, and creative inquiry.
Our dedicated Teaching and Learning Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.
- Hank Bohanon, PhD
- Curriculum foundations-practice-policies
- Field-based teacher education and teacher advocacy
- Collaborative school-community partnerships
- Participatory action research and evaluation practices.
- Language, literacy, and culture
- Culturally responsive practice and curriculum reform
- Instructional design and teaching practices
- Spirituality & transformative curriculum leadership
- Disciplinary expertise: Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Elementary Ed, Special Ed, and Early Childhoo
Completion of the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction degree requires 30 semester hours and completion of a written exam. Practicum is required, including an Action Research Project.
A full-time student enrolled in three courses per semester can complete this program in four semesters, with an allowance for the comprehensive in the fourth semester. Part-time students who enroll in two courses per semester in an academic year typically complete the program in six semesters. Students have five years from acceptance to complete the program.
Master's students in Curriculum and Instruction are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Assistant Dean of Student Academic Affairs.
Students should present transcript evidence of successful completion ("B" or better) of the courses listed below, or their equivalent. Students who enter the program without these prerequisites may complete them while enrolled in the program. However, prerequisite hours will not be applied to the total of 45 required hours. Upon acceptance, transcripts will be reviewed to determine if prerequisites have been meet.
- CIEP 440: Curriculum and Instruction
- CIEP 442: Curriculum Development
- RMTD 400: Research Methods
- RMTD 404: Statistics
Note: CIEP 440 and 442 can be used to fulfill focus area hours; RMTD 400 and 404 can not be used to full focus area hours
Required Core Courses (24 semester hours)
- RMTD 520: Research Seminar
- CIEP 521: Curriculum Theory and Research
- CIEP 522: Curriculum Policy
- CIEP 523: School Improvement and Curriculum Reform
- CIEP 524: Privilege, Power, and Possibilities: Multicultural Education in Urban Classrooms
- CIEP 561: Practicum
Required Research Courses (9 semester hours)
- RMTD 406: Program Evaluation
- RMTD 420*: Educational Research I: Building a Body of Evidence Using Qualitative Methods
Note: RMTD 400 is a prerequisite for both RMTD 406 and RMTD 420
- RMTD 421: Educational Research II: Building a Body of Evidence Using Quantitative Methods
Note: RMTD 404 is a prerequisite of RMTD 421
Focus Area Elective Courses (18 semester hours)
Choose four additional courses offered within the School of Education. Student should plan the electives with their advisor's assistance, based on the student’s career interest and dissertation interest. It is recommended that students whose dissertation analysis is beyond the scope of RMTD 420, RMTD 421, and RMTD 406 select an advanced research methods course that will support their dissertation data analysis as part of these 18 hours. This would be an agreed upon course between advisor, dissertation chair, and student.
A written comprehensive exam is required.
The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction has suspended admission until further notice.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships
The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. You can learn more on the Financial Assistance page.